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I Stopped Eating Meat And This Happened

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

For my New Year's Resolution, I made the decision that I wanted to transition into a meat-free diet. I got to a place where I didn't enjoy how I felt after eating certain meals, and my body was telling me that it was time for a change.

Can't lie. The idea of giving up meat sounded absurd in the beginning. I had been consuming meat my entire life. My thoughts were just like any other person that isn't familiar with a meat-free diet. How do you get protein? Are you only eating fruits and veggies for every single meal? 

Well, I knew I couldn't just dive into this. I knew that I had my work cut out for me and I wanted to research as much as I possibly could about removing meat completely out of my diet. I constantly searched through Pinterest and Youtube for ideas until I had a grasp on how I wanted to get started.

I didn't want to go cold turkey starting this diet. 

In November, I started off by removing meat from my breakfast. This was pretty easy for me as I never ate much meat for breakfast outside of bacon. Then, I started to remove meat from my lunch. However, for dinner, I would still prepare a meal that had some meat. Eventually, it didn't take long before I began weening meat from dinners. 

Came January 1st, I removed meat entirely and was ready to take this seriously. I feel amazing, and have begun to see the benefits already. 

I Don't Feel Sluggish
Normally, after each meal I would feel extremely tired and drained. The only thing that could remedy this was to simply take a nap. I didn't even have the energy to walk off a meal. I just couldn't muster the strength. But now, I've noticed that although I am full I don't feel tired. If anything, I have a ton of energy. 

I Know My Body
When you begin to put more good than bad things into your body your body can easily tell when something doesn't agree with you. I went out to eat with a friend and ordered a spinach and mozzarella quesadilla. Although it was tasty, it was only a matter of minutes before my body wasn't feeling well after eating it. Maybe it was the cheese? Maybe it was too greasy? Not sure, but it didn't take long for me to identify what it was that didn't sit well.

No More Postpartum Shedding
When I stopped breastfeeding my son, postpartum shedding hit me hard. My hair was coming out in clunks each time I washed it or combed it. It was so bad that I had balding and thinning around the fronts and nape of my hairline. I wash my hair once a week, and by week three...I noticed that I didn't see clumps of my hair coming out. The shedding has decreased significantly.