As a child, I viewed vegetarians and vegans as inhumane. I could not imagine a world without meat, nor did I want to. Up until December 20,2015, I consumed numerous amounts of meat per day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner consisted of meat. Another problem was that I didn’t eat when I was suppose to.

Some days I felt too nauseous to eat, other days I already felt full, even without eating for that day. It was a mess; I was a mess. I couldn’t think of anyways to fix the problem because my diet was so hard to change in my perspective. However, I had realized how crappy I felt after this one day of consuming only meat for a week with only a few pieces of lettuce here and there. I felt unmotivated, embarrassingly unhealthy, and sluggish. It wasn’t until I got food poisoning that I had decided to go vegetarian.The first few days was killer. I craved meat to the point my head would hurt. But after a week and a half, I got used to meat substitutes and found the sight and smell of meat repulsive- thus beginning my journey to a meat-free lifestyle.

Two months after I took a step further and became vegan. It was probably the best decision I have ever made. I felt healthy, my skin improved, and I did not feel guilty consuming food.

Although my decision to go vegetarian/vegan was not primarily for the sake of saving animals, I now see the dangers of animal produced products and do take it into consideration. Cutting meat out of my life has opened my mind to many new aspects, and has helped me to become a more caring person.The stereotype of cutting meat out of your life is not true at all; in fact, I have bought a whole weeks worth of food for $30. I don’t know about you but beforehand my groceries would come up to around $100 because of how much choices I could choose from. Having a plant-based diet postively limited what I could buy.

If you do plan on changing to this lifestyle, be aware that people will make rude and unnecessary comments. I have been told I am basically starving myself, which is no the case. When I ate meat, my eating schedule was waaaaay off. I only ate about a meal per day. Ever since I had switched, I have been eating the proper 3 meals per day and have gained my appetite back.

In the end, it is not impossible and it is not like it is the end of the world to not consume meat or other animal products.  It has helped me to eat a healthy amount of food per day as well as help me feel better about myself and the skin I am in. I encourage that you switch to a meat-free life; you will not regret it!

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