cutting out meats

Food is something that has become very important to me over the years. So important that it’s actually encouraged me to go back to school.

I’ve talked about cutting meat (but not seafood) out of my diet before, and I wanted to explain why this has made me so much happier.

I actually left a novel comment on Averie’s post earlier on meat, which inspired me to write an actual post about it on my own blog 😀

My decision: I’ve never been a big beef or steak eater to begin with. If I did eat it, it was because I was stealing a bite from the hubby or this was my last option on earth to eat (ie: rarely ever happened). I did choose to eat chicken, turkey, pork tenderloin, bison and seafood.

A while back (around mid-May), I had no desire to eat chicken anymore, so I figured, ‘why eat it, if it doesn’t appeal to me?’ Right then and there, I made the decision to try and go meat-free and see how I felt.

Becoming a vegan has been a lingering thought in the back of my mind for a while now and although I still eat seafood, it is something that intrigues me, and perhaps I will one day become. Overall, I like the idea of a vegan diet, but I’m not to the point (yet) where I’m passing up foods that ‘may contain eggs’.

The ‘Serious’ factor: At first I felt that I wasn’t being taken seriously. My husband came home from work one night with a chicken stir-fry and I asked him if he was joking, thinking I was going to eat it. This was only about a week in that this happened, and I figured if I had gone a week without chicken/pork/turkey/etc, then how much longer could I go?

Well, this has turned into nearly 2 months so far, and I’m still loving it!

Note: I am not doing this as a ‘challenge’ to myself, but as a way to eat what feels right for me and feels good for my body. In no way do I encourage you to try this to ‘see how far you can go.’

Since then, my husband knows how I feel about meat and has not tried to force feed me anymore chicken! He’s actually loving the vegetarian/vegan stuff I prepare!

The changes: So far, I feel fantastic. I’ve made sure to include the right supplements so that I have the energy and nutrients I need for my body.

This may sound super tacky, but since I’ve cut out meat, my ‘fat days’ have decreased significantly. Before I would honestly have some serious self-loathing days for what I ate. Overall, not eating meats has made me more aware of what I am eating and my food choices in general. So hello to feeling better about myself!

Also, I’ve definitely lost some weight. I don’t know if it’s from cutting out meat or from eating better or from both. Either way, I’m at the weight that I wanted to be for my wedding day, that I never made it to. Not that I was disappointed at all on my wedding day, but I am just super shocked that I’m at that weight now.

Overall: I’m honestly glad that back in May chicken started grossing me out (I know this sounds weird to say). But if it hadn’t, then I would probably still be eating meat wondering why my body isn’t looking and feeling the way I want it to. I was always afraid that not eating meat would be hard to do in terms of getting protein or even finding valuable food sources!

I used to joke that vegans have nothing to eat – boy was I wrong! There are so many great food options out there and I sincerely take back that statement!

The foods: Like I said above, I’m not completely checking every ingredient to make sure there are no traces of egg or dairy, but am choosing meatless items. I don’t want to ‘limit’ myself (in a sense), then I might feel overwhelmed with trying to decide on what to eat. So…

I still enjoy bruschetta on Saturday night outings with my good friend.

Pick up great produce at the Saturday Farmer’s Market.

Put together perfect snacks for work.

And perfect snacks for…snacks.

mashed avocado with lentil chips

Make husband and sister drink-worthy smoothies (and me, of course).

acai + strawberries + cranberries + banana

Which come in a sweet glass.

Make Sunday morning fantastic vegan pancakes. It’s a given to put peanut butter and maple syrup on them, right?

I also rock a pretty mean bruise.

poor calf =(

More to come on that…


16 Comments on “cutting out meats”

  1. I was a vegetarian for 4 years before my doctor suggested I try to incorporate meat for a few months (I hadn’t been getting my period since I was a veg…Too much info??) Anyways… after 8 months of on and off incorporating meat into my diet, I’m trending back towards a meatless diet. I hate chicken, too!! So bland and gross to me. I’ve tried the meaty way and the veggie way… I’m just a bigger fan of veg 🙂

    • Ya, I know me too!! I don’t even miss meat. I mean it smells good sometimes, but overall, I enjoy the creations when I use veggies, etc instead! Thanks for sharing your story!!!

  2. Oooh No! That bruise looks horrible!

    I don’t eat red meats.. I only each chicken and turkey.. so I sound like I am where you used to be. I have been considering getting rid of meat al together wondering if it might actually help my stomach issues.

  3. Presley says:

    Ouch!!! Hope you’re okay!

    I haven’t eaten meat since March and I don’t miss it at all… I only eat seafood as well. It’s too good to give up :/

  4. Becky says:

    Hey Char
    Been reading your blogs for a bit here..! I found them so interesting and creative!!! I’ve been struggling with this whole meat thing for a while..( I should say for health reasons and Oprah’s episode broke my heart on the cruelty towards animals) Going to give it a go here and stick with salmon and chicken ( i don’t think bran would let me cut out all meat just yet since he’s lives for steak) Keep the recipes flowing!!! It’s nice to still ‘hear’ from you!!!!!

    • Thanks SO much Becky…ah I wish we were back in Kelowna!!! Yeah, Tyler definitely wouldn’t give up steak, but he’s fine with reducing the amount he’s eating and still enjoying it when we go out to eat. I hope you are doing fantastic!!!!!!

  5. I hope you’re OK! 😦

    Congrats on making the change. 🙂 I recently cut meat out of my diet- minus seafood- and did a whole post about it. It is quite a change, but I also feel great! Keep it up! 🙂

  6. What a great post! I’m really interested in learning more about vegetarianism and why people choose not to eat meat, so this was great to read 🙂
    That bruise looks sore though, i hope it heals soon!

  7. Woo hoo – 2 months! Congrats girl. When something feels right, you just gotta keep it up 🙂
    You’re recipes are great – those sweet potatoes look delish!

  8. Where’d you get the lentil chips? They sound fab!

  9. This post came at a perfect time! I was just talking to my boyfriend about cutting back on our meat intakes 🙂

  10. Rebecca says:

    Hi! I can totally relate to this post about going mostly meatless. I cut way down on my meat intake a couple of years ago after getting way too much information about meat-packing processes in my restaurant job. I do still eat seafood a couple times a week, and occassionally steal a bit of cheeseburger from my hubby, but have otherwise slipped easily into my new lifestyle. One thing that does kind of irk me, is everyone’s obsession with labels. If I choose not to have meat at a meal, they want to label me as Vegetarian and then scoff when I eat a piece of fish later. Can’t we just eat what we want without the labels??? Anyway, I enjoyed the post!

    • I totally agree cause honestly who knows…maybe in the future I WILL want a piece of this kinda meat…does that have to make me something different by doing that? No, I hope not! I just wanna eat what I enjoy and what I want at that time!

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