Food Tastes Better When You Become Vegetarian

Over many years of learning to eat without meat, I've learned many other things in the process. Not the least of which is that standard restaurant fare is sadly lacking. At first I looked for menu items that fit with my new food choices. I was desperate to still be able to partake of their offerings.

The same was true for prepared supermarket foods. All that prepacked, preformulated artificial goodness. I scoured nutritional labels and websites in a desperate search for the items which would fit into my meatless diet.

As time went by however, I began to cook more things for myself out of sheer necessity. And what I slowly discovered in this process is that making delicious food isn't really that hard or that costly. And that the food I had previously thought so covetous and delectable was only barely above mediocre.

You might think I'm just a bitter vegetarian who's  angry because I can no longer indulge in the bounty I once did. But the fact is, I love the food I eat. Sometimes a little too much. Restaurant food mostly disappoints both in flavor and satisfaction. I keep searching for restaurant food which tastes as good as the food I make for myself, but I've yet to find it.

Now here's the interesting part. I'd like to think I'm a culinary genius, but the fact is, I'm probably not that great  The disappearance of my meat cravings and my distaste for restaurant food is probably the result of something else.

Years of eating whole foods and genuine, clean flavors have probably changed my palate and even the way the pleasure centers of my brain respond to food in genereal.. This phenomenon could probably be correlated in any number of long term vegetarians.

This means that anyone can teach their mind and their body to love meatless dishes as much as they onced loved steak and burgers. 375 million people can't be wrong.