If you were with me yesterday you will be aware that I had a decision to make.
Was I going to continue eating meat or not?
If you are still unsure what my decision was, I have placed a subtle clue in the title? Got it…good…now let’s continue.
So I’ve decided to become a vegetarian! Yippee! I am actually delighted with my decision and I have to give Michael Pollan a lot of credit here, because the Omnivores Dilemma really did tip the scales in favor of a plant-based diet.
So why have I decided to turn my back on 38-years of meat eating?
1. It Feels Right
‘You have to go with your gut!’
The old saying has never been more apt. Since I met my wonderful partner, who turned me onto the virtues of the liver cleanse diet, my body has never felt better.
It’s not just meat that has been missing from my diet, but I have also removed margarine, milk, sugar, any white foods such as bread, pasta and rice and all processed foods.
The results have been remarkable. I have lost a ton of weight and look much younger, and that’s my bodies way of thanking me for taking some of the pressure off my vital organs, which leads me onto the second reason I want to be a vegetarian.
2. I Want to Live Longer
I am not a biologist. I am not going to bust out a series of wonderful statistics that show you that vegetarians live longer than carnivores. I don’t even know if what I am about to say is statistically correct. In fact, I don’t care.
What matters to me is what I believe. I believe that becoming vegetarian is the right approach to take if you want to live a Lean Life. I want to live as long as humanly possible.
But we all do!
I can hear you shouting that from here. But the truth of the matter is we all think it, but how many of us actually choose to do anything about it? Come on be honest. You believe you are immortal right? You think you are going to live forever, like Galadriel.
But it doesn’t work like that.
If you want to live longer then the best way to achieve that is to look after your body and I know that this is the right approach. I believe it and therefore it is going to be true.
There is so much garbage being produced by the food companies; poisonous filth that we are choosing to eat, and choices that we are making that are slowly killing our organs.
I know it’s tough. We can’t see what’s inside our food. This is why I have chosen this third reason for wanting to become a hippy.
3. I Want to Simplify My Food Choices
I can’t beat these food companies and I really can’t be bothered reading all those labels. Living a Lean Life provides me so many wonderful things to do, and not nearly enough time to fit them all in.
So the best way to tackle this situation is to reduce my food choices. Simplify things. And what better way to do this than to just eat fruit and vegetables. Heck, when I get out of this dingy little flat and find the house of my dreams I can even grow my own stock.
I have changed the way I think about food. To me it’s a process that I need to partake in, in order to survive. It’s right up there with breathing and drinking water. The caveman didn’t have Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver to deal with, and so I don’t need them either.
But food is one of life’s little joys, Lee!
I know that, and anyone who believes that vegetarians are missing out on the scrumptiousness that omnivores sensate haven’t got a clue what they are talking about.
Food has never tasted so good since I have decided to eat a plant based diet. Processed food all taste the same. You just don’t know it because you are stuck inside the vaccuum. You need to take a step outside and peer back in. Believe me you won’t like what you see taste. It tastes of either salt or sugar. There is a blandness to everything that comes out of a packet. But fruit and vegetables give you a kick. They put the taste back into taste buds.
I can’t believe that I never made this decision earlier. I whole-heartedly apologise to my little kid sister Claire. I used to think you were a lunatic. Now I think you are such a smart arse. So this is why I also believe reason number four is so important.
4. I Want to be Role Model and an Inspiration
I want to change the world. I want to bring people to tears through my actions. I want everyone to believe that anything is possible just by witnessing the changes that I make. Me. Normal, working class me.
Kris Carr is an inspiration to me. A beautiful young woman who is diagnosed with cancer – on Valentines Day – and turns things around through positive thought and a plant based diet. She moves me to tears every time I watch one of her videos or read one of her heartfelt blog posts.
That’s where I want to be. I want to help other people find the courage to make better choices in their lives. And I want to help the children. I want to show my son that there is life after diet coke, I want to show my partner that I am going to be fit and healthy to support her as we grow older together, and I want our children to grow up believing that a plant based food diet is cool and groovy.
Finally, I want all of my clients to witness my boundless energy. I want them to see that you do not need to eat sugar, meat or drink alcohol to enjoy yourself. That there is no need for lack and that you can make changes and live a fulfilling life – a Lean Life.
There is an added bonus as well.
5. I Want to Save Money
So how am I going to save money eating a plant based diet. Surely eating healthier is more expensive than the cheap processed crap from the supermarket?
Well tune in tomorrow and I’ll put you straight on a few things.
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