I've thought about becoming vegetarian and I've considered the reasons people have given. It's more humane, we don't need meat in our diets, etc. Meat eaters are bashed and don't have morals; those who don't eat meat are somehow automatically more empathetic. But... I don't know if I'll ever make it there.
Meat tastes so good!
I love chicken. Baked, fried, grilled, I love it all. Burgers are great, meatballs, pot roast, meatloaf....need I go on? Not only does it complete a meal (my personal preference) but the taste is amazing. I've heard that I'm probably just missing things from my diet and that's why I'm craving meat, bla bla bla, but really, the taste is what gets me. Other foods don't give me the same satisfied feeling.
2. I'm kind of a picky eater.
Tofu is automatically out. I refuse. The thought of fake food going into my mouth makes me want to puke. I'm also not a dairy fan. I eat cheese but not a lot of yogurt. Milk tastes and smells terrible to me; I gag every time. I don't eat breakfast foods. The only veggies I like are corn, potatoes and broccoli. Nuts give me headaches. Beans...ugh. Soup? That's a hit or miss. If I cut meat out of my diet I know I'm going to struggle to find things to fill that void. I will try new things but if I don't like the taste I'm done. I prefer to stick to things I know and are safe rather than waste money on things I won't end up liking.
3. I just don't have the patience.
My patience wears thing very easily, especially when I'm doing something I don't like. Meat is a big part of diet. My meals consist of it about 3-4 times a week. If I were to quit I don't think I could handle the cravings. Cutting myself off doesn't seem appealing. Anybody could say that about anything but you understand where I'm coming from. I won't take the time to research meals or get frustrated trying to find things I like. Being around people enjoying the big meals while I'm stuck eating a salad would piss me off. I'd cave in probably after a day because I know I would be miserable.
I probably sound weak and maybe I am. But going vegetarian just isn't for me and I don't think I should be judged for that. I'm not forcing my views in anyone and I don't like people forcing their views on me. Thank you to the animals who give me sustenance and I'm grateful.
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