I was vegetarian for a time, as a part of a certain diet, but my choices were very limited because I’m kind of a picky eater. Long term being vegetarian or vegan is just not possible for me because of how many things I don’t like, and that’s not me being stubborn. I wish I liked the things I don’t like, that would make things easier, but I just can’t. I either don’t like the flavor, or the texture makes me feel sick - and I have a big issue with textures.
And I like meat, I just do. I know I won’t be happy if I force myself to change my diet. Your body can’t be sustained by a diet that makes you miserable. There’s a reason a change in diet is suggested when trying to manage depression and other mental health issues/disorders.
The diet I’m currently on to lose weight and be healthier is a high-fat low-carb diet, so I eat a lot of fat and quite a bit of protein, which means a lot of meat. It’s possible to be vegan on this diet, but much harder and not possible for me. Mentally, there’s not been a big change, but physically it makes me feel way better (which does help mentally) and has even helped making a certain health issue I have more manageable.
I’m on the same page as @poison_mara. I respect vegetarians and vegans, but I don’t respect people who won’t show me the same respect and presume to know anything about me and the way I live my life and decide they can judge me based on that. Insulting people who eat meat isn’t going to help animals. Supporting legit animal welfare groups that have actual scientists and research and lawyers on their side that can help animals will.
I love animals, I truly do, despite what some people might think based on the fact I also love meat, but forcing myself to push my already crumbling mental health isn’t going to help anyone. It’s just going to hurt me and I need to stop doing that.