Today is world vegetarian day. Will that make a difference to you?
I’ll be vegetarian today even though I am not vegetarian. But I am sticking to my self-imposed regime of four vegetarian days a week – and this year I think I am averaging closer to five rather than four.
Why? Well the reason that I have got to almost five days a week is a combination of the fact that is ridiculously easy and it seems like a kinder way to live on this planet. Eating less meat is kinder to people (as it requires less land to produce the food and so there is potentially more food in the world), kinder to animals (fewer of them are reared for slaughter) and kinder to the planet (as there can be fewer greenhouse gases produced). And it is ridiculously easy with just a little thought – and I can give it a little thought.
A better question would be why I can’t do better than four or five days meat-free (and fish-free) each week. Well, I guess it’s because I like eating meat too. And I do enjoy the meat I eat more now that it is more of a treat, and more of a decision to eat meat, than I used to when I’d have a bland chicken sandwich just because it was there.
Why not give it a try today? Leave out the meat today and see whether you can pick a day next week, and the next. I promise you that if you try it you will find it easier than you think.
Although it could be made easier still – too few restaurants have good vegetarian options in my opinion. I have missed the occasional vegetarian day that I could have banked because I didn’t want risotto again or an omelette. And can I just point out that just because I am choosing the vegetarian option doesn’t mean that I am not hungry and deserve a minute portion of a dull dish.
And all you vegetarians out there – I admire you but I’m not prepared to go that far yet (maybe never). So why not give a bit of praise to those who eat less meat for moving in the right direction?