When people talk to me about becoming a vegetarian, they usually give the excuse that they “love meat too much”, or “couldn’t give it all up”. They don’t consider that taking small steps to being a vegetarian can make it much easier to become one, while still being very beneficial to the environment and you. In fact, taking a few pounds of meat out of your yearly diet can save an amount of water equivalent to not showering for a year. If you are considering a vegetarian diet, you can start by not eating a certain type of meat for 2 weeks, then leave out another meat until you feel comfortable taking them out of your diet completely. Even if you are not passionate about saving the environment, cutting small amounts of meat can work wonders for your health. You can lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, and lose weight faster by cutting certain types of meat out of your diet, while retaining the protein, and vitamins you may think you would lose. Studies show lower incidences of heart disease and even type 2 diabetes in vegetarians. Some people may still be too attached to meat to want to cut it out of their diet, but my personal experience can attest to the ease of even stopping suddenly. Before I became a vegetarian, I would eat meat close to every day, and go to fast food restaurants every weekend. I even looked down on vegetarians, considering them stupid for reasons I cannot even imagine now. Then after watching a video on the slaughtering of animals, I suddenly stopped eating meat. I went from someone who would never consider being a vegetarian to becoming one, all in a couple days. You would be surprised at how easy it is to do, and the options you never realized you had when choosing your meals. Plus, contrary to what most people believe, things like veggie burgers or veggie hot dogs taste great. Becoming a vegetarian is the best thing I’ve ever done, and it could easily be the same for you.