For a long while, I’ve teetered on the edge of becoming a vegetarian. There was a time in my teens that I gave up all meat but fish & chicken. I’ve always found my reasons not to do it…none of them valid. I’ve consumed less & less meat over the past couple of years & even less in the past month. I’ve recently discovered that eliminating dairy from my diet has caused a great deal of my stomach discomfort to disappear. I can eat raw broccoli again with no pain. ( I love broccoli.)
So…this weekend, I watched “Forks over Knives”. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It is eye opening to say the least. I must admit that none of it was unexpected, but the correlation between illnesses & animal products is insane. To think that one might prevent cancer by avoiding animal products is amazing. I have the power to keep my body healthy by what I consume.
The conclusion I have come to is this…I will choose to put healthy food into my body. I may consume meat on special occasions, such as Thanksgiving, but as far as the rest of the year goes…I declare that I will not be a meat eater. For now, I will allow myself eggs & very limited dairy. We shall see how it goes. I’m not sure that I’m prepared to call myself a vegetarian. I don’t think it’s quite fair to those who truly are, but I will refer to myself as a 364 vegetarian.