So it has been an ENTIRE year since I gave up meat. December 1st marked my one year anniversary and I couldn’t be happier. Becoming a vegetarian has changed me in so many ways.
If you remember when I started this journey, I said I wanted to quit eating meat for health reasons. I just wanted to feel better. For the most part I do feel better, but I feel that I could be feeling A LOT better if I made a few more changes (more on that later).
Since around the 3-6 month mark of not eating animals I have found a much deeper empathy for animals. Before I was one of those people that “loved” animals yet I still sat down and ate them for dinner. I was the person that rolled her eyes when a vegetarian would say things like “You wouldn’t eat your dog would you!?”. *sigh*
I must say that I have finally made the connection and I see how totally WRONG I was. I am becoming a stronger advocate for animals than I had expected. Which I am happy about. My entire perspective has changed and the cloud that had me in a daze of denial has lifted. How my heart wishes I could go back and do this diet change sooner.
I remember my Aunt calling me 1 week into my new vegetarian lifestyle. She asked “How’s it going?” and I remember saying “Well, I’m still alive!”. She said “Did you not think you would be?”…. honestly no. Society had me hard wired to think that I NEEDED meat to be healthy. That it was an absolute NEED. Well my friends, that is just not true. In fact, there is much more health to be had when you give up meat.
Stay tuned for another post on my dietary goals for 2016!