The real struggle of a meat-eater

In my previous post about milk I said I no longer drink animal milk and instead chose to drink other (healthier) alternatives, like coconut, almond or soya milks, although there’s many more alternatives out there.

This comes with the fact that I want to get myself healthier and more aware of what I’m actually putting into my body. The dairy is an easy thing to deal with, for me, so I don’t miss it at all. Even if I don’t find alternatives, it’s not something that upsets me. My real struggle is… meat. Yep. I know what meat is, I know where it comes from and how it gets to me, I know that consuming it brings more problems than not, but it’s been difficult.

Fresh, raw meats with some vegetables and olive oil
I no longer eat more meats than vegetables; it’s now the opposite, but the struggle is still there…

To be honest with you, I don’t eat that much meat nowadays. I used to, but not any more. There was even a time where I tried this stupid diet of just eating meat for every meal, for a week. I know, I know… A whole week of consuming nothing but meat at meal times?? And that’s nothing, as I tried another diet, consuming nothing but ice cream also for a week and at meal times. I mean, I love both so I thought it was the perfect diet.

This was years ago and I no longer do these types of stupid diets. But even though I’ve considerably reduced my meat intake, I still love it. I know it’s really, really bad to have animals killed for human consumption, I know they suffer so much, yet it’s difficult for me to stop eating meat altogether, even fish and seafood. Why is that?

Many times I went (a) whole week(s) and even a whole month without touching any form of meat (I include fish and seafood when I say meat), but then the craving kicks in. Every time I don’t eat meat I do feel less tired, less heavy and I generally sleep better and have a bit more energy, that’s true. So why is it I always have the feeling that I need to have meat, even if it’s just once a week?

Meaty and leafy heads
My struggle

This is my real struggle as a (still) meat-eater and something that I need to work on if I want to reach my health goals. It’s not an easy thing for me to give up meat completely, and I don’t know if I ever will, but I must make a bigger effort and I’m working on it.

To all people that find themselves in a similar situation as me, don’t feel too pressured to change your “diet” from night to day, unless your doctor or nutritionist tells you to based on your health. I did it gradually at some point, started by reducing the amount of meat on the plate and adding more veggies or something else, then going a whole day without eating meat… It takes, time, patience, research, information and a lot of determination and will. It won’t be perfect, there will be days where I’m / you’re going to give in and that’s normal.

As long as I / you eventually get to where I / you want to be in terms of health goals, that’s the most important thing. This is my / your path to take, no one else’s.

#theeleven11

 

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