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✌🏼️Dreamer & Maker. Living an artful life. | Art teachering in TX

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My Journey to becoming vegetarian.


It's been almost 3 months since I made the decision to stop eating meat. To be honest it started with a weeklong vegan cleanse, suggested by my nutritionist, to help me sort out some issues I was having. I preplanned everything and did my research before jumping in, especially when it came to finding recipes that I could enjoy and actually make in the time allotment I had. Thank goodness for the Minimalist Baker recipes. They are amazing, easy to make and did I mention freaking delicious?!




During that same week, I started to read articles about reducing my carbon footprint, and something that really stood out to me was that the carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover's diet. FIFTY PERCENT.  WOW. Simply, by just giving up meat. At the end of my week, I felt amazing, and decided to officially give up meat, and cut back on the dairy as much as possible.



So how is the journey going? Pretty great, in fact, I don't miss meat. I really thought I'd have a hard time, especially when it came to bacon, or brisket, but, with some help in the kitchen, and some creativity, I'm able to enjoy foods with jackfruit, tofu, and my new favorite kitchen staple, Gardein products (The Ultimate Beefless Ground is my #1, makes the best spaghetti!). I even learned how to whip up some delicious Tofu, following the Minimalist Bakers how-to.


A couple of friends have since asked me why I'm sticking to being a vegetarian, and here is my list of 5 top reasons why. 

1. Reduce my Carbon Footprint. (It's a no brainer, I'm really trying to green up my life, and just find little ways to do my part to help in any way I can, and to be honest, this could be in the form of a variety of things.)

2. Support the compassion for animals. No one has to stop eating meat, I'm just personally choosing to stop in a way of supporting the compassion for animals.

3. Reduce heart disease. This diet can be lower in saturated fat, and cholesterol, and vegetarians can have a 24% lower risk of dying of heart disease. 

4. Waste less food and save money. Since becoming a vegetarian, my grocery bill has been slashed in half, and I no longer have food spoiling in the fridge. It's been an incredible win-win. 

5. Avoid toxic food contaminants. According to downtoearth.org, "Flesh foods can harbor contaminants such as hormones, herbicides and pesticides, and antibiotics. As these toxins are all fat-soluble, they concentrate in the fatty flesh of the animals. Not to mention the viruses, bacteria and parasites such as salmonella, trichinella and other worms, and toxoplasmosis parasites."

This is my personal journey, and not intended as a push on anyone, but if you have any questions or even recipes you'd like to share with me, please let me know! Even going meatless once a week can do wonders for the earth, I hope you try it and I hope you like it! 




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