I haven't found a thread on this yet, and I think it's overdue.
Let's discuss vegetarianism in all its flavors. If you please, discuss your reasoning/beliefs behind your own diet choice. Discuss the lifestyle, maybe input your personal meal planning advice or recipes too. I'd also be interested to see if there are any correlations between types and diet choice and its reasoning.
Here's a guideline if you'd like to answer to it:
- What type are you? (Meat-eater, pescatarian, ovo-lacto veg, vegan, etc)
- Were you raised with this diet or did you choose it yourself? At what point in your life did this occur?
- What is your main focus/reasoning for this dietary choice? (Tradition, ethics, health, not sure, etc)
- What are your thoughts on vegetarianism?
- How do you think your type or parts of your MBTI type plays a role in your dietary choice
- Other thoughts on the issue?
It'd be cool if ad hominem attacks were kept to a minimum, because while I think that this forum as a whole is well-mannered, I've seen many a thread on this subject devolve into people feeling defensive and thus attacking others.
Personally, I was raised in a traditional meat-eating home, and I came to choosing vegetarianism when I was 16. On the subject of dead animal product, I reject it for various reasons. First, the manner in which it is produced in my country on the industrial scale is deplorable. I may be more inclined to eat meat if I knew it came from a happy animal who lived a natural life of grazing, raising a family, and generally not being born to live out a short existence in small cage in terrible conditions (for a warm-blooded mammal). To this end, I support some form of animal rights.
Further, 6% of man-made carbon emissions is a direct result of livestock production. As an environmentalist of sorts, I recognize that the energy transfer from vegetation to animal is a significant loss, as is the resulting pollution (cow farts, manure runoff, etc), and many other side effects of having a middle-man organism in the food chain. These practices are not sustainable, and while modern agriculture at large is flawed, industrialized animal farming is the worst.
Healthwise, I'm genetically predisposed to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and colon cancer, so the worst thing I could do is elevate this risk by eating meat, as correlation studies inform me. I also do not generally trust animal products, as I've heard that 95%+ of food-borne pathogens transmit through them. The industrialized factor is also suspicious, with the animals being unnaturally injected with growth hormones, and the resulting meat being preserved with fairly toxic nitrites that metabolize into carcinogens.
Overall, I found I could easily live without meat in my diet. It was quite simple to replace, and though I had to choose carefully where I could eat out at, my home meal planning adjusted well. I rarely eat eggs or dairy, but I won't consider myself vegan since I'll eat baked goods/cooked foods that I haven't made myself that contain dairy or eggs. I've found that my nutritional balance is well kept when I simply live off of a good amount of legumes/nuts, cereals, vegetables and fruits. It has also made me a much better cook, and led me into the worlds of cultural recipes to discover foods I really enjoy. Not to mention I learned how to cook healthily on the cheap