My Personal Story of Vegetarian Living

Heather Katsoulis - Valley of Fire

I used to be a meat eater; no, I mean a LOT of meat – from your standard lunch meats to filet mignon (I loved raw bacon just as much as a good rare steak). Rarely did I think about what I was putting into my body. If it tasted good then I’d eat it.

Then my brother was diagnosed with a rare colon cancer at the age of 29. He passed away the week of my 23rd birthday. At that point I began to reflect about life in general.

I quit my mechanical engineering career because I didn’t want to waste any more time doing something I disliked. I thought about all of the family members and friends that had died of cancer. I began to study up on preventing the disease.

Surprisingly, to me at that time, I found out that what you eat has a lot to do with how healthy you are. So I began to make some changes.

I took baby steps; red meat was the first to go. Then, I gave up poultry. I began eating turkey grinders without the turkey and realized that with the usual mustard, mayo, lettuce & tomato it really didn’t taste much different. 🙂

Then all meat was just out of my diet. And I’ve never looked back. It’s been 19 years. I don’t miss meat at all. Actually, even ‘meaty’ foods don’t sit well with me.

In any case, vegetarianism has become an important part of my life. Not only for my health but for the health of other sentient beings and the planet.

So, I created this site to help people make some healthier food choices whether it’s eating even one meatless meal regularly, or finding satisfying recipes for full on vegetarians.

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