Here's what Natalie has to say about her food politics:
“I am a very strict vegetarian ... I just really, really love animals, and I act on my values.”
Did you know that for every one vegetarian more than 100 animals each are saved from suffering? There are amazing health benefits to sticking to a plant based diet, too. Vegetarians are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, or high blood pressure than meat-eaters. Another cool tidbit - on average, vegetarians are up to 20 lbs lighter than meat-eaters. So maybe moving towards a meatless week, month and year might be a more powerful lifestyle change than just a meatless Monday.
A balanced vegetarian diet full of legumes, whole grains, fruits and vegetables is extremely healthy. It's low in dietary cholesterol and saturated fat, so it's a great option if you are worried about high cholesterol. There are plenty of meat alternatives that taste like the real thing, but are much healthier for you, like Gardenburgers.
Being vegetarian is also good for other people. It takes tons of crops and water to raise farm animals - up to 16 lbs of grain to get just 1 lb of meat. All that plant food could be used more efficiently to feed people directly, and stop world hunger (that is we could all share). Not only that, but the meat industry creates tons of pollution, waste, and adds to global warming.
Fit's Tips: If you have been thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out the GoVeg website for information. It is chock full of helpful information.