Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"You're A Vegetarian? You Must Be Crazy!"

Such a vegetarian!
Every time I tell someone that I am a vegetarian the response I get is, "You're a vegetarian? You must be crazy!" I used to get offended by the response, but over time I realized that many people fear what they do not understand.  My whole life I was taught that meat is something you need in your diet. Many people would say, "Meat is how you get your protein, it is good for you!" Now that I am older and can make food choices for myself, I have become a Lacto-ovovegetarian.

Veggies on the brain
 The definition of vegetarian is someone who does not eat meat, poultry, or fish, but there are different variations to the vegetarian lifestyle.  A Lacto-ovovegetarian is someone who does not eat meat, poultry, or fish but does eat eggs and diary products.  So you may be wondering why I decided to be vegetarian in the first place.  For me it was after I got sick for about a week and did not eat meat that whole time.  Once I was no longer sick and tried to eat meat again the taste was different and I would feel sick after.  My reduction in meat intake was more taste conscious before health.  After I had stopped eating meat for a year or so, I had noticed that I was no longer sick as often and began to lose a significant amount of weight.  Then the second year of my vegetarian lifestyle approached and I still was not sick, except for a sniffle here there.  I also continued to lose weight.  With my new found vegetarian lifestyle came my over thinking ability and I needed to research the benefits of being a vegetarian to see if the results I was seeing were evident in other vegetarians.   I also wanted to inform those who had been blinded their whole lives just like I had been in thinking meat was the only way to go! Here are a few health benefits of becoming a vegetarian; lower risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, lower risk of cancers, more energy, less chemically processed intake, improved digestion, and healthier skin to name a few. 

Many people believe that meat is the only source of protein when that is not true!  Protein can be found in both PLANT and animal products.  It is a known fact that eating a variety of foods with the right amount of calories throughout the day will complete your protein needs.  I continue to live my life as a Lacto-ovovegetarian for health reasons stated above and also because my body has significantly felt better over the years. Feel free to research this subject yourself and see if this lifestyle is something to look into!
Vegetarian Humor!

To learn more on why many people become vegetarians and on the difference between being a vegan, vegetarian, and Lacto-ovovegetarian read article from Brown University titled Being a Vegetarian.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Global Warming/Climate Change?!
Hello there! So my senor year of college I took an environmental class for one of my Biology electives and had to write a twenty page research report on the topic of "Global Warming". After completing the report, I took an interest in the subject that I would like to discuss.

This is a topic that most are familiar with and many have different opinions on whether this is a serious issue or not. I feel that knowledge is the best solution for this debate. I want to provide some insight about global warming and climate change. Scientists have found that the earth's temperature is warming at a rate that is causing significant changes in the weather and climate around us.  Globally the issues at hand range from severe rainfall leading to floods, droughts due to not enough rain, and even ice glaciers are melting causing a rise in sea levels.  So you may be wondering how the earth is just warming and causing environmental problems all around you. I'll explain is the simplest way possible, humans are mainly responsible for the current destruction! There has always been natural causes that have contributed to the change in climate such as volcanic eruptions, but humans have taken it to another level. Activities like burning fossil fuels for energy have caused greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, to act as a blanket around the earth. That blanket traps the energy from those gases in the earth's atmosphere causing it to warm, therefore a build up of greenhouse gases is not good for the earth. Scientists have found ways that we can contribute to the earth and stop this issue from getting any worse. Driving a vehicle, not recycling, and even using to much electricity are common ways we all put greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.  Scientists suggest riding your bike more often than driving and recycling are both great ways to move in a positive direction regarding emission of greenhouse gases. Turning off electronics and switching over to energy saving light bulbs are other ways to help.

A warming climate will affect everyone in the long run. The amount of water we have access to, the type of agriculture, our health, and safety can all be diminished. My goal for this post is to not force the issue down anyone's throat, but to give information for people to want to research the issue themselves. Be open minded, do not just let one persons beliefs shape your own!

Let's try to save the world

To learn more on this important issue visit the EPA website: Climate Change