Those that know me know that, over the past year or so, I've drastically cut down my meat consumption and have felt the benefits. I've called it being a "casual vegetarian", to the amusement of some friends. I don't see why vegetarianism need be a binary thing – as with most things in life – and so I was interested to see this Ted Talks clip of Graham Hill (founder of Tree Hugger) on being a weekday vegetarian.
He articulates the ethical, environmental and health reasons to go vegetarian quite eloquently and, instead of giving all meat up, encourages people to reduce meat intake to 2 days a week (if that). This resonated with me: I've found that I don't miss the everyday helpings of meat that were a regular part of my diet – the ham sandwiches, the chicken caesar salads – especially given the vegetarian and fish options that are usually at hand. Instead of restricting meat consumption to the weekends, I tend to eat meat in 'special' circumstances – when I'm traveling and I want to sample the local cuisine, at a nice restaurant or a friend's house for dinner – and I enjoy it. Maybe I'll go full veg one day but, for now, being a 'causal veg' works for me (and many others I know as well).