As I approach my 30s, I’ve noticed quite a few differences in my body. My skin isn’t as firm as it once was, my weight isn’t falling off the way it used to, and staying awake is my daily goal. Upon realizing this, I decided to make a few necessary life changes. The first major change was my decision to stop eating meat. Allow me to preface this by saying I am a true carnivore at heart. I love meat! Bacon, oven roasted turkey, medium steaks; you name it! However, my concern for my health has overpowered my love for a lot of things these days. After some research and evaluation, I felt as though meat would be first on the chopping block (no pun intended). Before you give me kudos for going cold turkey, I must disclose that I have not and will not give up seafood. As a result, I maintain a pescatarian diet. For those of you who are unfamiliar, a pescatarian diet involves eating meat only from the ocean.
I decided to make the leap of faith on September 8, 2017. I mentally prepared myself for agonizing cravings and withdrawal symptoms. My husband and I commenced our no meat quest by having a celebratory night of chicken wings. Needless to say we had to start a day later. The next day we opened our freezer only to realize we still had a lot of meat. We certainly weren’t going to throw it away. As a result, we delayed our meatless lifestyle for yet another week.
We eventually arrived at a point where there was no meat in the fridge and that’s when reality set in. We decided to load up on groceries as a precaution. We figured the best way to attack a craving was to simply eat something else. We loaded up on veggies, fruit, snacks, and protein. We even got our oldest child onboard. I don’t feel as though it’s fair to take meat from my 1 and 2 year old since they cannot voice their opinions in the matter.
The first thing I noticed was how much I was not craving meat. Non-meat options such as Chipotle’s sofritas and MorningStar Farms® Meal Starters® Chik’n Strips were enough to keep my meat cravings at bay. The second thing I noticed was my skin and nails. While I cannot say definitively that the minor surge in growth is a direct result of my diet, I can say that I began to notice clearer skin and my nails were growing faster.
Another thing I noticed was my ability to focus. I gave my best effort not to overthink any changes I may have noticed during the first month. The one thing I didn’t and do not wish to do is attribute progress to my diet when my diet had no hand in the process. With that being said, I noticed my energy levels increased so much so that I was not taking mid-day naps. Furthermore, my ability to focus on daunting school work increased as well.
In conclusion, all of these great changes in my body have been wonderful. I intend to continue with my meatless diet moving forward. However, I do not have any firm scientific data to support the notion that these changes are a result of my diet. However, in the off chance that they are, I plan on remaining pescatarian!
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