Updated: April 25, 2021
I love eating meat, so why go vegetarian is a question I’ve pondered especially with all the talk about damage to our environment.
However, there’s a problem: you love eating meat so what’s the motivation for moving towards eating vegetarian foods?
Under what circumstances would you consider changing your lifetime habit of eating meat? What’s involved? What are the issues? What do I need to know that might change my mind? Or keep me firmly rooted in my habits?
Here is some contributory information
- Introduction – A lot of us eat meat. Studies suggest that too many of us do, and we do so for a variety of reasons. But is now the time to reconsider? How feasible is it to make the switch? And if I wanted to, where can I eat vegetarian in Wembley?
- Turning A Blind Eye – We’ve been turning a blind eye away from this issue of meat-eating for far too long. Should we be examining one aspect of what we do that may be endangering future life for our offspring? Is now not the time to get honest about the causes and effects of eating meat?
- Habit Without Concern – So you eat meat and have perhaps have been doing so all your life. I get it. You do so because your parents did, and they did so for similar reasons. Until recently, there has been no concern for this practice. I’m generalising here, and I’m aware that this habit is not so straightforward for everybody.
- Nourishment – We all know why we eat food. The answer is such a fundamental aspect of living that it almost makes sense to ignore it. But, at the most basic level, we eat to nourish our bodies. For our long-term survival, we also derive emotional gratification when we eat, and pleasure too. As long as doing so doesn’t harm us, as omnivores, we eat everything, including meat and poultry. It is only relatively recently, (with globalisation and air travel) that we have begun eating foods out of season, from abroad. We’ve always traditionally only been able to eat what was locally available.
- Misery and Suffering – There is much evidence to suggest that we should take the time to reconsider what we use to nourish ourselves. We evolved from herbivores, and yet we’ve veered from our evolutionary path. It is not the eating of meat that is the issue here. We’ve industrialised it “at scale” that’s way beyond what’s reasonable. We’ve seen the way nature works. Animals fall prey hunting for survival. And we’ve created a giant funnel for creating profits that includes much animal suffering in the process and while damaging our surroundings.
So knowing the misery we spread, why would anyone persist in eating meat?
So, what is it that would cause you to change the meat-eating habits of a lifetime?
Here are Five Reasons To Become Vegetarian or Five Reasons to Eat Less Meat
I propose five exploratory questions to ask yourself about the possibility of eating less meat. Bear in mind that instead of making wholesale immediate changes, you could do so gradually, or occasionally, and in your own time.
I pose these questions, based on the assumption that we use evidence to guide us. I acknowledge that recently there seems to have been a drive towards accepting what fake news and away from evidence.
However, the questions pertain to the areas that science has earmarked as being relevant to this topic, of how eating meat affects us all.
1. How Might I Be Contributing To Global Warming?
We’ve not been taking environmental measurements from the beginning of time. So what we know for sure, covers only a speck of time. In that regard, we may not know enough about life here.
But whatever may be the reason, one thing seems clear. Our environment is in danger due to the carbon dioxide build-up, and it is most likely because of what we do. We contribute towards global warming every time we support industries that contribute towards this build-up of carbon dioxide. We do it whenever we ignore the options that can make our life better.
We are all part of something bigger, in the way that a leaf is part of something bigger – a tree. Each leaf shapes the tree as we shape our environment.
Scientists contend that cattle gaseous waste generates more carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide than all the cars and lorries in the world. If you care about your contribution to Global warming, then this is significant.
2. Might I Be Making Our Environment Worse?
Global Warming and the environment affect our future generations. Taking steps today help improve all our tomorrows. Yes, I know – this aspect of living is not equally important to everybody. Many industries contribute pollutes rivers and streams with animal waste and chemical by-products, harming the environment and the life therein.
As meat-eaters, we owe it to ourselves, and our children, to overhaul these unsustainable practices.
3. Why Should I Be Concerned About World Hunger?
We’ve learned that 40% of the world grain production gets used to feed livestock. Not to feed people, but livestock that we then eat instead. This 40% may be too low for developed countries – it may be as high as 70%.
Similarly, we have repurposed large tracts of land away from producing food towards producing animal feed. For landowners, it’s more lucrative to do so.
By continuing to demand meat, we, therefore, condemn others to go hungry, while making our future habitat less liveable.
4. How Do We Benefit By Eating Less Meat and More Vegetarian?
It’s about time we felt some compassion for other sentient beings we kill to eat. Even if you love meat, it is difficult not to be aware of the lack of sustainability of doing so when that so harms the planet. If you believe in science, of this there is no doubt.
Some believe that it is all a conspiracy to destroy their livelihoods. On the one hand, they depend on their mobile phone, Smart TVs, computers, Internet, air travel and medicines all ignoring that it is the same science that tracks our destructive processes.
They benefit from the magic of heating food in a microwave, in just a few minutes, yet consider the science flawed because they prefer to.
By eating less meat, you spare the lives of a percentage of animals per month out of a total of 10 billion slaughterings for our consumption.
5. How Might I Benefit By Becoming Vegetarian? Or How Might I Benefit By Eating Less Meat?
Here are some valuable potential health benefits for your day-to-day life, eating less meat. I say potential because there is always an individual health element. By that, I mean that often what works health-wise for one individual might not work the same for another.
5.1. Easier Bowel Movements
Being vegetarian makes going to the toilet regular, easy and comfortable – primarily because the fibre content of the vegetable meal is very high, compared with meaty foods. Meat has no fibre at all, and so the risk of constipation is higher with eating meat than vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and plant food.
5.2. Possible Long-Term Weight Loss
Being vegetarian can contribute towards losing weight over the long term.
Losing weight can be a complicated affair. However, vegetarian food has no saturated fats (unless it somehow gets added in the manufacture of specific vegetarian means!). Also, it is relatively low in carbs and calories.
The reduction in carbohydrates, plus the reduced time it takes to digest plant food, when compared with meat, leaves you feeling less bloated after eating.
If you reduce meat consumption by at least 80% and combine this with a simple regimen of raising your heart rate a few times a week, you can improve your health. All this without it becoming an ongoing battle.
If exercising at the gym is what you prefer, then be sure to do some resistance work (weights) to ensure you burn calories even after your work out.
5.3. Reduced likelihood of Food Poisoning
While you are craving meaty food, sometimes we think about after effects, especially stomach troubles. If it not appropriately cooked or left out of the fridge, we know how dangerous that can be for our health.
Microorganisms love to live in fat; it may be bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Meat lovers are always vulnerable to these invaders. However, the likelihood of becoming ill lessens when you reduce your meat intake and replace it with more plant/vegetables.
5.4. Ageing More Slowly?
Whatever your age, does it feel as if time is flying and that you’re ageing faster? Well, the antioxidants of vegetables work towards keeping you young and guaranteeing many health benefits for a variety of ageing-related diseases.
5.5. Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
Did you know that heart disease is the leading death cause in the world? How and what we eat is a favourite topic among all medical experts and scientists. Supposedly, our love for red meat causes problems for us all.
Not all is as it seems – However, not all is as it seems. Recent research, as pointed out here, suggests that while reducing eating meat (and processed meats) is desirable, the benefits from eating less beef and pork are indeed small.
The advantages only make sense when looking at large populations. Therefore, despite previous advice, the advice is not strong enough to advise individuals to change their eating habits.
The NHS website published details of a link between eating red meat and the increased risk of bowel cancer. They recommend that people cut down from 90g to 70g per day as doing so reduces that likelihood. Red meat refers to pork, beef, goat, venison, lamb and mutton and veal. The advice is about reducing the portions and sizes instead of removing meat entirely from your diet.
5.6. Beware Processed Meats
For completeness, we need to be aware of our little luxuries – for example, our sausages, bacon, canned meats, luncheon meats, ham, salami, and pates. It is the salting and preservatives that make these kinds of foods less appealing for good health.
So, as you see from the list above, there are potential benefits from reducing our love of eating meat on a regular basis.
Why Are Some People So Against Eating Meat?
Or, asked another way …
What Is The Big Deal With Eating Meat?
There are many compelling reasons to reduce your meat intake and move towards more of a vegetarian diet. As discussed, many of those reasons are related to improving health and more closely aligned with nature.
The way we collectively treat animals is one reason some people refuse to eat meat. Our treatment of animals disregards what we say about our ideals and paints a more accurate statement of what we really are. Fewer people than ever want to be associated with such barbarity.
These animals get mass-produced to feed the population when there are viable alternatives. Some say that the scale of animal farming necessary to satisfy consumption is grotesquely cruel.
Animal Treatment – Not For The Faint-Hearted
Here are some hard-hitting points to consider. It’s a very unnatural business.
- Unnaturally short lives– We eat meat knowing that we’re eating the flesh of an animal whose life got shortened prematurely.
- Unnaturally enclosed – Some animals get kept in small pens and cages, where they endure chronic stress. Also, their offspring get taken from them, shortly after they’re born.
- Unnatural environments – They get kept in artificial environments (but why treat them nicely if you’re going to kill them anyway!), where that can barely move.
- Unnatural foods – Animals get fed growth hormones and antibiotics. They get kept from the natural behaviours and actions, that typifies their life span. For example, pigs aren’t allowed to root. Calves are kept immobile. Chickens fare no better.
- Abnormal stress and agony – They endure suffering and anxiety, and this affects them, in the same way, we as humans get affected.
The most vocal among us have pointed out that we’re no longer a hunting society that is eating to live. We’ve morphed into an all-consuming culture. We act more on profit and short-termism than proper husbandry of our environment and planet – all to our overall detriment. By behaving as if there is not enough, we are ensuring that there is not enough.
Fancy Eating Less Meat When Next Eating Out?
If you fancy trying vegetarian dishes, you could at least try it when next eating out. At that time, the vegetarian dishes will be prepared at their best by restaurant experts. That makes it the perfect time to consider it. If you’ve warmed to the idea, you can gradually introduce it more at home.
So, to help you on your path, we’ve prepared a list of some of the best vegetarian restaurants in Wembley, at which you can get a simple introduction. Remember, the staff at these places are experts and will gladly help you get initiated.
Here are three ways of asking the next most obvious question for which I supply answers below.
Where in Wembley Can I Eat Vegetarian Food? / In Which Wembley Restaurants Can I Eat Vegetarian Food? / What Are The Top 10 Vegetarian Restaurants In Wembley?
Below are my recommendations for places at which to get started with eating vegetarian food. Some of them are pure vegetarian restaurants, and others serve your vegetarian dishes.
1. Krishna Pure Vegetarian Restaurant – Pure vegetarian dishes. Find what the best fit is. Indian spices blended into your preferred vegetarian cuisine.
2. Wembley Tandoori – Many veg options are available. And they make sure to serve you 100% veg dishes on your call.
3. Masala Canteen Bar & Restaurant – South and north Indian veg cuisines are available.
4. Jai Durga Mahal – A 100% vegetarian restaurant and one of my favourites. Indian, Chinese, and other Western veg dishes are also available.
5. Chennai Srilalitha Veg Restaurant – Pure Indian veg restaurant. Their primary focus is South Indian cuisines.
6. Mithai & Namkeen – Good variety of dishes are available. They specialise in providing Indian veg food.
7. Wagamama – Wide variety for you with Asian and Japanese cuisines. Many unique vegan dishes are available. Suitable for different experiences.
8. Blue Check – Love to have good veg pizza or pasta? Try them out here.
9. Las Iguanas London, Wembley – Find here your Latin American vegetarian food. Many Indian veg restaurants are freely available in Wembley. But why not try this non-Indian place with different tastes, for a change?
10. Ecco ‘la Café and Pizzeria – They offer delicious veg pizzas.
Why Are People Reluctant to Eat Less Meat? or Why Are People Reluctant to Reduce their Meat Consumption?
So now you’ve been made aware of the benefits that come from reducing your meat consumption. And I’ve listed the restaurants in Wembley that offer great vegetarian meals that you can enjoy.
Remaining is the question of what else might prevent you from “voting? with your feet and your wallet?
When we don’t want to act in certain ways, we sometimes resist doing what we need to do for various spurious reasons.
So, What’s Stopping You From Eating Less Meat?
My friend’s mother is a vegetarian. She has always been so, but my friend and his sister sometimes eat meat.
His sister has always been reluctant to embrace it fully. She maintains that 1) it’s challenging to switch to being a vegetarian and 2) that life, from an eating perspective, would become boring.
Presumably, the difficulty to which she refers is one of there not being enough food variety. However, I’m struggling to see how this could be true. There is a massive range of vegetarian foods, many of which she could never have tried, So I think she lacks creativity.
Five Excuses Meat Lovers Give For Continuing To Eat Meat
Research shows that there are five general excuses people (meat-lovers) give that show their resistance to move towards being vegetarian.
- Poor Taste – Vegetarian food can never replace the love for meat. The smells and the tastes are too great.
- Poor Benefits – The benefits can never be as great as they are making out.
- Missing Nutrients – We are natural carnivores, so eating vegetables means we are missing out on critical nutrients.
- Unnecessary – There are plenty of people who have eaten meat entire their lives that have remained healthy, so there is no need to eat less meat.
- Willful Ignorance – I know nothing (or very little) of the benefits of being a vegetarian has benefits or not.
Other Less Obvious Reasons People Give For Continuing To Eat Meat
But there are other less obvious reasons too. These are generally unstated.
Here are a few.
- Peer Pressure – Whether or not we accept it, we are influenced by what others feel about us. How many of us would be willing to eat out with friends and be the only non-meat eater in the group? Not many I’d wager. Of course, some do, but it’s not a natural occurrence.
- I Don’t Like Labels – Vegetarianism is a label many people don’t like. They see it as a change to who they are. It is the same with the veganism label (even though the principles of vegetarianism and veganism are both noble).
- Naturally Tribal – We are naturally tribal, so the vegetarians are those other people over there. At the same time, we remain what we are over here. There is a natural resistance to most things foreign except when we feel it doesn’t change how we see ourselves.
- Plenty of Excuses – sometimes it’s far more straightforward – when we don’t want to do something we make up excuses against it, and we remain where we are.
- We Hate Change – often time we don’t welcome change. We prefer thing to remain the same except that the reality is that things are always changing. Nonetheless, few of us embrace change. Yet the universe cares not about what we prefer. It proceeds with or without us.
What Type of Meat Eater Are You?
There are four types of meat-eaters. Which one are you?
- People that consider themselves to be natural carnivores
- People who believe eating meat is primarily about nutrition
- People who eat meat because of their tradition or culture
- People who eat meat because they love the taste.
- People who’ve always eaten meat, would like to reduce their meat intake but feel it will be challenging to overcome their habits and culture.
Reducing Our Love of Meat – Practical Advice
In actuality, we don’t need to reduce our love of meat. We can still love eating meat as much as we have always done. We simply need to embrace eating alternative foods to extend our palettes.
It is somewhat ignorant to assume that there are other, not other equally acceptable tastes from which we can avail ourselves. We may have to adapt somewhat but, as humans, we are amazing at adapting because of change.
You are here because your ancestors would have been adapting too. Now, for the same of the future, it may be your turn. It’s your turn if you see it as your turn. Th
To make this work requires us to think about the different forms in which red meat appear. We’ll need to scrutinise our cooked breakfasts, Sunday roasts, beef-burgers, sausages, pies, stews and curries, casseroles, doner kebabs and steaks, ham and black pudding.
Making it work requires us to accept that it is the right thing to do.
A little planning – With some planning, not a lot, we can, as a first gradual step, swap our red meats for chicken or fish.
According to the NHS advice, you may want to adjust your diet to get your iron from other sources. For example, sources like eggs, fish, chicken, turkey, cereals, nuts, beans and lentils.
How Difficult Is It To Be a Vegan Compared With Being A Vegetarian?
Being vegetarian is relatively easy than being vegan. Veganism is the end of vegetarianism. The desire to do the right thing usually underpins the kinds of sacrifices that go with being vegan. Would you be comfortable with avoiding all animal-sourced products such as egg, honey, and dairy?
But marginally, it is easy to become a vegetarian by avoiding the meat. Becoming a vegan would be adventurous for me. Still, I’d imagine it to be more difficult than simply being a vegetarian, even an occasional one.
I Love Eating Meat So Why Go Vegetarian?
Finally, what’s your answer to the question that I posed. I Love Eating Meat So Why Go Vegetarian?
We make choices in our lives. It is up to us what to choose and what not to. If you search for the advantages of eating meat, you will find thousands. The industry that supports it have ensured there are plenty.
And in the same way, if you search for negative aspects of vegetarian food, you would find them also. It seems like people choose the sides they prefer and become impervious to different perspectives, even if doing so may help them and everyone too.
But I like to remind you that the balance of one’s life is most important. If you can live moderately and balanced, without being an extremist of any particular lifestyle, you can live more in tune with this planet on which we all depend.
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