The initial reason that I stopped eating meat was actually health related. I found that as an active, athletic young man, it was nearly impossible to consume enough protein to meet my body's needs. Most of the protein from non-animal sources is virtually unusable and supplements, such as soy, are riddled with female hormones. Without going too far into my experience, I became considerably more healthy when I went back to meat. I found my vegetarian experience quite concerning given that I researched a great deal and ate as an 'educated vegetarian'....and I still felt like sh*t (if you'll pardon the expression). Lastly, if we only look at the decision as one of health, I would rather take the risk and enjoy my life than live to be 100 eating brussel sprouts and carrots.
Absolutely, categorically untrue. Up until last year I was competitive in martial arts on an international level (IAKSA, IKA), and from the words of the national team's coach, I was 'like a bull,' albeit a little underweight for my 6'2" stature. You just have to know what to eat, man. Don't quote me on this, but I think there are foods out there that give you more protein per gram than the average slab of meat. As for 'enjoying life' being defined as a side-effect of enjoying meat, I can argue with that as well. I've been fortunate enough to enjoy foods from every corner of the globe and for the most part I've never been able to understand why it is that in any upscale restaurant you'll be hard-pressed to find a vegetarian dish. Isn't it much harder to prepare something that doesn't have steak as a centerpiece? I don't know, but my mother's a chef and made meat dishes that to this day (eight years later) make my mouth water, and I still think that the best food I've ever eaten has been vegetarian. Disclaimer: I think something like this is a lifestyle choice, and everyone's welcome to their own opinions. The aforementioned ones are my own, from my own experiences. Just don't want anyone thinking that I'm peaching.