You can find my 7 week update here.
I can’t believe I am going on 4 months now! I cannot express how glad I am that I chose this lifestyle. You can read why I decided to become a vegetarian here.
I know I do not like to get into the animal cruelty side of things, but I just want to say that I LOVE that I am not contributing to animal abuse. Or let me say that my lifestyle has lessened animal abuse. I still eat dairy so I have a lot to learn about the animal abuse in the dairy industry. I do buy all organic and I do my research on the companies before I buy, but with that said you can never be 100% sure that everything is what it seems. It is small baby steps for me and right now I am extremely proud of my progress.
There are about 4 cow pastures that I drive by each time I go to town. I watch the mother cows play and snuggle with their babies. I see the babies romping around and having fun. It just feels good to know that I am not eating them. I’d also like to remind everyone that I grew up on a farm where we ate our animals. Something just shifts inside you when stop eating animals and you awaken to the reality of eating other living creatures. I get a lot of people say “Well, if you grew up on a farm you would appreciate eating meat” and various similar comments along those lines. Well, I am here to say that I have been there and done that. For me personally I have a change of heart, not that I ever did agree with the killing of our farm animals to start with, but I was just kid. To me they were our pets and I never fully understood why we ate them. But I digress. It is what is what it is. I do not judge other peoples lifestyles. I can only share my own experiences. 😉
So, what struggles do I have?
I have one major struggle right now and I am not sure if this is common during the transition to a vegetarian diet, but I will share my struggle with you now. It is the ugly thing called processed food. I had switched to a clean eating diet before I quit eating meat. I cut out a lot of processed foods. Then when I became a vegetarian it’s like all of that went out the window. I’m not sure what made me regress back to my old bad habits, but I have. I find myself eating processed food more now than I have before. Chips, cereal bars, boxed pasta dinners, and just plain junk food!
It is draining my energy and making me feel sick. I know this is another change I need to make and I have been putting it off. So in the coming months I plan on getting back to good clean natural foods. I need to learn how to cook vegetables in a way in which I can enjoy them more. Ever hear of a vegetarian that doesn’t like vegetables?? Well, I am one of those, so how much sense does that make! LOL! I need to work on my vegetable intake and I am not talking about french fries here either! I’m just trying to be honest with you all in hopes that maybe someone can relate.
So my challenges coming up is to eat less processed foods and start substituting those for freshly cooked (or raw) veggies. Look for the update on that soon! 🙂