Roughly five months ago I made the decision to stop eating meat. I can’t really explain what brought me to this choice. I know it’s been something that’s crossed my mind for years now but last August it got to the point where I could barely look at meat in the store. I didn’t think that a cow, chicken, pig, or fish should have to sacrifice it’s life just to nourish mine. Mind you, this is NOT an article to force veganism or vegetarianism down your throat. Not at all. This is just to tell you some benefits. Here goes:
1. You’ll feel better
Yes, that’s right. If your diet switch is done properly (and by that I mean still eating proteins and possibly taking supplements), you’ll feel better, more energetic, and less fatigued. At the time, my blood pressure was up, my iron was down, and I felt sluggish all the time. By adding more plants to your diet, you get more nutrients. It’s a fact!
2. You’ll have less “bathroom issues”
Um yeah, this is a topic too many people don’t want to talk about, but here I am to talk about just that. Bathroom issues have been a severe problem for me since 2013 when my gallbladder decided to betray me and create stones. I had it removed and as I am glad that I don’t have crushing pain of gallbladder attacks anymore, with it being removed causes a whole new set of problems. Having no gallbladder completely changes your digestive system and just about any food can trigger bathroom trips. Well, since I’ve changed to a plant based diet, I’ve noticed my AHEM… bathroom trips have been more…normal. You see, the America diet is highly lacking fiber. Fiber which is found in fruits, veggies, and legumes helps make things smoother and normal…if you know what I mean. But here’s the thing, and don’t let this scare you, when you make the switch, your digestive system WILL freak out for about a week or two…gallbladder or no gallbladder. Your body isn’t used to it, but give it time to regulate and then you’ll see the difference.
3. You have a new appreciation for all life
I’ve done a lot of reading on the animals that we typically eat in America, ya know, piggies, cows, chickens… It turns out that they are amazingly intelligent creatures. Pigs have the intelligence of a three-year-old, which is incredible considering most people view them as rough, disgusting creatures. Cows have emotions almost the same as humans. They mourn lost friends or family members, they are very playful, and they grow bonds with humans as well–granted they are being treated fairly. Chickens have an incredible memory for recognizing our faces. These are intelligent, loving, playful creatures, and as I said earlier, I don’t feel that they need to sacrifice their lives to nourish mine.
So if you are considering making the switch to veganism or vegetarianism, do some research. Know what products to consume and not to consume. Now what nutrients you need and what plant based item to get them from. The farm animals and your body will thank you!
(Image from delish.com)