My main feeling when reading this article is being sad. Maybe these two young people didn't mean to come across with such language but the vocabulary being used seemed so judgmental with an air of superiority.
After reading it, I didn't feel more informed by the vegetarian lifestyle at all. No facts were spoken, just their ongoing journey and experience. And I have absolutely no problem with their journey. Anyone who has lost 40 lbs, has better sex and feels more full of life NEEDS to be applauded... especially in our society... where the school systems are not only feeding our kids garbage but bars anyone else from educating them how to eat properly (yes, I've been watching Jamie Olivers Food Revolution).
But can you eat meat AND lose 40lbs, have better sex, feel better about yourself and feel like taking on the world? According to them, no. But it's most definitely a 'yes'. I've done it. Obviously it takes a diet change including more fruits, veggies, and nuts but I also changed to lean meats from local farmers at Whole Foods. And the pounds started falling off... without exercise. And I never get sick either.
I guess the thing that got to me is their attitude towards "flesh" eaters. If not eating meat is compassionate then someone who eats meat is NOT compassionate and cruel. In fact, they believe so much it can effect their relationships. If Kate believes what she believes so strongly that she couldn't have a boyfriend (or husband) that eats meat, the underlying statement would be that her other relationships would be effected too. Friendships can only go so far if they eat meat. I mean, if I took them out to eat and ordered "flesh", I'd feel completely uncomfortable that they'd be judging me and think I was at best uninformed or worse, a immoral barbarian.
These two look hot. And I really do hope they win because they've been extremely disciplined. But they're not hot because they're vegans. They're hot because of mostly genetics and secondly, a good diet and lots of exercise.
And according to the photo they took of themselves, they seem like fun people that doesn't take themselves too seriously. As a couple, they've found a path they can both enthusiastically take that brings them closer together as a family and they can learn and grow together. That too should be applauded. I just hope one of them doesn't change their stance of this issue.
I also would think a friendship with them would be limited and awkward because how I KNOW they feel about "flesh" eaters. And that's why I was sad by the end of this article.
If this attitude is what I would gain if I became a vegan then no thanks.