When I was almost 60 years old I did something radical. My family questioned my sanity. My friends asked me if I was crazy.
It was all because of my chiropractor. He suggested I try giving up eating meat. I admit, I was skeptical.
Beef was not a particular favorite of mine. I did not eat much red meat.. But poultry was a staple.
I decided I would give it a try for 6 months. But I did not really know what I was doing.
I had been trying to lose weight for a few months when my chiropractor mentioned it. He said I would feel better and it would be a healthy option.
I did not realize it right away, but just giving up meat is not the whole story. As I struggled with this, I was still cooking full meals for my family. I quickly learned that just eating the meal I prepared for them without the meat was not very filling.
On my next visit with my primary doctor, he questioned if I was getting enough protein. For some reason this had not occurred to me. He sent me to a dietitian.
Meeting with her was a real eye opener for me. SHe explained about alternative types of protein and complete proteins. At about the same time as I began working with her, I discovered SPark People and the trackers. Using the information she taught me and the tools SP provided, I slowly learned how to balance it all out.
NOw the 6 months was over. I had not eaten any meat. I did, however eat seafood, fish and dairy.
I found that I did not miss the meat. I was learning a whole new way of eating. SO I decided to give it another 6 months. It is now 10 years later. I have not eaten meat for over 10 years. I do not miss it. I still cook it for my husband, though some meals he does eat my meatless way.
In the beginning I thought it would be so much harder, specially still cooking meat for others.
People still ask me when I am going to eat meat again.. I have no plans to ever do that.
No I am not a vegan. I am not even really a vegetarian. I call myself a flexitarian since I eat dairy and fish.
I made this part of my healthy lifestyle and it works for me. I know it does not work for everyone. WHen I started I never considered it would end up being a forever lifestyle choice.
If you ever consider it, make sure you get the help and tools you need. It makes all of the difference.
Have a healthy happy day.