Vegetarian for a Month

One month, 30 days, 720 hours a Vegetarian.

This is the way I always viewed vegetarians: "Why would they ever want to live a life like this? No meat? No chicken?! No hamburgers?! Where’s the fun in eating? There’s no need for that, it’s just protein so we need meat right?  Of course we do!” But like everything we consume, balance is the key and nothing is being over consumed quite like protein. 

No meat and no chicken for a month, but why?! Quite, simply because I need to.  While I seem overly optimistic right now, I just don’t know how I'm going to be one week or even two weeks from now.  Thinking about it now, maybe I should’ve gone with "Vegetarian for one week” instead, but in truth that is not even enough.  Of course I can go for a week, but a month is actually what is necessary since it actually takes at least a month for all the meat toxins to exit my body. 

Proteinaholics?  
This book brought to my attention the so many things that I didn’t even bother to know before.  Proteinaholic, how our obsession with meat is killing us and what we can do about it, is a must read for so many reasons.  I am not easy to brainwash, so don’t think for a moment this one book did it, it simply built into how I was already beginning to feel.  This book basically states we are eating way too much animal protein and causing the many ailments we experience daily.  Protein is everywhere and we falsely believe that it is good for gaining weight and for losing weight. It’s the miracle food right?!  How amazing is that?  Not only is this not true, at least it’s not good for losing weight, it's actually causing us to get sick. We live in a world of denial and believe only what we want to believe, no matter of what evidence is placed in front of us. Denialism is strong.

WHO Study finds bacon causes cancer.  As if I needed anything else to make up my mind, this comes up.  The World Health Organization has determined processed meats increases the risk for cancer, however the direct link may not be as big as we think.  There are many other things that "could" cause cancer but it still shows me reducing meat might not be such a bad idea.  Susan Gapstur of the American Cancer Society says the society recommends "consuming a healthy diet with an emphasis on plant foods and limiting consumption of processed meat and red meat."

What now?  
Eating a life with meat protein is something that I held to be part of my human right.  It’s there, it tastes good, then why not eat it?  There’s so many reasons, like the ones I just mentioned, but mostly it’s a personal matter.  This is not for fun, but rather a matter of health and I need to improve mine.


Migraines, fatigue, fogginess, unmotivated with intestinal problems.  While I was beginning to hear so many people complain of much worse than this, I was already beginning to add to my own list of ailments.  In my 20s I enjoyed complete and utter diet bliss.  No worries of gaining weight, no worries of any kind of heart disease or diabetes or cholesterol.  I was living in the fast lane and eating whatever my heart desired was just part of the fun.  I thought I was healthy because I was thin. Except I wasn't. Migraines were frequent and fatigue and fogginess daily.  I hated the way I felt all the time!  Things just got worse and worse and now on my thirties, I am definitely feeling the burn.  I am headed to a downhill spiral of illness that I am not prepared to live.  

This is my evidence. Me. I don’t need anyone telling me how I feel or should feel or may feel if I don’t feel it.  I am my own case study and guinea pig and I will do what I can to make myself feel better. This is not for everyone, or anyone, this is for me.  This is something I’ve always wanted to try and if I can feel the difference, then it will definitely be worth it! 

It’s not a question of will I benefit from it, but how much.  I want to know how I will feel 30 days from now after I have devoid my body from all the meat hormones and pesticides found in the feed they eat.  I want to know how my body and mind will respond to me after I have done this.  Will I notice a difference and most importantly, will I make this change for good.

It begins... 
NO RED MEAT, NO CHICKEN NO PORK. 
Yes to eggs, milk and cheese. Yay! I said vegetarian, not vegan.  Vegans do not eat ANY animal product or any animal-derived products, but vegetarians do.  The vegan lifestyle is more hardcore and is one I don’t think I ever want to try (unless I absolutely had to for heath reasons) let alone live, however, all my respect to those who do.  I will be documenting my life as I go about the weeks.  I will be as honest as I can and see how easy this lifestyle is to attain and if it is even worth it.  At this point I know nothing, other than it’s what is best for the human body.  I know the dangers of a meat diet and I want to see not only if but how much better I will feel afterwards.

Wish me luck.  I know I’m going to need it!!!!

UPDATE 11/13/15
Two weeks in and I'm beginning to feel the burn. The struggle is real. I can see hamburge commercials and my mind wonders or rather remembers how good it tasted. I knew this was going be the struggle I was going to face.  The insatiable fast food chains rubbing their meat all over my face every day. I need to retrain my brain to see meat and not have this automatic response of "yum". If I can do this, I will be in the safe zone.  This will be easier said than done because hamburger chains don't want to lose a customer.

UPDATE: 11/28/15
Having just survived Thanksgiving without Turkey has been easier than I thought. There were plenty of other foods and I enjoyed every one of them. This is making me continue to think my decision should be permanent. To cut meat from my life has been challenging but definitely worth it. Along with other foods decisions like more water and veggies I'm beginning to feel a difference. I'm almost done with the 30 days and the less I crave any meat at all. 

Lorena Frith

Lifestyle Photographer in the Houston, Tx area.

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