I’ve had one week to let my vegetarian week experience settle in.
People thought it may mess up my energy or my metabolism. It didn’t. It messed up my head.
In the past I shunned vegetarian meals, something that lacked substance, lacked a center. My nuclear family upbringing NEVER had a meal without meat.
A broad new world opened up in my mind. It’s a different way of eating. Non-meat is less filling, but that’s okay, I don’t always want a brick in my stomach.
Part of the reason I did the exercise was to give me more food choices. I did not necessarily eat that many more foods in the week, BUT it did open the flood gates for the possibilities of eating more types of meals. I am always trying to be more open-minded in everything I do. This was a very successful part of the exercise.
A side effect that I didnt anticipate was that my digestive system feels much better. People say that meat stays in your system for 3 days to a week. I had been feeling pains in the area and I’m glad to say that I feel much cleaner, much less constricted.
A talk with a friend articulated something I have been leaning towards the whole week. What I am now trying to do is limit my meat footprint. There is so much meaningless meat going through the world today: fish sticks, lunchroom hamburgers, chicken patties, ham sandwiches… None of these meals are going to make to take a step back and appreciate life. For now on, if I am going to be eating meat, I want to love it. It has to be a great experience or it is not worth it – In a macro and micro view.
I am always trying to improve myself no matter what I am doing. Consistently building on yourself is an important priority in my life – this is what I encourage everyone to do that I meet. I figure I am going no where with these meaningless meat meals. If I am able to eat in a way to clean out my system and provide different nutrients to my body whenever I am not having a delicious meat oriented meal, that is how I am able to improve myself during these holes in time where I would normally have my chicken parm hero.
What is working for me is giving myself a 5 meat meal limit for the week. This keeps me conscious of what I am eating and still allows me to endulge whenever I want to. For me, I am the type to save so I would normally use less than what is allotted. Last week I had 4 meals with meat. Chicken salad quickie sandwich, jamaican chicken stew/beef patty, italian hero, and one silver dollar sized sausage. It is a challenge and I am always game for that. For me, there is always that mystery item in my future which I want to hold out for.
CONCLUSION: Not every meal is meaningful, so make them useful.