A few weeks ago, I decided to cut down on eating meat. At that point, I was basically eating meat every single day. I had been thinking about cutting down for quite a while, but I never did. Up until now. One day I announced that I was going to eat less meat and since then I have cut out 90% of meat out of my diet.
I haven’t completely stopped eating meat. I still eat chicken sometimes and fish aren’t safe from ending up on my plate either. But I have mostly stopped eating red meat, although sometimes I still crave my mother’s meatballs. Apart from that, the transition hasn’t been hard at all. Some people argue that they need meat every day otherwise they feel like their meal wasn’t complete, but I disagree. There are plenty of options to replace meat with and with some you can’t even tell the difference between real meat and replacements.
I mainly made this decision for health reasons. I strongly dislike all the meddling done with meat. Yes, I know, when I eat chocolates I stuff my body with artificial flavours as well, but that is candy. When I eat my dinner I want it to be reasonably healthy. Pure maybe. And that is very hard in today’s world with 99% of the food we buy being altered in some way or another. Secondly, I knew that it wasn’t necessary for me to eat that much meat so I stopped. It might not help the meat industry, but I can at least look a cow in the eye and not feel guilty. That is something!
Has it changed anything? Yes it has. When I still ate meat every single day, I was tired a lot during the day. Now, not so much anymore. I have more energy and don’t need to take as many naps during the day. I still take a lot of naps though because that’s my favourite activity ever. You can’t take all the fun out of life.
I have not experienced any downsides to eating less meat. Of course, I am not a complete vegetarian so I will get all the good stuff that’s in meat, just not excessively. Too much of anything is not good for you.
So, for now, I will continue to eat less meat. Maybe I will go full on vegetarian one day. Maybe I will eat more meat again. I doubt the latter though, as I think I am doing better now than I did before physically and mentally. So if you’re thinking about cutting down on meat, I suggest you try it. It might be worth it for you as it was for me.
Do you still eat a lot of meat or don’t you? Let me know!