Let me start this post by saying... I am a lover of meat. I have never not eaten meat before (except on a juice cleanse, which are rubbish by the way), I have always ordered pork ribs over salad, bacon on the side with my scrambled eggs and chicken wings as a starter on a night out, so I think you will be as surprised as me when you here what I have to say next.. I loved my 30 meat free days!!! Why????? You may be thinking... or for the vegetarians and vegans out there, about bloody time, you might say!! Well, I am a massive lover of vegetables as well, any food really, as you can tell by my blog. I had been watching many vegan and health videos online, Mango Island Mamma, Bite sized vegan, Michael Pollen to name a few and was feeling rather challenged by what they were saying about my current diet and lifestyle. To be honest I hadn't really thought too much about how my meat consumption and the worlds meat consumption was ruining our natural environments, damaging our seas and worst of all the animals themselves. I mean I loved meat, how could I give that up...
After watching a fantastic documentary (highly recommend watching it, on Netflix) Conspiracy, I couldn't believe how little I knew about the agriculture industry. All the signs were pointing towards giving it up and I was starting to be turned off the stuff. I decided 30 days, a month is manageable, I would challenge myself, make a small change in my life that in return would be helping animal lives and the our planet life. Yes, I am a massive believer in making a difference hence why I wanted to become a teacher and try to help shape little individuals, or be a positive light in their lives, so if there is a change I can make to help the world and make some sort of positive difference I am definitely going to give it a try.. YOLO!!
When deciding to give up meat, staying healthy was a massive part of this, how would I be able to get all my protein, iron, calcium, omega 3.. The crazy part is, you don't even need meat to be healthy. For some reason the way we have been educated through school health, government food charts, parents we think of the 5 food groups and how that consists to a healthy balanced diet. But, this is not the only way to be balanced, eating a large variety of vegetables, grains (unprocessed), nuts, legumes, seeds, fruit all contributes to a healthy body.
There are so many positives I have discovered by giving up my meat and reducing my dairy intake. My digestion is much better, I do not feel sickly full after I stuff myself. I can happily have a second portion without feeling sick. My skin is better, more colour and clearer than it has ever been. I have just as much energy or even more and to gross you all out, my bowel movements are amazing and oh so regular!
My suggestion is this, try 30 days without meat, challenge yourself, make a change, do something different, feel different and make a difference to animal lives and your own wellbeing, and life on this planet.
I'm not saying it is going to be easy, I found eating out painful sometimes, when some restaurants had very limited options. Telling your friends and family, and being interrogated about your new choice can be draining.. but 30 days isn't long and once that is over you can make a new choice and see how you feel. #30MFD
I have managed to even convince Ryan to eat meat free meals at home.. and he is impressed by my creative ways in the kitchen to keep him interested in my cooking, plus he can't be bothered to do it himself hahaha..
Even trying new recipes, changing your shopping (saving plenty of pennies) and being creative with your homemade meals is so rewarding!
Rant over... Enjoy your meals what ever it is you are cooking and check out my Instagram for some inspiration with veggies if you need it! @justgeorgieskitchen
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