Vegetarian or not...or is that it? Flexitarian!
So one the one hand it is so easy for us to see the 100% benefit of a plant based diet. 100%. I love it and I love the way I feel when I eat only plant based food. Although, that isn't always easy. At the office when someone offers to buy everyone lunch and they go with chicken and beef Kabobs from Zoey's or a vendor brings in a tray of breakfast tacos but they all have eggs and sausage. I struggle. I'm hungry for one and I do like the way it tastes. It is so easy for me to say no to sugar, soda, junk food etc. because I have always thought of it as bad food and not anything remotely close to what I would want fueling my body. However meat is harder to break up with. Here in Texas it's everywhere and its been a source of much needed "protein" I was conditioned to believe in my family. What I am trying to say is, it's hard and I decided that it isn't for everyone. BUT being healthy is....for me and if you're reading this, I bet it is for you too. So what do we do. I came up with something great and I have been trying it for a couple months now so I am ready to share it with you full heartedly.
-Vegetarian week days. (5 days no meat only plant based foods)
-Weekends (2 days) meat
This is working so well for me because A. If I see something i want to eat I know I will allow myself to have it 2 days a week, so i don't feel guilty breaking a no meat streak. B. If someone brings something in the office and it has meat I can choose to let that be 1 of my 2 days. C. I hardly ever want to use my 2 days but if I do I am not down on myself, I give myself 2 days and move on!
The problem: I think there is a stigma around labeling the way we eat.
Vegetarian - No meat
Vegan - No meat, dairy, anything living besides plants.
Pescaterian - Only fish in terms of meat.
For me, I am just trying to make healthy choices. Health is not only physical but mental, and I am a firm believer in the "everything in moderation" thought process.
Since graduating from college I found that most of my drinking was on the weekends. So I kept that up, I only drink alcohol on Friday - Sunday. Occasionally I'll have a glass of wine on a week day but its rare and I am not hard on myself. I think its fine, you should enjoy yourself. The main goal is to be happy with you, and make those decisions for yourself. Be mindful of what you are doing and how it impacts your health. Work to break bad habits, set new ones and be motivated to continue to live your best life. Cutting out meat isn't for everyone. It's not for me I've learned, but choosing healthy meat for those days when I do eat it is.
At the end of the day all you really have is your health and you have to take ownership of that and live with the decisions you make for your future.
Whether you are Vegetarian, Vegan, Pescaterian or all of the above sometimes. Just find a path that works for you and try everyday to make choices that will make you the happiest in the end. We are what we eat and it has a huge impact on our mental health as well as our physical health. Just keep that in mind. Make healthy choices and don't be too hard on yourself. It is always a journey.