The last few years I’ve dabbled in vegetarianism, eating one last cheeseburger before swearing off meat for good, only to fall prey to street vendor hot dogs and late night pepperoni pizza a few days later. I’m not sure why I wanted to go veg, maybe for the animals, maybe because I knew meat wasn’t the best option thanks to Kimberly Snyder’s “The Beauty Detox Diet”. However, almost five months ago following a week long vacation consisting of burgers, meaty pizza, chicken strips, and more burgers, I realized how bloated and sluggish I felt and made the decision to give up meat, maybe temporarily, maybe for good.
Unlike previous attempts, this time I didn’t share my new lifestyle approach with everyone and anyone. Instead I kept it on the down low, simply turning down meat when offered to me. Surprisingly, it’s pretty easy to just eliminate meat from most meals and still find them fully satisfying, and not to mention the flavor overload that comes with following a diet that requires more vegetables, fruits, and spices.
At times it was hard, like catching a whiff of hot dogs after a night out dancing, or the sight of bacon at brunch buffets, but after going so long without it I refused to cave. Not only did going vegetarian give me loads of energy, but I also lost ten pounds and have saved a ton of money on takeout! There are occasions where it’s a bit of a nuisance, like having to request separate dishes at thanksgiving or bringing my own dishes over to friends’ dinners, but in the long run having to go the extra mile is totally worth it.
Vegetarians pushing their lifestyle onto others isn’t cool, but if I hear a friend complaining about feeling sluggish and wanting to drop a few pounds the only advice I have is to give up meat either for a bit or for good. Not only are you doing your body a huge favor (check out Kimberly Snyder’s book mentioned above for more info), but also the environment and helpless animals.
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