I dine out with clients regularly. And when it’s time to select a restaurant or order my entree, the subject often comes up: Why did you become a vegetarian? I don’t mind the question at all. I love sharing my story of why I became a vegetarian.
Vegetarian Sushi from Osaka in Tulsa for my daughter’s 15th birthday.
Last year I did a 5-day juice cleanse to rid my body of toxins and to help me lose a few pounds. I liked the way I felt after the cleanse. (I lost 8 pounds and noticed more energy and more vibrant skin.) After the cleanse, my body craved vegetables. I simply lost my appetite for meat.
But within a few months the novelty wore off, habit kicked in, and I began eating fish and chicken again. Then my friend Toneille recommended a book: By Any Greens Necessary, by Tracye McQuirter. One Wednesday in January I sat down and began to read the book. The book described the horrific suffering animals go through to get on my plate. I realized, through this profound book, that animals feel afraid and sad, just like us. They feel suffering. I put the book down and haven’t eaten meat, eggs or milk since. I eat very little cheese and my goal is to ultimately give up cheese as well.
Lovely vegetarian snack my client, Make-a-Wish of America, sent up to my room the evening before my big keynote in Scottsdale. The thoughtfulness of my client nearly brought me to tears.
I explored being a vegetarian because a plant-based diet made me feel better and it increases my chances of living a long life filled with vitality. I committed to a plant-based diet when I understood the treatment of animals. That is the story of why I became a vegetarian. 🙂