October is a fun month to start planning Halloween costumes and sip on pumpkin spice lattes or pumpkin flavored beers. The month of the gourd serves another purpose- vegetarianism. Today happens to be World Vegetarian Day, which kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month, so stock up on some hummus.
If you're flirted with the idea of going vegetarian, today is the day to try it. There plenty of of benefits and misconceptions when it comes to not eating meat. When done right, the diet is healthy and cheap, and you can get plenty of protein. To quote master vegan chef Isa Moskowitz in Appetite for Reduction, "Next time someone tells you that veganism is expensive, you answer 'lentils.'"
If you're planning on making today a Meatless Monday, check out these 10 songs about vegetarianism/veganism and animal rights.