Reasons To Be A Vegetarian

Reasons To Be A Vegetarian

A Healthy Death Free Diet

Throughout my day to day life, people are constantly asking me why I am a vegetarian. In light of this, I thought I'd compile my reasons into an article.

First of all, no dead animals. This reason may seem obvious, but honestly is it so crazy that I just don't want to eat dead animals? I have been an animal lover my entire life and eating meat feels quite hypocritical to me. Animals in the factory farming industry are often treated poorly. Mass farming lends itself to overcrowding, poor hygiene, and an extremely low quality of life for all of the animals involved.

In addition, animals such as chickens and turkeys have been grossly engineered to produce absurdly large breast which their small bones cannot support. These animals live much of their short lives in painful discomfort, some losing the ability to walk after only a few months. Additionally, the slaughtering of animals in some cases results in painful and frightening deaths. Although most factory farms take caution to anesthetize their livestock (typically using electrical shock) prior to slaughtering and bleeding, in many case livestock may still be semi-conscious when their throats are cut.

Aside from the moral implications of consuming slaughtered animals, there are also numerous health benefits to consuming a plant-based diet. A vegetarian diet when done right can satisfy all of a human's nutritional requirements and is suitable for all human's including athletes.

Vegetarians typically have low cholesterol, removing animal fats from the diet can also limit the negative impacts saturated fats have been known to have on the body. Additionally, vegetarian diets have been consistently linked to low body fat and correspondingly lower risks of cardiovascular diseases. Vegetarian diets have also been linked with a reduced risk of diabetes and some cancers and have even shown correlation to an increased life expectancy.

The bottom line is there are many more reasons to be a vegetarian than there are to not be. When comparing vegetarian to omnivorous diets, it is clear that vegetarian diets result in improved long and short-term health conditions. Aside from health benefits, there is the added bonus of not contributing to the deaths of billions of animals annually.

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An Open Letter To The Girl Trying To Get Healthy Again

"I see you eating whatever you want and not exercising" - Pants

Dear girl trying to get back in shape,

I know it's hard. I know the hardest thing you may do all day is walk into the gym. I know how easy it is to want to give up and go eat Chicken McNuggets, but don't do it. I know it feels like you work so hard and get no where. I know how frustrating it is to see that person across the table from you eat a Big Mac every day while you eat your carrots and still be half of your size. I know that awful feeling where you don't want to go to the gym because you know how out of shape you are. Trust me, I know.

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The important thing is you are doing something about it. I'm sure you get mad at yourself for letting your body get this out of shape, but life happens. You have made a huge accomplishment by not having a soda in over a month, and those small changes are huge. I understand how hard it is, I understand how frustrating it is to not see results and I understand why you want to give up. Being healthy and fit takes so much time. As much as I wish you could wake up the day after a good workout with the 6 pack of your dreams, that just isn't the reality. If being healthy was easy, everyone would do it, and it wouldn't feel so good when you got there.

Remember how last January your resolution was to get back in the gym and get healthy again? Think about how incredible you would look right now if you would have stuck with it. The great thing is that you can start any time, and you can prove yourself wrong.

Tired of starting over? Then don't give up.

You are only as strong as your mind. You will get there one day. Just be patient and keep working.

Nothing worth having comes easy. If you want abs more than anything, and one day you woke up with them, it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying as watching your body get stronger.

Mental toughness is half the battle. If you think you are strong, and believe you are strong, you will be strong. Soon, when you look back on the struggle and these hard days, you will be so thankful you didn't give up.

Don't forget that weight is just a number. What is really important is how you feel, and that you like how you look. But girl, shout out to you for working on loving your body, because that shit is hard.

To the girl trying to get healthy again, I am so proud of you. It won't be easy, it will take time. But keep working out, eating right, and just be patient. You will be amazed with what your body is capable of doing.

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5 Things To Do Now That Finals Are Over

Besides stress about next years classes.

Congratulations! Even if you just barely passed you still managed to make it through the semester. While that isn't an entirely remarkable achievement you still deserve some credit where credit is due. Besides just getting a not so affordable education, students have many other responsibilities besides school such as work and unfortunate family situations. Professors may understand our circumstances but they still need to do their jobs so skating by is incredibly difficult. Now that finals are over we can return home and the majority of us will start our summer jobs. As celebrations though here's five things to do to celebrate now that finals are over.

1. Sleep

Being real the fact is students in college have a grand history of pulling repeated all-nighters, especially during finals week. I am the embodiment of this particular stereotype. Going from my dorm to class and holing up in the dorm again pulling one all-nighter after the next. Repeating that you'll sleep after you get back from class are all things I've done multiple times during midterm and finals week. So tonight make up for all the missed sleep and just pass out.

2. Meet up with friends from home

No matter how much you've changed over the course of a semester with either how you think or act there will always be a few people who will have you back when you're back home. So before you take the plunge of overworking at your summer job take a week and enjoy time with them. You'll be recharged enough so that you can go back to dealing with irritating coworker and customers alike.

3. Binge watch

Anything you enjoy, no judgment and any snacks you want. The word dieting shouldn't exist during your binge-watching time. Go the full nine yards and if you are down invite your friends over. If not then just let the relaxation time do its work.

4. Get a haircut

A nicer way of saying that is to treat yourself. But let's be honest we've all let our scruff take over our lives. With our hair in our eyes, we took our finals as the color continued to fade away just as our optimism did. After a quick redo of our hairdo, we can finally take to the streets with some semblance of self-confidence.

5. Start job hunting

After properly refreshing yourself and showing off your new shave, you may have enough of a self-confidence boost to send out resume after resume. Rember that you made it through a year of college and you'll make it to the next one even if things don't go how you pictured them. If it is your final year and you've stepped out into the 'real world' I wish you all the luck and hope your job hunt goes better then everyone's combined.

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