Hello :) I thought I'd just write a snippet on why I'm actually vegetarian since I get asked this quite a bit.
I stopped eating meat a few years ago. I'm not sure exactly what spurred it on (my vegetarian friend insists it was her influence- and to a certain extent she's probably right) but to be honest meat no longer appealed to me and I decided it would be "fun" (yes, fun) to experiment with other foods and alternatives to meat as well as cooking with new ingredients. Being interested in all things health & nutrition I wanted to stop eating meat, but make sure I was still getting the right amount of protein/iron.
I think the wrong way to become vegetarian is to eat whatever your parents cook and take out the meat, hence you're not getting an adequate amount of protein/iron/vitamin B12 etc. So I made sure if my mother was making a chicken stirfry I'd cook some tofu and have some of the veges.
Although when I stopped eating meat, I started doing a lot more of the cooking so my family wouldn't be eating meat most nights of the week anyway. In the beginning I started taking iron tablets except my energy levels were fine and I wasn't feeling overly tired or anything so I stopped taking them because there didn't seem a point.
At the moment I don't miss meat at all and love using different grains in my cooking to obtain an adequate amount of nutrients. Today after eating lunch at Iku Wholefoods in the city I was inspired my millet & sweet potato balls I ate, so I decided to experiment and make them myself. I've bookmarked a recipe for "breakfast polenta" I can't wait to try and also have a recipe for red quinoa salad which looks delicious. I just get excited over grains!
My only problem with saying I'm "vegetarian" is the labelling. Who knows, one day I might start eating meat again. And I probably will. But right now I'm happy where I am. I love learning about food, reading about nutrition and cooking for others.
Are you vegetarian? If so, why? I'm curious!