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Celebrate: World Vegetarian Day

Have I mentioned how fond I am of special days? Well today sneaked up on me like a white tail deer walking under my tree stand. Today – October 1 – is world vegetarian day. Like many college students I went through a vegetarian phase, but I could never quite give up pizza sausage and pepperoni. Then will working as a camp counselor I was often tempted by bacon in the dinning hall. From a couple pieces of bacon it is a rapid fall back to regular meat consumption.

Nonetheless, I do limit my meat consumption for a variety of health and environmental reasons. Here are a few Everyday EMS Tips for World Vegetarian Day.


1. Have a big salad tonight for dinner – hold the meat. I bet you will fall asleep faster and feel better in the morning than a regular meat meal.

2. Eat smaller meat portions. I have written previously about my small plate technique. Use a salad plate and you will eat less.

3. Eat local meat. A few weeks ago I bought a pound of organic bacon from free range pigs. WOW! It was terrific.

4. When serving a vegetarian at a family or holiday meal don’t pester the veggie with questions like, “Do you eat chicken? Chickens are vegetarians.” or “How about some fish? A little fish won’t hurt you.” or “Are you sure you don’t want to try this bacon? It is really good.”
How are you going to celebrate World Vegetarian Day?

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.