Why I went Vegetarian
The question I get the most is “why did you go vegetarian?” I have more than one reason to answer that question. I am 32 years old and I have eaten meat and dairy products for 31 years of my life. Crazy as it may sound I have to thank Facebook for the changes I have made when it comes to my nutrition. My husband tagged me in a video one afternoon about how hot dogs are made. Let’s just say I couldn’t even finish watching the video. I called my husband asking why in the world would you show me that? Well needless to say not long after watching that video a notification pops up for another one. I hesitantly clicked on the link. The title of the video was how bacon is made. I knew I didn’t want to see it, but I wanted to see what I was eating. So, I clicked play. When I saw with my own eyes the animals and the process I immediately clicked close. I felt sick to my stomach, for so many reasons. The few seconds of footage I saw was absolutely terrifying! That for me was all I needed to see. I just couldn’t stomach to eat another hot dog. I couldn’t stomach to eat another piece of bacon, or any other animal product. I could only replay in my mind what I saw. Later that evening when I got home from work I told my husband “I’m done eating meat!”
He looked at me like I was crazy. The rest of the evening I was reading about going vegetarian. I knew nothing about it. Little did I know that day my true journey of health and wellness would begin.
After I had my second child I waned to lose the baby weight. I thought at the time I was eating pretty healthy. I would eat meat with a side of fruits or vegetables. After doing some research I found out I wasn’t eating healthy. I learned a lot about the ongoing list of chemicals that are in meat and processed foods. Not only was it just wrong to eat these animals, but also it was unhealthy! At this point I was ready to go full force and become vegetarian. The next morning I went to the Wholefoods market. Stocked up on a ton of fruits and vegetables. Still unsure of exactly how to eat vegetarian, but I just knew I had to start somewhere. To my surprise I found a whole vegan section that included cheese, vegan chicken, patties, mayonnaise, bacon, and so much more! I said to myself “okay I can do this”. I got home and showed my husband all that I found. He was even shocked because we had no idea so many foods we ate actually had a vegan version. Although I would share all the information I was learning with my spouse I did not try to force him or my children to decide to eat the same as me. I understood that not everyone could just one day say I’m done. For some people it may take time. Small adjustments here and there and that’s perfectly okay.
In the beginning I just took it one day at a time. Figuring out what to eat for breakfast was the hardest part. At first I would still eat eggs and some spinach or fruit for breakfast. I would normally do a salad for lunch and some vegan “meat” with vegetables for dinner.
I had already been exercising 5-6 days per week, so I continued with my normal fitness routine. A week had passed and I promise I could feel such a difference in my body. I felt more energized, my mind didn’t feel so clouded, my skin looked better, my nails were stronger, and even others around me were telling me I look different. I figured out I could really do this! I continued to read a lot on food and what certain foods do for you in good ways and bad ways. I learned about the negative effects dairy products had on your body. At that point I decided to also eliminate dairy products. What was I going to do not being able to eat eggs for breakfast! No egg whites, no omelets, nothing! I was okay with not drinking milk I never liked it that much anyways. I took my health and wellness journey even further and to this day I have not had any dairy products and I feel absolutely amazing!
I created this blog to share with the world what I have learned and how important it is that we pay attention to what we put in our bodies. We need to pay attention to our health. We wonder why so many Americans are obese, have diabetes, heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, and the list goes on. Nutrition is vitally important. Our organs need certain nutrients to function at their best. I am here to share what I have learned about food, fitness, and wellness. Come along for the tips and motivation to inspire you to make your health a priority!