Story written by Micah Karr, Dailyflipz Health Reporter
FAIRBORN, Ohio –A no-meat athlete is a person who eats either a vegetarian or vegan diet and is an athlete, generally a runner. Matt Fraizer, author of the No Meat Athlete blog, explains that this diet helps him and his friends to recover faster after a workout.
Vegetarianism means eating no meat products, but still consuming eggs, milk, and in some cases, fish. But why go vegetarian? How can someone go vegetarian? What is there to eat on campus that is vegetarian?
Why Go Vegetarian?
Fraizer explains that going vegetarian has helped him to be healthier. While he doesn’t preach directly about the science behind a plant-based diet, “[He] just [knows] that passing up a McDonald’s is way easier for [him] now than it was before [he] was vegetarian.”
ASAPScience, a Youtube channel dedicated to explaining science to their watchers, discusses the environmental benefits of being vegetarian. Not only does going vegetarian help with health, but it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, since animal excrement is an extreme contributor to greenhouse gases, even more so than emissions from cars, planes, and trains.
Bruce Friedrich explains in his 2008 article, “Top Ten Reasons to go Vegetarian,” that the meat industry in America, and the animal cruelty that takes place there, is reason enough to go vegetarian. He posts a link to a website discussing the meat industry and how the animals are treated.
How Do I Go Vegetarian?
Fraizer explains that going from an omnivorous diet straight to no meat at all is very difficult and often not maintained for long. He recommends going from “4 legs, to 2 legs, to no legs,” or, from eating all types of meat, to only eating birds and fish.
Fraizer stopped eating red meat for over a year before he went fully vegetarian. Eventually, he cut out chicken for a few weeks, but continued to eat fish. He wasn’t sure, he explained, if he wanted to be completely vegetarian. Eventually, however, he cut fish out too, since he did not like it very much.
Going straight from a regular amount of meat to none at all is exceedingly difficult, Fraizer explains. He does not recommend this method.
Friedrich recommends vegetarian cookbooks. While cooking your own food often requires more effort, it can make staying plant-based easier and much healthier.
What Vegetarian Food is there on Campus?
To help students identify vegetarian food on campus, Wright State puts stickers on their vegetarian food. The sticker is one white leaf on a green background.
For a weekly menu, along with symbols to show what is vegetarian, look here. While what’s listed on the menu isn’t everything that is vegetarian, it is a baseline of ideas for what to eat. Most snacks in vending machines are vegetarian, with the exception of beef jerky.
Some salads in the Union Market are vegetarian, although many salads do also contain chicken and bacon. Additionally, subs in the union market can be made without meat. Cheese pizza is also vegetarian, as well as the breadsticks.
Many of the snack foods, such as most chips, yogurt, cakes, pies, jell-o, and cookies are vegetarian.
Again, as long as there is no meat in the product, it is vegetarian.
Their grilled cheese is vegetarian, as well as all of their drinks, pastries, and chips.
The Hangar’s choices of vegetarian food are a bit more limited, since one of the most popular food sources is the Den, which specializes in hamburgers, but it is still possible to find vegetarian food there. It also possible to order some breakfast items, such as the “Grand Slamwich” without meat.
Fresh Melt, a sandwich station, can be vegetarian, as can Zora Mexican, where it is possible to order vegetarian proteins for food.
The majority of the products in Espresso Lane are vegetarian, with the exception of two sandwiches that have meat. Some of their vegetarian options include fruit, yogurt, chips, and Starbucks’ coffee.
Starbucks in the Library:
All Starbucks’ drinks are vegetarian, as well are most of their pastries and other snacks. The only products that are not vegetarian are some of their sandwiches. Not all their sandwiches include meat however. For example, the Hearty Veggie and Brown Rice Salad bowl and the Tomato Mozzarella Panini do not contain meat.
Rey Rey Café:
All the drinks at the Rey Rey Café are vegetarian. Some of their sandwiches, however, are not, such as the BLT and the All American Sandwich.
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Story edited by Health & Business Editor Taylor Whitney