October is Vegetarian Awareness Month! First established in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society, this month is aimed to promote the benefits of a vegetarian diet. Of course there are many reasons why or why not a person may choose to eat meat, but for the sake of bringing attention to a meatless diet I’ll provide a few attractive qualities of “going veg.”

1) Alternative dietary intake: Go out on a limb (maybe literally) and try something fresh and new! Eliminating meat from your diet can open doors to different foods and/or recipes. Take it from me. A year ago November I became a veg-head and haven’t looked back! It’s awesome sites like this that prove there are plenty of other options out there — http://vegweb.com.
2) Health benefits: Evidence has proven that certain meats can increase cholesterol and the chance of heart disease or cancer. No scare tactic intended. Moderation is always considered in these statements of adverse effects. However, there are significant benefits that result from eating the recommended daily amount of fruits, veggies and grains (cue food pyramid flashbacks).
3) Change is good: Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself! Vegetarianism can be very personally rewarding.
For more information check out this site: http://www.worldvegetarianday.org.
–Hannah Pollack
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