- Preface (What happened when I ate meat)
Several things occurred after I ate meat; stomach pains, chest pains, headaches, feeling sluggish, acne, bad period pains and a subconscious feeling that meat isn’t right for me.
I observed many times, what it feels like to live without meat, for a few days to a few weeks at a time. And I always felt great, after the first few initial days of going meat-free, I would feel a million times better. But I stupidly and repeatedly returned to feed my poor choices.
- Giving up meat for good
The past two years, I’ve struggled immensely with giving up meat. But deep down I know that it’s what I’ve needed to do for a long time.
I hadn’t accepted that reality until recently. I visited my local-supermarket to purchase some plain flour. As I walked down the aisles, I saw rows upon rows of chicken, pork, lamb and beef. Stacked up upon one another. I thought about their lives out in the wild, enjoying the world with their peers and snuggling up to one another at the end of every day.
The gut feeling returned and screamed out at me, meat is BAD for you. Now, I must say, yes I’ve seen meat in the supermarket before. Only, at that particular moment, there was no denying it. There were no rose-tinted glasses, no amount of sugar to coat over it. At that very moment, I made a monumental change in my life, I gave up meat!
- Fish Flailing behind
Prawns, I love prawns, and I know this part sounds quite hypocritical of the previous section. I believe giving up my consumption of prawns will be a more challenging feat. And I want you all to know that my way of blogging, is, to be honest, and accountable for my actions. Therefore, I’m not going to reach for a jar of muscovado sugar and sprinkle it over my text. I confess I’m going to find giving up eating fish a challenge. However, this won’t overshadow the fact that I’ve been meat-free for 18 days now.
- Alien Feeling – Family thinking it’s abnormal
The battle started and ended in my head. I was raised to eat, meat and veg for almost every meal. Whenever I consciously opted to have veg only and no meat. My thoughts intervened and advised that ‘not eating meat is STUPID! Everyone eats meat.’
Meat is an excellent source of protein.
Meat makes you big and strong.
Chicken is healthy if you’re worried about eating meat. Eat chicken instead.
Family and friends always commented:
Are you sick?
Who doesn’t eat meat?
If you don’t eat meat, you’ll make yourself ill.
You’ll starve if you only eat vegetables.
Have just a bit of meat, you’ll feel much better afterwards.
In my head, that was only a fraction of the battle. Peer pressure was all around me, gnawing at my fingertips. Leaving traces of BBQ chicken, curry goat and roast lamb in their wake. The aroma was calling out to me, telling me everything will be okay.
Like I mentioned above, I used to give in. I used to gorge on plate upon plate of meat-based meals. For a moment, a very nano-sized moment, they brought a smile to my face. Once my meal was over, those negative thoughts plagued my mind, and the physical pain consumed me once more.
- Almost dairy Free
Today, I can confidently say I’m happier, healthier and honest with myself.
I was once someone that drank the weight of my head in hot-chocolate, made with cows milk. Today, I’m a proud connoisseur of oat milk infused hot-chocolate. I have sunflower spread in my fridge. I use soya milk for when I fancy making dumplings and although, I still eat egg from time to time. I’m trying out egg alternatives for when I bake cakes.
Cows milk is for baby cows, plant-based milk is for the rest of us to consume and be merry.
- Opportunities – Vegan Caribbean delights
I love Caribbean cusine and I’m excited about experiencing all the vegetarian/vegan delights that the islands have to teach me.
- Our Universe
Although I’ve always felt connected to our universe, I feel even more connected since going meat-free.
I genuinely believe in our universe, our world and life here on earth. I trust that although I’m only one person, many others will follow and help to build a more healthier, greener and plentiful world. Where we all will eat from the roots of mother earth and accept the fruits and vegetables that she bares for us.
We all know that tomorrow is never guaranteed for any heart that beats. However, we can choose to leave a better Earth, for all those that follow after us.