Karma and Other Bad Reasons to Become A Vegetarian

I was a vegetarian for half of my 20s. At that time, to me being a vegetarian simply meant you were on a diet, and I was never not on a diet. Being a vegetarian was especially convenient when sitting in a restaurant with a bunch of people, where I would be under peer pressure to participate in eating activities. Because if pressed by some overly curious person (OCP), we could then have the following conversation–

OCP: You only ordered a salad? Are you on a diet?

Me: Uhh…no. I’m a vegetarian actually.

OCP: Oh, didn’t realize that. Why did you become a vegetarian?

Me (looking dignified and saintly compassionate): To save the animals from being eaten, you bastard!

At least that was how the conversation would play out in my head.

Obviously it wasn’t the best reason to become a vegetarian. But I contest that mine wasn’t the worst, either. On this week’s BananaOnFire, I talk about several legitimate-sounding reasons for vegetarianism that are in fact dubious, including

  1. Health.
  2. Karma (as in “eat now, be eaten later”).
  3. Animal cruelty.
  4. The planet earth.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s a terrific idea to not eat meat, for some people. Similarly, it’s a terrific idea to go low carb, gluten-free, raw, alkaline, and ___insert your favorite hip food trend___… for some people. How do you know if you are one of them? Keep an open mind, be willing to experiment, and always, always… LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.

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