This question has been asked thousands of times around the country of people who stopped eating meat. I gave up eating mainly cows, pigs and chickens because I didn’t like several things, like the way ‘they’ have messed with our food so much with steroids, antibiotics and genetically modified corn feed. But mainly it was because of how it made my body feel. Plus I became lactose intolerant at age 29. I had always had trouble with ice cream but now it was everything except the occasional mozzarella slice.
I used to have pain every single day. In my neck, back, and all over sometimes. I have no medical conditions that should cause this, but I was eating too many proteins that were making my body acidic and super inflamed. Inflammation was my enemy, and although I tried incorporating anti-inflammatory foods, I was eating meat or whey protein every 3 hours. That is not ‘everything in moderation’. However, that is what most bodybuilding websites or ‘health’ magazines tell you you’re supposed to eat to be healthy. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
After reading several online articles and a couple of books I realized that meat is hard on our system. It requires a lot of enzymes and digestive acids just to process, and if we’re low in any, our body will suck calcium and other nutrients from our bones to bring our body back to an alkaline state. I had read several things about alkaline foods and noticed one thing – meat was missing. BIG TIME.
So, in case you too have decided to make the switch and drop a few of the meat items you used to eat, you might want to get a list ready for the question you will hear most often: But where do you get your protein?
This question is so funny to me because, before hearing my decision to be a vegan or pescatarian, those same people never cared about my health or well-being. Do they even know how much protein I need? Well I do. I’m supposed to get around 47 grams a day, IF I weight 130lbs, which I’m less. I actually get double that on some days with absolutely NO meat at all. It is nearly impossible not to get enough protein for your body, because it’s in everything- even potatoes and broccoli.
Here is my personal list to give you some ideas:
Less inflammation and pain
Alkaline foods (meat is acidic)
Detoxes the body
Less harm to the digestive tract
Feel better, more energy, look better
Less harm to the planet, animals, environment
Saves more money
Plant strong diets prevent all kinds of cancers
I only recently decided to re-introduce wild Alaskan sockeye salmon, sardines, or seafood into my diet, because I needed the iodine, B12 and Omega 3’s. But I only eat it about 2 times per week max, and I make sure it’s the sustainable, good for the environment kind. And as you may or may not know, there are varying degrees of veganism or vegetarians, some will eat eggs and dairy, and pescatarians will eat any seafood. So, just because someone says they are a vegan or vegetarian doesn’t mean you can put them in a box with everyone else. Everyone is different.
Plus, in conclusion, I wouldn’t eat my sweet puppy dog, so why on earth would I eat a cute baby chick, or piglet? That is just gross to me. And this is just a personal choice. My friends, family and boyfriend still eat meat and I don’t even bring the subject up to them when we go out. Because I used to eat all those same foods too before I knew what was in them and realized how they were making me feel. So, to each his own, but maybe now you have some come backs for why you don’t eat meat at every meal.
In my next post I plan on showing (in pictures), exactly what you can do even without eating any meat. It is possible to build muscle and lose inches off your waist without eating meat or dairy. I’m living proof of it.
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