Why Carrie Underwood Stopped Eating Beef

by Jeremy Spirogis
Carrie Underwood

American
Idol
winner and nation singer Carrie
Underwood
grew up on a farm in Checotah, Oklahoma. Here’s what she revealed
about why she stopped consuming beef. 

For Carrie Underwood, the animals on her farm have been like household

Carrie Underwood | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
Carrie Underwood | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Underwood mentioned she liked the animals her dad and mom saved on the farm when she was a toddler. They have been like household to her. “Our calves were always adorable,” writes Underwood in her guide Find Your Path. “They would jump around and play, and they were so sweet. Think of the most adorable baby cows you’ve ever seen at a petting zoo. In my memory, that’s what they looked like.”

The actual motive Carrie Underwood stopped consuming beef

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Underwood describes the second she determined to cease consuming beef as an “awakening.” She says the day she found what actually occurs to cattle precipitated her to vary her consuming habits.

One day, when Underwood was 13 years previous, she went to deliver her dad and mom some iced tea. Once she arrived, she noticed them making ready the calves. When Underwood requested her dad and mom what they have been doing, she was horrified to be taught folks eat the animals on the farm.

“I was utterly shocked,” wrote Underwood. “I used to be the child who
would decide up worms off the street and put them within the grime in order that they wouldn’t get
fried within the solar or run over by a automobile (I nonetheless do that once I’m out for a
run—previous habits die arduous, I assume). I used to be the child who snuck out of the home at
evening with a bundle of sizzling canines to feed the stray canines. I’ve this deep and
unshakable love for all life.”

Carrie Underwood by no means thought concerning the function of the household farm

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Underwood mentioned she by no means gave a second thought of what
was occurring to the animals on the farm. It didn’t happen to her that the
animals she thought-about a part of her household have been truly meals.

“It sounds bizarre, however by some means, at 13 years previous, I had by no means
actually thought concerning the function of our farm,” writes Underwood. “There have been
at all times cows. I at all times helped with them. They have been part of our lives, however I
had by no means thought-about the place they went once they left us. And like most youngsters, I
had by no means thought-about the place the meat on my plate got here from, both.”

Carrie Underwood mentioned she felt responsible about consuming the animals on the farm

Carrie Underwood in 2019 | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicCarrie Underwood in 2019 | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
Carrie Underwood in 2019 | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

The nation singer shared in her guide that she felt a way
of guilt after realizing she had been consuming the cattle. She was so
overcome that she felt the urge to cry. She couldn’t consider she had been
“blind” to the truth of the farm.

I noticed, in a flash, that I had been a participant on this course of my entire life. An enormous wave of guilt washed over me, and I wished to burst into tears. I had eaten the hamburgers and the pot roasts and by no means as soon as linked these with the newborn calves I liked a lot.

How had I not seen it earlier than? How might I’ve been so blind? That was a transformational second for me, and in a matter of seconds, my course was set and my resolve was agency: I might by no means eat beef once more. I introduced it to my dad and mom. And that was that.

Carrie Underwood modified her consuming habits

Underwood determined to regulate the way in which she ate. She not solely felt responsible about what occurred to the animals but in addition didn’t really feel beef was one thing her physique wanted.

“I was self-sufficient by 13, and when [my mother] served beef, I always made something else for myself, like chicken and rice or Boca burgers,” says Underwood. “I’ve never gone back to eating beef, and I never will. Instead, I’ve progressed in the opposite direction, eventually dropping all animal meat out of my diet as I felt ready to. I don’t feel that my body needs it.”

Read extra: The
Deeper Meaning Behind Carrie Underwood’s ‘Cry Pretty’

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