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Why go vegetarian? Have you ever asked yourself that?
What are the benefits of being vegetarian and why did I choose to go vegetarian? In this post I want to go over the benefits and talk a little about my vegetarian journey, and why I chose to become vegetarian.
This year is a new year of life hacking and trying to live a healthy lifestyle full of better choices. The type of choices I never used to make.
One of those choices is eating chicken every day. I LOVED eating chicken almost with every meal every day.
Ever since I was a young girl who grew up on a farm surrounded by all different types of farm animals meat was always on the menu.
As children, my siblings and I were taught to thank the animal for sacrificing itself to nourish our bodies.
I was always ok with that and I thought that meat was good for me.
Having a strong craving for chicken meat became just apart of me. My husband would ask, ”What should we have for dinner?” my answer was 90% of the time was a chicken type dish.
What Made Me Go Vegetarian:
Never in my life did I ever even think of going vegetarian. I could always pass on red meat and sometimes pork. The last couple of years I have been reading and watching shows more and more about the horrible animal harvesting practices in the USA.
It bothered me watching all the horrible documentaries and youtube videos about how poorly commercially farm-raised meat animals are treated.
I love animals but that wasn’t the main reason why I wanted to go vegetarian.
The top thing on my mind was the stress the animals undergo before being killed will somehow transfer into our bodies.
“You are what you eat.”
If you kill a terrified animal, all those stress hormones are going through their body.
When they die, those hormones don’t just disappear. We ingest them and can become chemically more stressed. It could be affecting our moods and we weren’t even aware of it.
So I started trying to find free-range chicken and organic chicken thinking that would be a better choice of farm meat. Raising my own meat isn’t possible in the development we live in so that was out of the question.
For months I saw an ad for “The Game Changers” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. I held off watching it just because I wanted to be able to watch it in one sitting. Which is not always an easy feat being a busy mom of two little ones.
Why You Need to Watch “The Game Changers“
I watched it and my mind was opened to so many things I didn’t even think about before. After watching the movie it made me go online and start researching for myself. After that, my mind was set… NO MORE MEAT, and limited animal fats of all kinds, dairy, & eggs.
Now the movie has some controversy around it saying it’s one-sided and biased. What the smart consumer should do is always do your own research and from many different resources, you can start to see the bigger picture, therefore, the truth.
In the movie, they went around the world to interview different vegan and vegetarian athletes. They went over their training routines and diets and how things changed for them once they cut out meats and animal fat.
They also had doctors conduct mini-experiments with athletes eating vegetarian and meat and took their blood to see the difference. Even after one meat meal their blood was clouded and full of fat. The vegetarian blood was clearer.
Throughout the movie, they went over how the athletes improved their overall performance in short amounts of time just by not eating meat. That caused me to look into it more.
What Are The Benefits and Why You Should Consider Going Vegetarian:
According to Health Harvard EDU, eating a vegetarian can possibly reduce your risks for many major health complications.
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Type 2 Diabetes
How being vegetarian has made me physically feel:
After my husband and I started eating plant-based only “meats” and cut down on cheese, and cut out all other dairies we felt some major physical changes.
For myself, I feel like I need less sleep and I will feel more alert and energized than I used to. Therefore going out for walks seems easier, because I don’t get winded at the same hills I used to find more challenging.
After a few weeks of strictly vegetarian, I still missed chicken and craved it a few times. I didn’t eat it but I was craving it bad.
Right now I’m still breastfeeding my 2nd daughter and I thought that maybe that was causing me to crave it for some reason.
I decided to conduct a mini-experiment of my own.
My Vegetarian Experiment: Why Go Vegetarian? My #1 Reason Why I’m Glad I Did.
My husband and I were out and about running errands and then had a doctor check-up for my youngest. We were out and I decided I wanted to get a chicken wrap and just see if eating chicken would feel different.
I ate it and I definitely enjoyed every bite. It was just as delicious as I remembered.
About 15 minutes after eating we got to the doctors’ office and I all of a sudden kinda felt like someone was pushing on my shoulders. It’s a difficult feeling to describe but that’s exactly what it felt like. I felt heavy and CRAZY fatigued.
It was difficult to find the energy to just move. I felt so tired that I felt like I could fall asleep in the waiting room.
We got back in the car and that was it. I fell asleep almost right away.
After that experience, I thought, “Maybe it was just because we were busy all day and I just got tired out of nowhere. It couldn’t have been the chicken.”
I decided to try the experiment again. We still have some frozen chicken in our fridge that we bought before we decided to go vegetarian.
I made myself an oven-roasted chicken breast with just some Italian dressing. I cut it up and made a scrumptious chicken wrap with lettuce.
About 15 minutes after I ate it AGAIN, I felt the same heavy feeling and was so tired I fell asleep in the living room. If you knew me you would know that just doesn’t happen. I don’t usually take naps and sleeping anywhere other than the bed is unusual for me.
The tired feeling lasted for hours. I really didn’t like the groggy heavy feeling it left me with. Even though the chicken was delicious after those two experiences I can confidently say I won’t eat any meat ever again. It was that drastic.
It left me thinking that when I was a meat-eater and tired and cranky if it may have been caused by the meat?
I used to eat meat almost every meal and it probably was the constant state I was in but didn’t realize it as it was happening. Who knows what the reason is but after that my mind was set. No more meat for me.
I recommend you do your own research and get information from multiple reputable resources. With even the vegetarian diet you need to be careful, and make sure you eat all required vitamins and nutrients.
Even vegetarians can be unhealthy and malnourished if they don’t eat a well-balanced diet.
Make sure you talk to your doctor and see if the vegetarian lifestyle is right for you.
I hope I opened up your mind a bit and allowed you to think differently. Marketing from the meat markets has left us brainwashed to think that animal products are the best way to get iron and protein and calcium.
It just isn’t true, and can actually be doing more harm to you than good. I encourage you to at least give it a try and see how you feel.
How to get protein when vegetarian?
Complex proteins can be also found in plant-based foods such as: firm tofu – 10 g of protein per ½ cup edamame beans- 8.5 g of protein per ½ cup tempeh-15 g of protein per ½ cup Other great sources include: Lentils, Chickpeas, Peanuts, Almonds, Quinoa, Chia seeds, Hemp seeds, Beans with Rice, Potatoes, Seitan. Resource- https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321474.php#15-best-vegan-proteins
What is seitan?
Seitan is a plant-based protein made from mixing wheat gluten with various spices. Should be avoided by people with celiac or gluten intolerance.
Can vegetarians eat chicken?
A vegetarian that eats chicken is not technically a vegetarian. You could call them pesco pollo vegetarian.
what is a pesco pollo vegetarian?
A pesco pollo vegetarian avoids red meat but still eats chicken and fish.
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Make sure you comment and let me know if you’re interested in going vegetarian. I’d love to start a conversation about it and see what your thoughts are on the subject.
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