For most of my life I have been a person that really loves to eat meat. My Mama always said I eat like a lumber jack or that I am her ‘meat and potatoes girl’ (thanks Mom). But I can see, that over time, my diet and thoughts about food have been changing. I have been reading blogs like Earthy Andy and watching documentaries like Forks Over Knives, Before the Flood, and Fat Sick and Nearly Dead and all of this just has me thinking about food differently. Thinking about how food can actually heal our bodies better than medicine when we do it right and how eating the right things has a huge positive impact on our environment while we do it.
We are conditioned to think that we need to eat meat to have adequate nutrition and that just isn’t true! I don’t think I ever really got that point until recently. Even if you are an athlete or a body builder you can achieve your physical goals while being on a plant based diet! All our lives we have been told that a glass of milk is good for you or that meat and dairy should take up a large portion of your dinner plate so of course understanding and accepting that things can be different from that will take some time. But by choosing to educate myself and digging deeper into the facts I can see that my perspective is beginning to change.
Since I have done all this exploring into a plant based diet and the positive effects it can have on your body and the environment, this year I am going to choose to opt for less meat in my diet. I am not at a point where I am ready to cut out everything completely but making a conscious effort to put something plant based into my mouth prior to any animal product will make a big difference. I want to try and fill up on things like vegetables, fruits, rice, and beans and find that I don’t really have room in my belly for the meat options. This is such a different way for me to think about my eating habits that I know it is going to take some getting used to but everyone has to start somewhere!
Have any of you adopted this mindset and way of eating yet? I am WIDE open to tips on how to get started or make a transition. Also, if you have any more resources I would love to hear about them! Here is to new changes for 2017 🙂