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Speak Up: Why Do You Skip Meat?

Kellie Pickler recently explained that it was Carrie Underwood who turned her on to the health benefits of being a vegetarian. However, after researching the issue further, she decided to ditch the meat for animal rights as well.

While I do eat many meatless meals, I am not strictly an herbivore because I enjoy meat and love that chicken is a great source of lean protein. I know a lot of you guys are vegetarians though so I am curious why you skip the meat? Is it strictly for health reasons? Or does it have to do with something else? And if you do eat meat, I'm not leaving you out, what's your reasoning for keeping it in your diet? Speak up and share your thoughts below, just please remember that everyone has the right to their opinion (and food choices) — we're not here to judge or be judged.


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lointhecity lointhecity 8 years
I´ve never really liked meat, I just ate it because it was given to me so it was easy. I stopped eating meat and chicken and fish for health concerns like 5 months ago. I started vegan the first couple of months, but it made my mother unbearable. I still stick to soy milk but I wont freak it there´s some cheese in my salad. I love the fact that there are no dead things on my plate.
bento-barista bento-barista 8 years
You know the ironic thing is that when this article came out I said something like "there is absolutely no life without meat" but as of the past three weeks, the other meat I've had is fish/shrimp and fully intend on trying out this whole vegetarian thing.
meringue meringue 8 years
I rarely eat red meat, more fish, vegetables, grains... I have read and try to follow the 'Eat right for your blood type' recommendations, and I have really found that they work for me I have type A blood, which lends itself to a more agregarian diet
spirited786 spirited786 8 years
Oh, and I drink soy milk, but that's more for the lactose-intolerance than anything else (otherwise it would be organic milk)...sorry I forgot to add that (It's another industrialized animal product). :-)
spirited786 spirited786 8 years
I eat meat, but after interning at an animal rights organization, and consistently being around photos of industrial farms, I've changed what kind of meat I'm eating. I'll now eat organic, GM-free (when I can find it) meat, and I'll buy cage-free, organic, vegetarian-fed chicken eggs because I found chicken farm conditions to be a lot more unpalatable than the ones in slaughterhouses. That being said, I'd never give up meat fully. There are just too many meat-based dishes that I love (chicken cordon bleau, sushi, hamburgers, salmon steaks, surf n' turf, calamari, etc.)! So, give me my meat, but it better be humane!
emily-violet emily-violet 8 years
Stop reading Skinny Beotch, and start reading The Omnivore's Dilemma. Michael Pollan will make you think twice about where what you eat comes from, but he doesn't discourage eating meat or anything of the sort. The disconnect between the industrialized agriculture where your food is produced and your table is so great that often times its impossible to tell where what you're putting into your body comes from. HAVING SAID THAT, making negative comments about what someone is eating is probably the absolute rudest thing you can do, so to each her own.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Like Kellie I stopped eating animals for health reasons, but I think I've stuck with it because of the ethical concerns! Cheese is my arch nemesis as far as health goes though...but I'm doing a lot better. Even though I really value my health, I think what prevents me from nomming on cows and pigs is that the industry is just so cruel, and the impact on the environment is so severe! In America today there really aren't compelling reasons to eat meat, because we have so many other sources of protein and vitamins that aren't obtained from killing sentient creatures in an inhumane way. Tofu, soy products, beans, legumes, etc. are all very nutritious and yummy! dance- I see what you're saying about the rise of heart disease, but I am pretty sure heart disease has been connected to eating saturated fats and cholesterol- like those found in meat products. Also, I'm no fan of artificial products, but thousands of years ago, before they existed, people didn't live to be 75, they lived to be 35. Just because we've been doing something for thousands of years doesn't automatically make it a healthy thing to do! Plus, thousands of years ago we didn't have ready access to prepared foods like tofu.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well to be honest, when i first became a vegetarian when i was 15, it was to be difficult. if my mom had to make dinner for my brothers, and they were all meat eaters then it meant that something different had to be made for me and that was my rebellion. now i don't eat meat for the animal rights element as well as the whole disgust factor. i think that although animals were put on the earth for a reason to be a source of nourishment, i don't believe in killing the animal, especially because we get so upset when animals in turn injure or kill people (out of self defense) or whatever the reason.
mlreed mlreed 8 years
I went vegan in January for ethical reasons. I had been a vegetarian for a year before that. Now I am happier and healthier than ever
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I was a vegetarian for ten years for ethical reasons, but then I sadly outgrew my idealism and gave in to being able to order anything off a menu. These days I still pass on the meat fairly often. I think there are a lot of dishes that taste better without meat, and happily there are a lot more vegetarian and vegan options commercially available in this decade than there were in the last.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
I've pretty much stopped eating red meat save for once or twice a month. I eat poultry from free range farms and fish. I cut back on meat for health reasons. It truly upsets my stomach. Not supporting the red meat industry and their unethical/inhumane treatment of animals is a bonus. Though the majority of my meals are now fruits and veggies, I know I won't go full vegetarian (even if my vegan girlfriend tries bringing me over to the veggie side, lol). I love Vegetarian Times :)
AnnaMaria816 AnnaMaria816 8 years
I've been a vegetarian since I was about 15(I'm 21 now). I am a major animal lover who spent some time on farms during my childhood. Once I spent time taking care of cows, pigs and chickens, I found it very tough to think of them as food. I just feel healthier not eating meat as well. But I do view it as a personal issue and I'd never try to "convert" any meat-eaters.
danceintheerain danceintheerain 8 years
See I actually eat meat because I believe it helps keep your weight down. A moderate amount of saturated fats in the diet raise HDL. Protein builds muscle and has a higher thermic effect than carbs or fats. And I believe that soy is a goitrogen, as well as containing oils that go rancid very quickly, causing cancers, etc. I'd recommend olive oil instead of soy, and eating meats as you desire. After all, humans have been eating meat and olive oil for THOUSANDS of years, and until recently, heart disease was largely unheard of. I think the real culprits behind almost all of our health ailments are refined carbohydrates, excess consumption of sugars, and artificial chemicals and preservatives. THOSE are new, and dangerous.
syako syako 8 years
I'm a meat eater through and through. Although I've noticed lately that most of my lunch-time choices have been meatless (sandwiches with feta and hummus, cheese ravioli, etc.), I normally at least have one meal a day with meat and it's usually dinner. I try to be a responsible and informed consumer of the meat I do purchase and eat (that includes eggs and milk too). Personally, I eat it for the protein and iron and for the fact that I, personally, don't see it as unethical to eat meat. (BTW, kudos to everyone for keeping this discussion attack-free!)
nikolem2 nikolem2 8 years
Why am I a vegetarian: -We do not need animal protein to be healthy -I do NOT believe it is our right as humans to kill animals just because we're smarter/more powerful than them -It's better for your health -It's WAY better for the environment -I don't believe in the factory farming of animals or the way that they are raised in feedlots, unnatural diets, and unhealthy conditions -I do not want to support the meat industry, which is sneaky, unethical and self-interested
javsmav javsmav 8 years
imcs--Veggies & hummus. I eat this several times a week. You can buy hummus or make a big batch. Buy a bag of pre-cut broccoli & cauliflower, steam it in the microwave a bit or eat it raw with the hummus. Add some pita chips. Easiest meal ever. pasta is really easy too--jar of tomato sauce, some frozen spinach, & ww pasta can be made in the time it takes to boil water + 12 minutes. veggie burger in the microwave with a ww bun and sweet potato fries = 25 minutes instant brown rice made in the microwave, a can of black beans and some salsa, guacamole, sour cream, &/or cheese = 12 minutes grilled cheese & a can of tomato soup = maybe 5 minutes there are so many fast & easy recipes that do not require slaving over the stove. Vegetarian times has some great quick recipes on their website. Limit your search to "quick" (at the top), "30 minutes" or "5 ingredient" (both at the bottom right) recipes. The 5 ingredient recipes are really easy...because there are only 5 ingredients.
imcs imcs 8 years
I eat meat for convenience. Unfortunately, I don't cook, and a lot of veggetarian meals require cooking and "playing" with the veggies and alternate protein sources. So as much as I wish I could be a veggetarian, it is more convenient and cost effective for me to throw a couple of chicken breasts in the oven and have dinner ready in 30-45 minutes, than to actually have to pull out a recipe and cook. If any veggetarian has alternate advice for avoiding the kitchen please share it with me!!!!
lawchick lawchick 8 years
I have been a vegetarian for 10 years because I love animals and don't want to eat them.
javsmav javsmav 8 years
I also run 30 to 40 miles a week. Again, fine if you WANT to eat meat, but you don't NEED to eat meat to be a runner. And being a vegetarian is cheaper than being a meat eater if you don't buy all the fake stuff. Tofu, beans, homemade veggie burgers, pb sandwiches--all extremely cheap. Especially compared to the quality of the meat you will get if you buy cheap meat.
sc-cutie sc-cutie 8 years
I love meat. I eat it at least twice a day in various forms.
Graze-With-Me Graze-With-Me 8 years
I could go either way, I tried the vegan thing after reading Skinny B**** and it helped me lose 7 lbs but my fiance is really passionate about hunting (deer and elk) and his family raises cattle in Nebraska. So that's pretty much the only meat that I ever eat, at least I know where it came from and that it wasn't some hormone injected miserable animal.
princessgouveia princessgouveia 8 years
I was vegetarian for several years but like a lot of people here ended up anemic so had to eat some meat. So now I still take supplements but try and eat meat 1-2 times a week mostly fish. I like the way some meat tastes, but I can't think of it as animal or I can't eat it, I have to think of it as an odd vegetable. I also have to admit I don't like the texture of most meat and prefer it slightly over cooked (besides fish) so its even closer to vegetables. My husband is from Oklahoma so when we go visit his family I eat enough meat that I can't stand anymore for about 3 months. Fish I will never give up because I love the taste and sushi is amazing.
jenniferjane jenniferjane 8 years
I run 30 to 40 miles a week and my body needs a lot of protein and iron! I do eat meat for this reason, but I am aware of the fact that my nutritional needs could be met in other ways. I also make a wage that is below the poverty level so expensive meat substitutes and vegan/vegetarian food don't really fit into my budget. I don't eat meat every single day though, and I try to get protein from other sources, like fat free cottage cheese, yogurt, and nuts. A diet with lots of variety seems to work very well for me!!
jamiedynamite jamiedynamite 8 years
My time as a vegetarian was definitely just a subset of an old eating disorder.I ate meat for the first time in a year two weeks ago and I've never felt better. I am in no way saying that vegetarians have eating disorders, but I think a lot of people who have been through eds have attemped to be vegetarians, and for all the wrong reasons.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I don't think there's anything wrong with eating meat. Our ancestors ate it for thousands and thousands of years. I eat meat like twice a day...a ham wrap for lunch and pork, steak, chicken, or ground beef for dinner. I love meat!
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