If a meal doesn’t include meat, it’s not a meal.
It’s a snack.
That was my old mindset.
When I was deciding what to eat for any given meal, the first consideration was always which meat I was going to eat. Everything else came second.
Then I changed, and now I eat a vegan diet 99% of the time, but I doubt I’ll ever call myself a “vegan.” Before I get to why that is, let me explain how this all happened…
How does a ravenous carnivore turn into plant-munching vegan?
There was no big epiphany or aha moment.
It happened slowly, over the course of the last year. In fact, you can see the transition in my blog archives and my Instagram feed.
You used to see posts like this…
Which have been replaced by posts like this…
So how did it happen?
A year or so ago I decided I wasn’t eating enough vegetables on a daily basis and started eating a wholesome mix of veggies each day.
It didn’t take too long before I started feeling better than I had previously. I had more energy and felt like my immune system was stronger.
Eventually, I started eating less meat without giving it too much thought because I was eating more salads and other veggies.
However, around this time I started seeing more and more information about the benefits of a vegan diet.
When it comes to certain things, like eating meat, for example, I’m pretty stubborn. Unless I’m presented with strong evidence, I’m not going to change my mind.
Well… the evidence for a plant-based diet being more effective for health is pretty clear. Plus, the conditions of factory farms are disgusting.
I don’t think eating meat is morally wrong.
One of the core principles of veganism, the cult, is how terrible it is to kill another animal and eat it.
That’s a matter of opinion.
You might think it’s bad, but I don’t think it’s good or bad. It’s just the law of the jungle.
Animals eat other animals. Not all animals eat other animals, but some do. All things considered, it has worked out pretty well for us as omnivores.
My “moral” issue is with the way animals are mass-produced. It’s one thing to eat an animal, and it’s another thing to pump them full of hormones, and other drugs and torture them for their short, miserable lives.
I’m not a “vegan.”
I often tell people I eat a “vegan” diet because it’s easier than trying to explain the diet I eat — since it’s 99% vegan anyway.
But I’m not a vegan and don’t want to be.
For one, I just don’t care to be part of any club or special group. Then the other major problem is that I’m still going to eat meat on rare occasions.
I’ll just get my meat from local Amish farmers. If you have an Amish farm near where you live you can go out and visit it for yourself.
The meat is a lot pricier than any grocery store, but it’s worth it for the quality, taste, and ethical aspects.
Vegans are morally opposed to eating meat, so there is no ethical way to kill/eat an animal in their opinion.
That said, I don’t plan to eat meat outside of holidays and other rare occasions.
I actually enjoy a plant-based diet more than my old diet.
I originally cut all meat out of my diet as an experiment. I thought I would just test it out for a month and maybe share the results with you.
What I didn’t expect was that I was going to enjoy the diet and that it really would make a noticeable difference in my day-to-day life.
I can honestly say I can’t remember the last time I’ve had such consistent energy levels throughout the day.
The biggest difference is that I consistently feel energized, my digestion is flawless, and my performance in the gym has improved. (That’s probably because I’m eating significantly more carbs now.)
So far, I’m surprised to report that a plant-based diet is going very well. At this point, I can’t imagine not eating a diet that’s mostly plant-based.
Since this is all new to me, I’m going to be sharing a lot of it with you as I go.
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