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March 9, 2018

Unapologetically vegetarian Embracing a fruitful lifestyle By Srushti Desai, Print Entertainment Editor

Being a vegetarian often gets a bad reputation because everyone is so used to eating meat. In our culture, having meat in our diets is as normal as going to school. We often don’t think about what we’re putting into our bodies—we eat to eat, and that’s it. After moving to America almost 10 years ago, I had the choice of being able to eat meat as a way of fitting into the culture here, but I chose to stay vegetarian because it’s something that makes me unique and different. I have been asked on multiple occasions if I’m going to add animal products into my diet, but I’ve always said no. At first, I felt different and left out during school when everyone would be eating meat, but as the years went on, it became normal and I didn’t care when people gave me weird looks for never having meat

in my meals. When people find out that I am vegetarian and have been my whole life, they always ask me how I do it and I always say that it began with religion and it is now my choice. The one primary reason as to why I am vegetarian is my religion. I practice Hinduism and Hindus, in most cases, are taught to never eat meat. Hinduism is a broad religion practiced by many people in India and some other countries, but it is so broad because there are many gods practiced under one religion name. While I believe in the god named Shrinathji Bava, one whose following does not eat meat, there are Hindus who have eaten meat their whole lives for one of two reasons: they live in a specific part of India where it is OK to eat meat, or they immigrated to America and it became a part of their lifestyle. To me, a vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat animal products, but they

do eat dairy, which includes milk and cheese. Eating dairy is the big difference between a vegetarian and a vegan—vegans do not eat anything that comes from animals, including milk and cheese. Being a vegetarian is a much cheaper diet than an omnivorous diet because animal products cost a great amount of money. Since the food is cheaper, you can buy more than you would with an omnivorous diet. Usually, vegetarians are healthier than those who eat meat because meat includes a lot of unnecessary fats. Vegetarians usually eat a lot of fruits and vegetables which are factors to having good eyesight. Now, I know that people with an omnivorous diet eat fruits and veggies too, but the amount that vegetarians eat is larger simply because of their limited food choices.

Photo by Srushti Desai

These are just a few of the many benefits of being a vegetarian. It’s easier for me to stay a vegetarian than it is to switch to an omnivore diet because I have been on a vegetarian diet my whole life. If I chose to start eating meat, I don’t know how my body would react to it. I have heard that if I start eating it in small portions, my body will get used to it and embrace it. This sounds great, but what if it fails? I would be wasting time and

money. Ultimately, the most important thing to know is that being a vegetarian is not a fad—it is a lifestyle that many people follow. In the past few years, many people have tried to go on a vegetarian diet from being on an omnivore. Many have failed, but many have also succeeded and are now fulltime vegetarians. Even if it’s only for a day, I challenge all of you to be a vegetarian—it may not be as bad as you think.

Shamrock Shake: are you McFreakin’ lovin’ it? By Kora Montana, Online Co-Editor-in-Chief

Every February, the renowned Shamrock Shakes make a return to the McDonald’s menu. They carry an insane amount of hype that I just cannot fathom. To be completely straightforward, they’re gross. Here’s why you should save your three bucks and never order a Shamrock Shake. 1. There are superior mint options. Why would you want to drink something that includes mint from something called a “flavor bag.” If you’re craving mint that bad, chew some gum. 2. You’re putting your health at risk. A 22 oz. shake has 115 grams of sugar, which is equal to about 28.75 teaspoons. You might as well just spoon some sugar in your mouth. Your doctor would not approve. 3. The shake is way too thick. You know that feeling when you put too much toothpaste on your toothbrush and your whole mouth is just filled with minty goo? Why would anyone in their right mind pay money for that experience? 4. Every other shake is a better shake. Oberweis? Steak ‘n Shake? Portillos? Shame on you for choosing McDonald’s. 5. The most artificial of artificial colors. Don’t even get me started on the color. The color in the cup in no way resembles the shamrocks that scatter the fields of Ireland. Instead, it reminds me of the countless amount of times my dog has came back in the house and thrown up grass.

By Jhenevie Oca, Photo Editor

Graphic by Emmanuelle Copeland

OK, I admit that most limited edition items at McDonald’s are somewhat shady. I’m not so sure about things like the McRib. But everyone in America knows that come February, the coveted classic Shamrock Shake makes its return to the menu for a few weeks. Here’s why the Shamrock Shake is worth every bit of the hype and why you should buy one now: 1. It’s an alternative mint option. What if you want to order a spectacular burger but you don’t have gum on hand afterwards? Order a Shamrock Shake, it’s basically the same thing. 2. There’s the perfect amount of mint. It’s not like drinking mouthwash. There’s only a hint of mint, just enough for it to become addictive. Like a candy cane but better. 3. The color adds a special effect. Pink strawberry shakes are overrated, and chocolate and vanilla are just out of style. 4. It’s a classic. For over four decades, the coveted Shamrock Shake has had a strong following. It was once discontinued only to be brought back by customer demand. 5. McDonald’s offers it for a limited time only. Only being able to get the shake for short amount of time makes it so much more addictive. Somehow, this makes it taste even better. Go crazy.

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