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I Stopped Eating Meat For One Month And This Happened

Wednesday, February 21, 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. 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. What you do eat? How do you get protein? Are you only eating fruits and veggies? 

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.

In November, I started off removing meat from my breakfast. That was easy. Then I started to remove meat from my lunch. By the time dinner came rolling around, I needed some form of meat. Chicken, shrimp, steak...something. But after a while, my body got used to not needing it for dinner time either. 

Came January 1st, I removed meat entirely and was ready to take this seriously. 

I feel amazing. It's only been one month and I am already beginning to see the benefits of adopting a meat-free diet. 

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 Sleep Through The Night
I wouldn't say that I had bad insomnia. But, I used to have an issue with falling asleep at night and waking up much earlier than I needed to. Now that I haven't had meat, I fall asleep just fine and my alarm clock actually wakes me up. I wake up feeling well rested. 

I Know My Body
When you begin to put more good than bad things into your body (because let's be real, I still chow down on potato chips) your body can easily let you know when something doesn't agree with you. I went out to eat with a friend and I ordered a spinach and mozzarella quesadilla. Although it was tasty, my body knew within 30 minutes that it was too much for me to handle.

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 my edges. 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.

Reduced Bloating
I'm not saying that I've lost a tremendous amount of weight within this month, but I have noticed that I am not as bloated. I'm not a dietician or scientist to entirely piece together how my not eating meat, but I'm pretty sure it's safe to say increasing my vegetable intake in place of meat has helped.



9 comments on "I Stopped Eating Meat For One Month And This Happened"
  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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