I hope I don’t disappoint you all when I say that I am
giving up tweaking this meatless challenge. Before you go off judging me, I want to explain my reasoning! It has officially been a week since I started this challenge of mine and I can honestly say I didn’t feel my best.
Throughout the week I was constantly bloated, gassy, and had the endless munchies! Now, I know it’s not just because I stopped eating meat, part of it was mental and part of it was adding in more fiber from lentils and grains – but I just found myself never fully satisfied, so I turned to late-night snacking to fulfill my cravings. However, the positive side to this was that I incorporated more veggies into each meal.
In regard to going vegetarian, I wanted to bring up my experience – as short-lived as it was – to show that no one diet works for everyone. Some people thrive on only fruits and veggies, some need meat and dairy etc. You know yourself better than anyone and know what foods work best with you – the key, and I’ve said this before, is to try different approaches and see how they affect you. With that said, since I know myself very well, I know that a well-balanced diet is what I thrive on. Cutting out food groups all together has never really worked for me (I’ve had plenty of trials with that) – and sugar should not be considered a food group btw We’re not talking about fad diets here, were talking about healthy lifestyles – ones that are realistic and sustainable.
I may have failed at going 100% meatless, however I am continuing this sugar-free, processed foods free challenge and vowing to cut down on my meat intake. I also want to note that in general eating less meat is obviously a better choice than eating it three times a day, but instead of cutting foods out, it’s best – and easier – to crowd them out by adding in more of the good-for- you foods such as; vegetables, fruits, some grains and healthy fats. Figuring out your body and mind is a continuous journey and something you will always have to work at no matter the circumstance. Don’t give up because one thing doesn’t work for you, instead take that as a lesson and keep trying to figure out what does!
When the world says, “Give up,”
Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”