You must be asking yourself “Why the hell would anyone give up meat?” Some people become vegetarians because of health reasons or maybe from watching What the Health on Netflix. I didn’t need to watch the stomach churning film, I’m sure like a lot of you, you know eating meat takes a toll on your health. Instead of saying “Why the hell?” I said “What the hell?” and I reduced my meat intake from everyday (and almost every meal) to only once a day 3x a week.
I’m sure you’ve already heard about how meat is bad for you blah blah blah. But, let me reiterate what you think you know.
- Life expectancy: Vegetarian men live an average of 9.5 years longer than their meat-eating counterparts and vegetarian women an average of 6.1 years longer.
- Sex life: Eating plants can have a positive impact on your disposition and libido.
- Sex life: If a man avoids red meats, it improves the sex appeal of his body odor.
- Diet: Average American eats approximately 222 pounds of meat per year.
- Diet: The American Dietetic Association (ADA) concludes that a vegetarian or vegan diet is healthier than one that includes meat.
- Animal cruelty: The number of animals killed for meat every hour in the U.S. is 500,000.
Obviously going cold turkey can be nothing short of difficult but enforcing self-control is key. If the pros outweigh the cons, in this case missing out on a juicy and tasty burger, it will be worth it. It also taught me portion control. You definitely want to stock up on greens and drink plenty of water. One thing I enjoyed the most was demonstrating self-control when it comes to food. It can be so easy to give into eating meat, desserts, or soda for that matter but the proud feeling afterward is just as great (we can at least pretend it is.) Snacks will also help keep you on track. I like to snack on veggie chips and animal crackers. I’d also like to mention tracking your food is a great idea if you want to keep yourself accountable.
Was it worth it? The most obvious effect of eating less meat was feeling more energized. I no longer felt sluggish waking up in the morning, with that said I also felt more awake. If one of your 2018 goals was to be more productive then eating less meat could be an odd but efficient method. Other effects include: losing weight, reduced risk of heart disease, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and the list goes on. If you aren’t one for the gym then consuming less meat is an easy alternative.
Will I return to eating meat everyday for every meal? The answer is no. I was skeptical about the change in my energy and overall health before I took the plunge. But now that I have reaped the benefits I am going to limit my meat intake, and who knows maybe one day I’ll be vegetarian.
From one mindless meat eater to another, what’s the harm in trying this for a week? or even a month? I hope you learned something, and maybe have at least a peaked interest in considering becoming a vegetarian.