What Happened When I Stopped Eating Meat For Two Weeks?
Last year I made a conscious decision to cut down on eating meat. We began by having meatless meals on Monday, which has flowed on to most of our meals. Over the 12 months this has become an easy decision for me because I am an animal lover and by eating meat, I feel like a hypocrite. Not only that, I have seen horrific images and videos of what happens to animals, not only for food, but also clothes, (which is why our team has made our label vegan), and how by eating large amounts of meat we are impacting the environment.
Fact: A huge chunk of the world’s Co2 emission problems would be solved if we all stopped eating meat.
Animal cruelty is not only happening worldwide but in our backyard in Australia.
I know plenty of people label their diets as vegetarian, vegan, or even pescatarian, which I have chosen not to do. Put simply though, I have found is that the less meat I eat, the healthier I feel. The last time I ate red meat, and I only ate a small portion, I couldn’t sleep and I was up all night with stomach cramps.
I am awake to exercise early and work long hours, and my body is often tired, so I wanted to see if cutting out meat would make a difference. I decided to give up all kinds of animal products for two weeks to see how easy it is and to see the results, which blew me away. (I also haven’t consumed dairy products for years, again for health reasons, which has also had an enormous impact on my feeling of well being.)
If you know me well, you know one thing I love to do is eat a lot of food. Luckily, there are so many interesting ways to make meals heathy and delicious, without meat.
Here are the results of the benefits after two weeks of not eating any meat or animal products.
I am now bouncing out of bed in the morning with more energy than I have felt in a while.
Over the years I have heard about how eating healthily costs more, but this isn’t the case here. What I have noticed (and remember, we didn’t eat a lot of meat to start with) is that our food costs, in both supermarkets and restaurants went down dramatically.
During this period, I also travelled, where I usually put on weight. What I found is that my clothes are not so snug (I don’t weigh myself as I don’t live life by numbers, so I don’t know the kilo results), especially around my middle area.
The heavy, “I need to chill on the couch” feeling after eating has gone. I feel lighter eating vegetables than what I did eating any form of meat.
My sleeping pattern has improved and when I travelled, I normally struggle to sleep on planes, but not this time.
I love knowing animals were not harmed, and fewer animals would die if I kept to this routine. My whole family is enjoying the meatless meals we now eat, so we have kept up the habit.
Dining out and ordering vegetarian meals has had an impact on others. How? They see my meal and wished they had ordered this instead of their meal!
The downside to the experiment was nothing! I don’t have to spend my whole weekend preparing food. We often have roasted vegetables and salads during the week as an alternative to meat and salad. I have enjoyed cooking good old-fashioned recipes that are vegan meals (meat lovers would never know) from my Bosh cookbook. My mushroom risotto (I am cooking tonight) is always easy and a huge hit, as are many meatless spelt pasta recipes and vegetarian recipes.
Warning: Your body goes through detox for up to six months when you give up meat, so you may feel ill, especially if you have been a big meat eater. So maybe take it slowly as I did and gradually cut down. Read more here.
Since the experiment I have kept my diet to 90% animal free, which works for me, but as time goes on, I am cutting down more and more because I am loving what I am eating and enjoying the benefits.
Are you willing to try more vegetarian meals or vegan meals? If so, we would love to hear what you noticed.
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.