Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Quebec and Vermont
1. How long have you been vegetarian?
-Just over 1 year.
2. How old were you when you became vegetarian?
3. Whats been the most difficult challenges that have come from being a vegetarian?
-Maintaining a healthy vegetarian diet when doing things with the Army (drill, training, schools, deployment, etc.).
4. When you tell people your vegetarian, whats there reaction?
-Many don't believe me, I guess I don't fit the vegetarian stereotype very well. I'm currently at some Army training and had a guy who has known me from drill for over a year but never really paid close attention tell me today "You really are a vegetarian, aren't you?"
5. Do you have to take any vitamin supplements?
-Most of the time, no. When traveling or on deployment, or in any other situation where I have less control over what I eat, I may take some supplements.
6. Whats the main reason for becoming a vegetarian?
-It started as I was examining my philosophy regarding when it is and isn't right to kill a person, and ended up applying the same principals to animals. In either case, I will kill if I believe it is a survival necessity. If someone is pointing a gun at me, my family, one of my fellow soldiers, etc., I will do anything within my power to eliminate that threat. I am not a pacifist either. I even support initiating an attack if there is a greater good to be served, even with the understanding that mistakes will sometimes be made. No matter how I reworded my philosophy, however, I was unable to define modern meat consumption as a necessity. It serves no legitimate purpose whatsoever, yet creates many problems... environmental, ethical, social, health, the list goes on.
7. Do you get all of your necessary nutrients? (protein, b12, calcium, zinc, iron)
-Yes. It isn't any more difficult than it was as an omnivore.
"I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine." Bruce Lee.
"On a large enough time line, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero." Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club)