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Daily Blog 10 | I stopped eating meat

I grew up eating meat. Meat is all I know. Meat tastes good when its well seasoned, yet some meat just tastes good with a little salt and pepper. Its hard to break away from meat. I used to eat meat with every single meal. It was my diet and I didn’t know any other way to get protein in my body. Year after year, day after day, of eating meat. I ate a lot of meat. Don’t get me wrong I ate my veggies too, but with meat next to it. I would also eat fish and eggs, so I did have some time away from meat. That was until I noticed something strange.

I probably was to dumb to notice or maybe I just needed to wake up. About 4 months ago I was having bad pains in my stomach every morning. I didn’t know what they were, but I knew it wasn’t good. I would wake up feeling like shit. I didn’t want to get out of bed. I wanted to stay in all the time. I missed several gym workouts because I couldn’t get out of bed. It was time for me to make a change before it was too late. I started to commit myself to a new diet without meat. I wanted to change because I knew something was wrong and I had to stop eating meat. I decided to go on a program to teach me to eat better. I heard of muscular vegans and vegetarians, but I thought that was bullshit. Again that’s my meat-head talking. Right away I met with my gym’s nutritionist to work on a new meat-free diet. I wanted to know how vegetarians and vegans do it. So we sat down and she taught me how to live on a meat-free diet.

My new diet looks a little like this: Every morning I have a shake with protein powder. One of my favorite shakes consists of 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup frozen berries, handful of kale, and 2.5 scoops of plant protein base protein powder. I usually will gulp that down around 7am. 3 hours later I have my 1st snack. 10am I will have either 4oz of tuna salad with 13–15 crackers or 1 cup of greek yogurt with 1/3 cup granola. 3 hours later again I eat my lunch around 1pm. My lunch is usually what ever was dinner the night before or I have 6 egg whites and 1 veggie patty. 3 hours later again is my 2nd snack. Here I will eat 1 cup shelled edamame with 2 tbsp of guacamole or 1 cup of hummus and veggies. For veggies I like sweet peppers and sugar snap peas. And last but not least 3 hours later again is dinner. Dinner is what ever I find on Pinterest that doesn’t have meat. I like to make a big pot of lentil soup, so I can have it throughout the week. I like to make lentil soup because its real easy to make and I can just put it on the slow cooker before I go to work, so when I return home its ready to eat. Do I get bored of eating the same thing over and over? Yes, and I make the proper adjustments from time to time. Maybe one week I eat tofu and another week I have a sandwich with meat-free deli slices. I try and keep the mentality that my body is a machine. In order to keep my machine running at top performance I must feed it well.

The diet I am on is primarily for me to get away from meat. I also don’t want that mass produced meat because the way they treat the animals and what they eat is bad for our bodies. I am certainly not telling you not to eat meat, but for the sake of my own health I find it difficult to eat meat. I guess I can’t eat meat anymore or maybe the meat I ate was just bad for me. I am not sure, but what I do know is that I love eating meat-free now. I wake up feeling great, so I don’t miss gym workouts. I wake up with no problems at all thanks to this new diet I am accepting. To top it all off since I started eating this way my body seems to respond well to it. I have lots of energy now to workout twice a day instead of one. I can workout longer and harder. I am losing weight and gaining lean muscle. In a way this diet has saved my life. Saved me from a life of misery, pain, and discomfort. My plan for the long run is to keep eating this way and get leaner. My health is important to me and I never want to go back to feel that shitty ever again. That was a horrible experience and I wish I knew better. I was young and dumb. I obviously didn’t care about my health. I am glad to wake up everyday and look myself in the mirror with a smile and say “Wow, you did it”. I am not perfect and I do eat meat once in a while only on the weekends, but I restrict my consumption to only one meal with meat. I plan to break my habit and get to eat meat-free everyday for the rest of my life.

Eat to live, not live to eat — Benjamin Franklin

Signing off.