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Why we eat what we eat

I’m a vegetarian. The reason why I only eat vegetarian food, is not because I love the taste. It’s not because I am healthy. I don’t remember how meat and fish tastes like, but I remember that I loved how it tasted. The reason I am a vegetarian can be summarized with a quote from George Bernard Shaw:

Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.

I just can’t eat animals. I am fascinated by animals. I want to be around them all the time, and I want them all to have a fantastic life.

I don’t judge people. I don’t tell people what to do. I have a wife and three kids, and they’re not vegetarians. We’re doing meatless Monday, because of me. That’s about it.

I believe that many of us eat what we eat, because we fear a social stigma, and we do what’s convenient for us. It’s faster, cheaper and a lot easier, to fit in.

I am not writing this post to try to convince you to become a vegetarian. I am writing to ask you a simple question; why do you eat what you eat?



12 responses to “Why we eat what we eat”

  1. Edy Jeong says:

    The reason that I eat meat is for my health. That’s it.

  2. Hi Jens, If everyone could be like you, the world would be a better place.

  3. Jeevan Jacob John says:

    I do eat meat, but it is limited to just Chicken and Turkey (It’s not that I hate other types of meat. A part of my mind does want to be a vegetarian, so I let try to limit the type of meat I eat. The only thing I absolutely dislike/hate is seafood).

    I want to try different types of foods (I am planning to travel around the world, once I complete my studies. I am definitely combining these two together).

    As for why I eat what I eat, I don’t know.

    Most probably tradition.

    I was born and brought up in India, so most of the food I eat are Indian.

    Interesting post, Jens 🙂

    • It seems that most of what we eat, especially here in Norway, is because of tradition. Things are happening. But, many people are still not questioning the status quo, because this is how it’s always been …

      By the way, I love Indian food.

      • Jeevan Jacob John says:

        Yeah, that’s the problem with our world. Too many people just go with it..instead of questioning it.

        Glad you like it 😀

  4. Tim Bonner says:

    Hi Jens

    My wife’s vegetarian and my family and I mostly eat vegetarian food.

    It’s not that I choose too. It’s just easier because then we’re not cooking seperate meals.

    The kids and I do eat meat when we get the chance.

    Why do I eat meat?

    I’ve never really thought too much about it but I guess for health reasons and I enjoy the taste.

    It wouldn’t take much for me not to eat it either though and often I don’t eat meat for days or weeks at a time.

    I hope you enjoy the rest of your week Jens.

    We have a flood risk here in Musselburgh this morning. A very strong tidal surge and strong winds could mean I need my wellies on today!

    Tim

    • That’s very interesting Tim. Your wife is like me, and my wife is like you 🙂

      We have the same type of situation, only the roles are a bit different.

      It’s probably easier to eat meat for health reasons, you know that you get the most important things in your body. I have to do more thinking, but it’s easier now than when I first started out.

      The weather is great here at the moment, it’s snowing and I’m hoping for a white christmas.

      – Jens

  5. Adrienne says:

    Hey Jens,

    You make a darn good point because I love animals too. I’ve actually balled like a baby when I’ve seen on TV some of the reports about the chicken or other farms where they harvest the animals that we’ll eventually put on our tables. The way they are treated is inhuman but I also know that by me not eating it that won’t stop this. If enough people would come together then maybe it would.

    Although I don’t eat a lot anymore, I’m mostly a chicken and fish person myself. On occasion I’ll eat a steak but not often. It’s just not as healthy for you so I steer clear.

    I like vegetables but I couldn’t just eat them all the time. If I had no choice then yeah I definitely would. I like most of them but there are a bunch I can’t stomach either.

    Glad you’re much better than I am Jens, bravo to you.

    ~Adrienne

    • Hi Adrienne,

      I don’t think that I’m better than anyone, and especially not you. I just want people to think about what they’re eating, because that turns eating into something important instead of just consumption.

      I believe that many people are eating, because it’s something we just do, and because it’s a habit, and it’s a way of survival, instead of actually turning food and the ingredients into an important part of their lives.

      I am not sure if this makes any sense 🙂

      – Jens

  6. Pau says:

    Hi Jens! Food is always such a tricky subject, so many beliefs and emotions are attached to what we eat. By being vegetarian though, you do take a step toward better health, keeping in mind it is still possible to be vegetarian and eat a lot of junk food but I am guessing you don’t do that 🙂

    I personally have been a vegan for the last 3 years and have seen my health improve so much. Of course, I also did it because I love animals, and for the environment. There was a lot of fear in the beginning because you think you will be lacking something in the diet, then I discovered all the thousands of amazing people that are doing this and feeling amazing, performing amazingly at sports of all kinds, like endurance (ultramarathoner Scott Jurek, triathlete Brendan Brazer, runner Mike Arnstein a.k.a The Fruitarian), martial arts (AMA fighter Mac Danzig), and many others of past and present including some Olympic champions (Carl Lewis in athletics, the Williams sisters in tennis). And yes, there are many big and strong vegan bodybuilders, so at least we can be sure the diet isn’t deficient in any nutrients when planned for properly. I myself have put on a good 5 kg of muscle doing calisthenics for the last year while following a diet based mostly on fruit.

    As for the science, Professor of nutritional biochemistry T. Colin Campbell has done a lot of research on the subject of animal vs plant based diet and his book The China Study is a great reference. Dr. Michael Greger MD is a pretty funny and entertaining fellow who reads thousands of the most recent nutritional studies appearing in credible journals all over the world, and presents the highlights in his website and YouTube channel. There are many other doctors out there but I better keep this post short.

    There were so many reasons for me to change diet, but the change became easy once I discovered all the amazing people online whose health and athletic performances improved so much. There are some amazing communities out there.

    I can imagine it’s not very easy to be vegetarian in Norway, especially if you like to eat fruit like my girlfriend and I do. I spent a few months in Norway some years ago and the prices were over the moon. I lived in Denmark also for a couple of years and it is maybe more affordable there, however the trick was always to buy in bulk and even buy directly from distributors. My girlfriend, who is danish, is really good at getting discounts from the stores, in some places she even had a permanent 25% discount no matter what she bought, which made it so much more affordable. I am thinking she should be the one trying to start a business and not me haha.

    I never judge others for what they eat, and get along very well with meat eating friends and family members, so I am not trying to change anyone’s mind with this post or say a vegan diet is better, however it is a fraction of my personal journey into recovered health and what resources made my transition easy. Hope that makes sense 🙂

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