The decision to go vegetarian…
Let me start by saying I am only sharing my experience, and in no way am I trying to pursuede or insult anyone who sees differently on this topic!
My journey to this lifestyle started on April 25th of 2016. It has been almost a year, but weirdly enough it feels as if I have been vegetarian my entire life. The night before was the last time I decided to eat meat. I will never forget my last meal–I was at FlatTop Grill in Evanston with one of my girls Chloe. We ordered chicken potstickers as an appetizer. We got to talking and both thought, “why are we eating these?”
Before I officially changed my habits, for a long while, every time I would eat any type of meat I started to feel sick. It actually got to the point where as I was chewing my food, I’d think about how what I just put in my mouth was once a living creature…Obviously it was hard for me to swallow–literally.
It started to get to my head a lot, and that was when I decided to dig deeper.
I started to educate myself on what actually goes on…and it was scary. I couldn’t believe how unaware I was for my entire life. Still today, so much of the world is unaware. I had done a lot of research on factory farms; what really goes on there. For those of you who have not heard of what factory farms are, this is essentially what goes on…
“Animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds and stuffed into wire cages, metal crates, and other torturous devices. These animals will never raise their families, root around in the soil, build nests, or do anything that is natural and important to them. Most won’t even feel the warmth of the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they’re loaded onto trucks headed for slaughterhouses.” PETA.ORG
Other than factory farms, I looked into false labeling at grocery stores; what “free-range” and “cage-free” means. Which I am not even going to get into…
So I ended up writing a very detailed research paper on this topic. That alone really helped me get to the point of where I am at today–and what I stand for. It is crazy how the information you read can completely change your perspective on everything.
Since this lifestyle change, I have noticed so many improvements in my body, as well as my mindset. I lost about ten pounds, just from changing my diet alone. Yes, without having a consistent work out routine! I feel like I have so much more energy, and in general am more happy overall.
I have also noticed changes with my skin. It has never been more clear, and feels better than it ever has. Of course using natural, cruelty-free products plays into that as well.
But saying all of this, I feel that I have gotten to know myself more. I am more confident in myself, and have a better understanding of the world, and my surroundings. I hope that you all can say that you feel that same. 🙂
If you want to look more into this topic, check out this wonderful organization that supports animal rights (linked below).