My ego made me stop eating meat.
I’d love to say my motivation was health, or animal compassion, or something substantial but honestly my reason was quite superficial. I stopped eating meat because I want to look HOT when I am older.
Over the years, I noticed that people who ate a plant-based diet and were over 40 years old tended to look at least 10 years younger, if not more. It wasn’t just one person because it got to the point where I could look at someone’s face and say, “I bet they don’t eat meat.”
I think Annette Larkins sealed the deal for me. Once I heard her story, I knew I had to change what I was doing. It was a gradual process because I had already given up pork for health reasons. But I was still chowing down on the beef and chicken. I’m a steak and potato type of girl.
I knew that it would be difficult to cut out meat if there was nothing to replace it, so I took one month to start introducing more foods into my household. I started looking up recipes, trying new things, buying processed meat replacements to use as a crutch.
I really wanted to see what would happen if I stopped buying meat and didn’t say anything. It took three weeks before my husband realized I wasn’t buying beef and that’s only because he brought me home a cheeseburger and I got mad.
“Why would you bring me this when you know I’m trying to give up meat?”
“What, you just made tacos the other day!”
“That wasn’t meat, meat….”
And the discussion began. (As a side note, I guess those crutch replacements are pretty convincing…)
These days I’ve deepened spiritually and that guides my path. A lot of people talk about the end of the world, survival scenarios, etc. and I would always say, “if it came to that, then I would just eat plants because I’m not killing any animals. And who is going to clean that up?”
That thought came to my mind so much that, I responded back to myself by saying “If that is how you feel then perhaps you should think about what that means.” And thus began my spiritual journey.
This is just my story. There is no judgement on anyone else because that’s really not my style. This is for people who maybe want to give up meat, but they just need an extra little motivational boost.
Whatever your reasons are, here are some tips to help you make that journey.
1) Add more foods to your diet. Learn the names of veggies and legumes that you aren’t familiar with. Learn how to prepare them. Start trying new recipes.
2) Stop eating meat one day per week for a month. For example, say Monday’s are meatless and do that for a month.
3) The next month do two days per week. While you are doing this, keep adding new foods to your diet.
4) The next month do three days per week, and so on and so forth until it’s done.
Of course, you can just take a month to prepare like I did, but some people find it easier than others. Wherever you are on your journey, remember to be loving and kind to yourself. Be patient because you didn’t develop your habits overnight.
What are your tips for adding new foods to your diet? I’d love to hear from you.