Hearing someone even mention they were vegetarian, pescatarian, or vegan use to bring about a feeling of pity or disdain for these people. How could they give up the succulent taste of a good steak let alone ignore the delectable aroma of southern fried chicken? And please God, make them shut up about animal torture…I’m trying to devour this burger.
The thought was as foreign to me as imagining myself giving up ice cream. Fuck that.
Healthy eaters constantly have to prove why making changes in their diet far outweigh the taste of bacon against their meat eating counterparts. They are always met with the same retort as if it negates the actual facts of proven scientific studies and experience.
“My grandmother ate meat and lived to be 90!”
“It tastes so good I could NEVER stop eating meat.”
“Vegetables are living, aren’t you killing them too like animals?”
“I’m healthy and I eat meat!”
” I don’t even like vegetables.”
“So, what do you eat? Tofu and rice cakes? Uh, disgusting!”
Really though, none of these excuses actually mean anything. What really made me stop eating meat and dairy is the fact I was tired of getting sick. When I did some research, I concluded taste wasn’t worth filling my body with parasites and making my digestive system work more than it needed to. I got tired of watching these 80 or 90-year-old grandparents living with high blood pressure, diabetes, barely able to move, and just existing with a poor quality of life.
I grew weary of seeing my family members constantly in the hospital for health-related issues all because of what they eat. Nine times out of ten, even the doctors tell them “CHANGE YOUR DIET.”
Honestly, my switching to better eating habits is just a personal choice. I don’t really care if anyone else follows suit, though if they complain about being ill it is the first thing I will mention. I haven’t been sick in about 3 years now since making my complete turnover. No colds, no sinus issues, no constipation, no flu. (Believe it or not, even my poop is less potent. I could crap with the door open if I felt so savagely inclined. )
The reason I felt healthy as a meat eater is because I had nothing to compare it to. It’s equivalent to a smoker quitting. Sure you feel okay while killing a pack of menthols a day, but you feel 100% better once you cut down and give it up. That’s how it feels when you go through a diet change. I did feel okay eating prime barbecue beef ribs, grilled with beer marinade and served with a side of thick and creamy baked macaroni and cheese…(oh god…). But I also have to admit I feel better with the alternative.
I didn’t just become a vegetarian overnight. It took many years of cutting one thing out at a time and I don’t always get it right either. Every now and then I opt to “cheat” with seafood or ice cream (I told you), though these occurrences are the exception and not the rule.
I took time to look up vegan and vegetarian recipes in order to expand my choices and I was quite surprised to find out I was actually missing out on a lot of delicious meals and cultures sticking to the traditional American and Cajun meals- French Creole being my traditional upbringing.
I found that a lot of Asian, Indian, African, and Island dishes are naturally vegetarian or vegan and the lack of meat does nothing to change how filling and absolutely fantastic they are. Because of this I have learned to add foreign meal preparations to my household and we are never empty- quite the opposite; I have to make enough for thirds!
I am not against meat eaters, but I am pro health. I do what I feel is in mine and my families best interest and healthy eating habits are apart of our daily routine. I do it because I see the benefits. I witness that while the children in my neighborhood come home with sniffles and ailments, mine are unfazed. I feel my energy levels rise and my skin and hair feel and look healthier.
Do I miss having a steak, bacon or sausage? Of course, I do. I’d be a damn liar to say I don’t occasionally wish I could stop by a Wendy’s and pick up a single, double or triple. Do I miss what it does to my health? Not at all.
In future posts, I’ll share some awesome recipes and alternatives that my family enjoys so you can try some out for yourself. And even if you aren’t ready to switch to the “Veggie Side” ( We still have cookies), you can definitely add them to your meals.
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