Whether it’s taking on the Paleo Diet, being gluten-free or deciding to become a vegan, Americans are paying more attention to what we eat. And because of that, we’re leading healthier lives.
If you’re like me, there are many reasons why veganism and vegetarianism are attractive to you. For starters, I am an avid animal lover. Little cows and chickens are adorable, and I’ve watched more horrifying food-oriented documentaries than I care to admit. Second, going vegan or vegetarian does wonders for your energy and your health. Third, just because you have to give up animal products doesn’t mean you have to give up everything, so there’s still a whole world of delicious food that you can munch on. I love tofu and Boca burgers and could easily live off of them for an eternity.
All that being said, there is one major reason veganism doesn’t appeal to me: cheese. I love the stuff. And I know dairy isn’t exactly the healthiest thing to consume, but literally everything is better with cheese on it! What’s better than throwing a slice of pepper jack cheese on top of a free-range egg, cooking up some organic bacon and throwing it all on an English muffin?
I’ve gone on vegetarian stints before. I didn’t eat meat for an entire year and it was great! But here are some issues that arise when you choose to not eat meat (even if you don’t go full-on vegan):
- Unless you live in California, get ready to eat salad at every restaurant ever (with your only other option being French Fries)
- Get ready to have your grandmother be offended by your refusal to eat every meal she cooks
- Get used to the idea of cooking your food separately from your family’s because you’re the only one not eating the chicken casserole for dinner
Basically, here’s the solution I’ve come to: I want to be more eco-friendly and not eat little baby cows and chickens, but I also want to eat meat sometimes because it’s convenient and delicious. Hence, I’ve become what I like to call a “selecti-tarian.”