by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Eats, People.

snipshot_e48l82hskt9.jpgAfter taking part in the film Fast Food Nation, Ethan Hawke has revealed that junk food is completely off his plate. Going full-on vegetarian is a completely different matter though. The actor admits that committing to the diet change has been a bit of a difficult task. From the article,

“Ethan told the Independent recently: ‘I’ve been trying very hard [to go vegetarian] for the last five years and sometimes I succeed and sometimes I don’t.’ His mum is a committed veggie and he added: ‘She has a joke that she always says at dinner conversations, which is, ‘Are you vegetarian yet?’, because she believes that by the time my children are grown up, basically everybody will be one.’

‘If you had to kill the cow every time you had to eat it, if you had to go slit its throat, you would eat meat about twice a year.’”

Yes, or not at all. If people also had to raise cows, they might think differently about the killing them for food. I sympathize with Ethan’s difficulties in completely giving up meat. In response to my weakness for chicken, I’ve attempted to buy from organic farms. Still, my diet is remarkably more balanced than when I was growing up. After watching movies like The Witness and enjoying meat alternatives like soy, I haven’t missed much.

Anyone else out there having trouble giving up meat completely?

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Chris

    I found going vegetarian to be really easy. I watched a video on how animals are treated for their meat (horrible stuff) and then read about how veggies have lower rates of all the big diseases than meat-eaters – that was enough for me. I really like all the faux meats (veggie burgers, fake chicken, sausage, etc). I’ve lost some unwanted weight and feel a heckuva lot better. I tried PETA’s 30 Day Veg Pledge on – that helped a lot in getting me started. I highly recommend going vegetarian to all my friends, etc. Good luck to Ethan!

  • Eric Prescott

    I haven’t found it hard, but I also went at a meatless diet with a very strong mind against it, so I quickly learned many new meatless recipes. Also, I live in Los Angeles, which has lots of vegan and vegetarian restaurants, and I don’t travel as much as Ethan Hawke does…

  • Andrea

    I gave up flesh foods really easily at 13 years old after learning about factory farming, but it was a little more difficult in college when I was trying to be vegan since I was eating the standard meal plan. So I didn’t go vegan until a year after college. But now colleges seem to be much more aware of the needs of vegan students than ever. My weekness was ice cream and pizza, but now there are a lot more soy ice cream companies like Soy Delicious and Temptation that are really good. Some restaurant make really good soy cheese pizza and I’ve learned to really enjoy pizza even without any type of cheese. I recently learned that even in Italy, cheese-less pizza is eaten all the time. Just load up the veggies, garlic and herbs…Yum.

  • Morgan

    I’ve been trying to go veg for years, but am finding it extremely difficult. Maybe my heritage (native) is hampering this personal growth?

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  • tony martin

    I gave up meat at the end of 1977, for my 18th birthday. It wasn’t so hard to do but it depends on how strong your convictions are. With me, I had felt guilty for years about eating animals. My family never understood, and I’m not sure if they do now.