I Stopped Eating Meat And This Happened



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.

I know. When you hear most persons say that they don't eat meat it's usually for moral or ethical reasons. In my case, I just want to live a healthier life. 

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 didn't want to just dive into this. I didn't want to go cold turkey. I wanted to research as much as I possibly could about removing meat completely out of my diet, and understsanding what key essentials my body would need in order to properly function. There was so much to learn about deficiencies, and ensuring you're getting all of your vitamins. I wanted to be sure that I was well aware of what I'd be getting myself into. 

So instead of going cold turkey, I slowly removed meat from my meals at a time. In November, I started off by removing meat from my breakfast. This was pretty easy for me. I mainly stick to oatmeal, pancakes, with an ocassional couple slices of bacon. This didn't feel as though I was giving up much for breakfast.

Then, I started to remove meat from my lunch. This is where it got tricky for me. I always have meat for lunch. Whether's in a salad, sandwich, or even just chicken tenders from Chic- Fil-A. I struggled with finding meals that would be filling enough to last me until my next meal. But, with the help of Youtube and Pinterest I began finding recipes that I could have for lunch. Eventually, not having meat for breakfast and lunch was no longer an issue.

Removing meat from my dinner was a tough one. There were days where I caved and I ended up having the pepperoni pizza or having that Whopper from Burger King. But with time, I eventually found that I didn't need it anymore. 

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 after my meals. I used to feel extremely tired and drained, and would result to taking a nap or worst...I would feel I need to load up on sugar to wake me up. 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. As I begin to put more good than bad things into my body I can easily tell when something doesn't agree with me. Whether it's a stomachache or a headache, my body shows signs that it doesn't feel well within minutes after eating whatever it is. 

My skin and hair are popping! I may have an ocassional pimple, but it's decreased tremendously. Even my hair is much thicker and has begun growing at what seems like a rapid pace. I feel healthier, and my body is starting to respond to it as well.




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  1. Good job in dropping the meat. I salute you!

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    1. Thanks so much! It hasn't been easy, but I'm proud of my progress.

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  2. Is this going to be a permanent lifestyle change?

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    1. I haven't decided just yet. I think at this point I'm just seeing how long I can do it.

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  3. You've done such an amazing job! And kudos to you for going through it! I'm so scared to even try! LOL!

    Belle | www.OneAwesomeMomma.com

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    1. Thank you! I was at first too, because gosh I love a meaty sub or a loaded pizza. But I like the results so far.

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  4. I've always wanted to reduce the amount of meat I eat but having to find alternatives scares me off every time. I am NOT a cook and I get so lost when it comes to meal planning already. I really want to try to get back into the swing of things!

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    1. It took some time for me to find a flow as well. Youtube and Pinterest are my best friend. It's made meal planning and food ideas so much easier.

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  5. I think everyone should go meat free at some point in their lives. I've been vegan/vegetarian on and off for years, and personally the thing that makes the biggest difference for me is going without dairy.

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