For the month of February I decided to cut out all meat products from my diet. It’s something I’ve always been interested in, wanted to try, but was always hesitant. I knew it would be a challenge, an experiment, and something I could only hold myself accountable for. So here it goes. I’m sharing my reasons why, the process, any changes, and what I’ve learned.
Giving myself a challenge, a goal, something to work towards to intrigues me. I find the idea of challenging myself, pushing myself, and learning through the process of it interesting. I wanted to see how and if my body would react to not eating meat. I also wanted to hold myself accountable to something; it makes me feel accomplished, satisfied, and drives me to better myself.
The idea of cutting out meat entirely wasn’t too shocking, I’m not a heavy meat eater to begin with, but finding a protein replacement would be most challenging. While starting off strong by meal planning, buying lots of fresh produce, and eating clean healthy meals, the beginning was easy. It became challenging and tiring to keep up after week 2 especially because I still had to cook a meat eating diet for my family so I was often cooking two separate meals everyday. I also found myself always hungry, weak, and tired all the time. It soon became a part of my daily life, that finding ways around eating meat was my new norm.
Was I expecting changes in my body? Yes and no. I wasn’t looking to lose any weight from this diet, but I was maybe expecting some physical changes to my body. I had to change my thought process about what I was eating and how I was thinking about food.
The number one take a way with this challenge is that it made me physically tired ALL the time. This was quite disappointing. I also learned that meal prepping is very important and makes things easier. Because I failed to meal prep I found myself often reaching for a non-healthy options. I think with a better approach, learning to meal prep and have not only meals ready, but snacks too, i think my outcome and process would be totally different.
Here's to the next challenge