I talked about how I wanted to stop eating meat for about four years before I actually did it.
For 23 years, I lived as a meat-eater.
But for the last few years, I never felt right about it. I didn’t want to eat animals anymore…my thought was: why eat animals if I don’t have to?
I felt guilty after seeing documentaries like Food Inc., and reading about how meat gets to our dinner tables. I just didn’t feel right contributing to the mass production of animals for our eating.
Health-wise, I felt like I should stop eating meat because it didn’t feel good for my body. All the effects meat has on our digestive systems…ehh it just sketches me out. I didn’t think meat was good for me, especially since most the meat I was eating was highly processed.
Also, being the “greenie weenie” that I am, I didn’t feel right eating meat, knowing that it’s one of the worst things for the environment. Raising livestock is one of the major reasons for destruction of forests/jungles.
Lastly, it was unsettling to me that kids in Africa are dying of starvation, but the meat industry creates an excess amount of beef (and makes sure to feed them well) just so people can enjoy an unnecessary piece of steak.
Remember though, to each its own. Before making major health decisions, one should do research and decide which lifestyle fits his/her life best.
I’m not here to harp on meat-eaters (all my friends and fam eat meat, and I was eating it a couple of months ago.) I just want to let everyone know how great I feel since becoming a vegetarian two months ago 🙂
This is what I’ve experienced:
I haven’t had a stomach ache in 2 months.
My digestive system feels great. My stomach and intestines seem happy with my choices, and I never feel bloated. And let’s just say my bowel movements are the cleanest they’ve ever been haha. Eww.
I no longer have menstrual cramps. Not even in the least.
I’ve eaten more fruits and vegetables than ever before, because I go “out of my way” to compensate for nutrients I’m missing out on from not eating meat
My nails all the sudden became super strong (I wasn’t even thinking about this…until one day I realized I had long nails that were nearly unbreakable)
Not eating meat forced me to become more creative with the food I eat. I cook a lot of my own meals now.
Fast food is nearly non-existent in my life, because most only have low-quality meat to serve