Yes, I am still alive and well. No, my decision to give up meat did not claim my life. It has been more than a week since I decided to give up meat. This started as an experiment to see if I was capable of doing it. Since starting this trial run, I have decided to make it a permanent thing. My body feels great after deciding to not stuff my gaping maw with meat.
My original diet was making me feel bloated, and I definitely felt it during my yoga practice. I felt stiff, like something was in my way from feeling comfort while doing the asanas. When I attended my Ashtanga yoga class after a week of no meat, I definitely felt a difference. I still can’t touch my toes, but I am getting closer to reaching that flexibility I want. I don’t feel the discomfort I used to feel before I started this meat-free diet. Aside from the ease I feel in doing the asanas, my little belly is starting to slim down a bit. I feel great on the outside and on the inside.
The only thing left is to start preparing alternatives to meat. I already started by replacing my sides of meat for dinner with quinoa, which is famous for being rich in protein, but I cannot subsist on quinoa alone. I need to diversify my diet. Eating should be a joyous activity, an opportunity to experiment and surprise yourself with different flavors. No one should feel bored with eating. The game plan is to try other things like kale, tofu, mushrooms, eggplant, jackfruit, etc. It is going to be a learning experience because cooking is not my forte, but I made it this far. I just bought some kale today. I am going to put one foot in front of the other.