“Going meat-free can make a huge difference. Studies show that vegetarians are, on average, 10 to 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters and that a vegetarian diet reduces our risk of heart disease by 40 percent and adds seven or more years to our lifespan”. – Ingrid Newkirk
I no longer eat animal flesh. Yes, I am now a vegetarian, well sort of. I still eat some seafood as a protein source, but eventually I will ween myself from seafood as well.
Maybe that makes me a veggiquarium for now.
Why did I change my diet in the first place?
I went on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and a new FaceBook fan of Mazzastick asked me if I eat meat? I said “Yes, I’ve been meat eater since I was a child.”
I was expecting some sort of verbal tongue lashing on me for eating meat, but instead what she said was she really enjoyed reading my blog and she thought that I might be sensitive to the suffering of animals, which I am. (I’ve seen enough slaughterhouse videos.)
It got me thinking though. I have made changes about myself ever since I began my personal development journey, but the one area I haven’t made a change yet was to become a vegetarian.
For the record, my definition of a vegetarian is someone who does not eat animal/mammal flesh.
I do eat seafood, and yes, I understand that sea-creatures have nervous systems and feel pain too.
I am taking this change at my pace. I will eventually make the shift to a whole vegan diet, perhaps even a raw one at that.
I don’t plan on ridding myself of leather belts, leather shoes or any other product that I have already bought when I was meat eater.
Since these animals already sacrificed their lives, it would be wasteful for me to discard of such things. But new purchases will be made of the “non animal type.”
The change has been relatively easy since I had already went on a “fowl only diet” several years ago. This means that the only meat that I ate was chicken and turkey.
Also, in the past I learned how to make many delicious vegetarian dishes and yes, I’ve eaten tofu, meatless hot dogs, meatless sausage and so on.
It’s not that bad when you make the mental, spiritual shift first.
I gave up drinking cow’s milk back in 1997 and I either use soy milk, rice milk or almond milk when I need to.
I seldom eat eggs as it is, and I don’t mind ridding myself of them either. I won’t freak out if I happen to eat something that is made with dairy or eggs. Sometimes it’s unavoidable.
Personal changes can be made slowly if that’s what works for you.
Making little changes over time will give you big results. Plus, anyone who has ever consciously decided to make changes to themselves knows that the first thing to change is what you place in your body.
Nutritional Coaching With Lynn Rossiter
Several weeks ago I had an eye-opening coaching session with nutritionist Lynn Rossiter. That coaching session with Lynn really opened my eyes and mind to the realization that I needed to make essential dietary changes. Thanks Lynn. 😉
Any Changes Since Going Vegetarian
What I notice the most since becoming vegetarian is that I don’t have indigestion.
My stomach does not digest meat as easily as other foods. I also feel slightly less aggressive, not in a violent way, but rather in a “I need to be competitive about everything sort of way.”
Any Meat Cravings
None so far and I don’t expect any. I already went through a Mother’s Day feast and a Country Fair, and I didn’t eat meat on either occasion. Just everything else!
This Spring marks the fourth year that I planted an organic vegetable garden in my backyard. The veggie garden is 20’x30′, and it produces enough food that I give over half of it away. I urge you grow a small vegetable garden in your backyard. It’s easy, affordable, healthy and convenient to do so.
Other Factors That Contributed to Becoming a Vegetarian
It all boils down to ethics for me. I do not want to support businesses that raise animals from cradle to grave in a box, grate, or cage.
Yes, I know there are such things as free range animals, meaning they roam free outside without being confined to a small cage.
Free range animals just have bigger cages.
But I digress.
Like I’ve said before, I love my furry friends, especially the one’s that still live in their natural habitat.
My family and I moved to the country/ rural area four years ago. The main reason for moving was to be in a more natural setting. My house is literally surrounded by woods on an acre and a quarter of land.
I have seen every animal you can think of in the woods or on my property such as: squirrels, groundhogs, deer, a peacock, a bobcat, cats, dogs, owls, coyote, garden snakes, hawks, woodpeckers, cardinals, robins, possum, vultures, crows, ravens and more.
And yes, the animals are welcome on my property as long as they stay out of my house or the garage.
Becoming a vegetarian is not an ego thing, not some weird “cult thing,” it’s a soul thing. It just feels right, it feels natural to do so.
Famous Vegetarians and Vegans
Michael Clarke Duncan