After a few years of flexitarians, in March 2019 I became a peso-vegetarian and since this summer I have been a vegetarian. To popularize the matter a little, before I ate meat very occasionally, then I completely stopped a year and a half ago. I continued to eat fish from time to time. And this summer, big click, I stopped the fish to become 100% vegetarian (vegan tendency, we will see it later)
WHY DO WE BECOME VEGETARIAN?
To reduce animal suffering
One Sunday in March 2019, I was quietly installed on my sofa when I received a Facebook notification. My mom shares a video she just saw. I click on it without asking myself any questions and I witness, full of dread, a video of animal torture. It is happening in a market in China. Dozens of dogs are crammed into tiny cages and cry. A man grabs one by the neck with a shoelace and begins kicking it hard on the muzzle. The animal howls in pain and struggles. I cut the petrified video. Then I sobbed for more than an hour after watching this. I immediately made the connection with the meat I was putting on my plate. The animals I consumed must certainly suffer the same fate through my fault. I chose not to eat meat any longer.
This is how I stopped eating mammals overnight.
I continued to eat fish from time to time. Mostly in a restaurant or with friends, when I didn’t have a vegetarian option. I said to myself ” It’s not the same with fish, it doesn’t suffer ”
And then this summer, I devoured Hugo Clément’s book ” How I stopped eating animals ”
Second slap. It describes enormously animal intelligence, especially that of fish, as well as their “feelings”: fear, pain… Many similarities with our behaviour. After only 50 pages, I was a vegetarian…. vegan oriented. I decided to limit (and not stop) my consumption of cheeses and eggs. (I have already regularly consumed vegetable milk and yoghurts for a long time)
In particular, it tells the story of a milk cow who was, like all milk cows, forcibly inseminated every year. And every year they took her baby away. She mooed, was very agitated to show me her pain, but whatever. They took her baby away and took her milk. One day the cow gives birth. But does not produce milk. The reason was simple. She had had twins and had given birth to the second in secret in the meadow.
Every day, she went to nurse him in secret and came back in the evening for the milking… without milk! Cows have a level of complexity of emotions that we prefer not to imagine to quietly enjoy our piece of Camembert… So I decided to limit my consumption of dairy products. I don’t say “stop” because I still occasionally enjoy a piece of cheese. But I try as much as I can to monitor where it comes from.
The book also tells me that laying hens, from 18 months old, are killed because they no longer produce enough eggs. In nature, a hen can live up to 10 years!
Since then, I discovered “ The egg that doesn’t kill the hen ” boxes of eggs sold at Monoprix, Naturalia, Franprix. The concept is great, innovative and respectful of all forms of life, Poulehouse offers the first “egg that does not kill the hen” with a responsible production method and without slaughter. The hens live all their lives in the same place, whether on the Limousine pilot farm or with partner breeders.
To do good for the planet
Clearly, we cannot say we are sensitive to ecology and eat animals. Sorting your waste, using reusable cotton, turning off the tap water in the shower… It’s cat pee next to stop eating animals! Why? Quite simply because animal exploitation (beef, chickens, rabbits that end up on our plates) is the most polluting industry in the world. It pollutes both land and sea.
70% of the world’s agricultural area is used for the meat and dairy industry
63% of deforestation in the Amazon is due to the meat industry
Livestock is responsible for 15% of greenhouse gases
A vegan emits 2.89 kg of CO2 per day against 7.19 kg for an omnivore!!!!
Breton pig farms produce as much SHIT as 60 million inhabitants (long live ham ^^)
In short, I could give you figures for another 10 pages, but we don’t care. The idea is simply to become aware of the monumental impact of our consumption of animal products on the ecological disaster that the planet is currently experiencing.
If you want to learn more about the subject, I invite you to watch the COWSPIRACY documentary on Netflix. 1h30 to change your vision of the world. (I will talk about it in detail soon in another article)
To be healthier.
Meat is very inflammatory for the body and is the cause of many cancers. (I’m not making this up, this is a statement from the World
Vegetarians are less prone to many health problems: cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers (intestinal, prostate, colon, pancreas, breast, lungs), strokes, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, Alzheimer’s.
Have you read or heard that vegetarians are deficient? If the vegetarian in question eats pasta and pizzas 4 seasons, yes indeed it is deficient. Like an omnivore eating the same thing.
But if you adopt a balanced diet based on plants, there is no reason to be deficient!
A vegetarian diet will push you to consume more fruits and vegetables and therefore more vitamins, minerals and fibre and that’s excellent!
HOW DO YOU BECOME A VEGETARIAN?
By cultivating oneself, and by informing oneself
Sometimes I discuss with my loved ones the documentaries that I have seen or the books that I have read and which have encouraged me to become a vegetarian. The answer is always the same:
“I don’t prefer to watch “. And I must say that it annoys me a little! Ignorance, voluntarily cultivated, on animal intelligence and suffering allows animals to be eaten in complete peace of mind without questioning themselves. It’s the policy of the ostrich: I stick my head in the sand and pretend I don’t know.
So if you are a little sensitive about the subject, the first thing to do is to cultivate yourself! Here are some ideas:
- How I Stopped Eating Animals by Hugo Clément
- Should animals be eaten? by Jonathan Safran Foer
- Vegan Beginner by Marie Lafôret
- Conspiracy (Available on Netflix The documentary that makes you become a vegetarian overnight)
- What the health? (Available on Netflix)
- The Game Changer (Netflix)
By taking his time
You don’t have to become a vegetarian overnight. I am the first to have had a very long journey. We test things, we get informed and then little by little things click. I think you have to be indulgent and kind to yourself. We live in a society in which animal products are the basis of our diet. We grew up with that idea. It is normal to take time to change this vision of things
Discovering what to put on your plate
Yes because here you are, you have decided not to eat animals anymore but suddenly, you don’t know what to put on your plate. And this story of proteins… How are we going to make sure we don’t run out?
Here is how to compose in a very simple way a complete and balanced vegetarian plate:
CHOOSE A SEASONAL VEGETABLE: artichoke, eggplant, broccoli, porcini mushrooms, cauliflower, cucumber, zucchini, fennel, green beans, pepper, arugula
CHOOSE A PROTEIN SOURCE :
Soy and derivatives: tofu, miso, natto, tempeh, egg (which does not kill the chicken!)
CHOOSE A SOURCE OF STARCH: potato, rice, quinoa, wheat, buckwheat
OR you can also replace protein and starch with the combination described below which allows you to have an optimal intake of vegetable proteins:
Food combination creating complete proteins:
Whole grains (rice – wheat – rye – oats – barley – buckwheat – quinoa – spelled) (2/3) + legumes (lentils – peas – beans) (1/3)
- Example of plate 1: Fondue of leeks and peppers, rice and lentils risotto style
- Plate example 2: Arugula and cucumber salad with mint sauce, sweet potato fries and Japanese tofu.
It’s pretty simple, isn’t it? If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments, I’ll be happy to answer them!