Some of you already knew I gave up meat for 2016. The last piece of meat I had was at watch night service when my church catered Chick-fil-A. This was on December 31, 2015. When I gave up meat for the 2016 year, my entire life had changed I physically felt better.
Flashback to 2015, I think that year was the year where I ate the most meat in my life. Around Thanksgiving and Christmas time, I was not only eating tons of meaty meals, but I was eating a lot of sweets as well. With weight gain, lack of energy, some of my pants not fitting, and just not feeling good made me want to change my eating habits. I decided that on January 2016, I was going to go cold turkey and stop eating meat.
January 2016, I wanted to restrict myself by giving up meat and I decided to do the vegan diet and cut out animal products. I saw a major difference in my body and it was struggle at first. My body still craved meat and the first three days was so hard. Like straight war was going on in my body. I had headaches and I was having severe cravings. I didn't eat a little meat and then stop, I completely gave up meat. (Still in this month of January 2016) I started loading up on veggies, beans, and fruits. During this month, I wish I was watching more youtube videos because there's such a plethora of amazing vegan meals/meal preps on there. --- In the ending of January 2016, I remember being at a friend's housewarming and she had Chick-Fil-A cater. Although I wanted some chicken nuggets, I said to myself, "February is coming soon and you can start back eating meat again." I immeadietly heard in my spirit, "If you can do a food challenge in January for yourself, you can do a fasting in February for me." I was like what? God revealed to me that I could go another month without something I once loved, and I did.
Fastfoward to February 2016 ----February was yet another month without meat and I decided to keep up the vegan diet for the first two weeks. Going into the third week of February 2016, I started eating eggs. I love scrambled eggs so much. I considered Febraury my transitioning from vegan to vegetarian month because I loved eating scrambled eggs (with onions, bellpepers, spinach, mushrooms, etc). I don't drink milk, so that wasn't a struggle. I prefer almond milk. I do believe that I had icecream this month, but I remember getting an icecream that was vegan (without milk). The icecream was this Soydelicious product and honestly the icecream was horrible. I think it wasn't good either because it was sugarfree too. Nevertheless, February was a month of spiritual growth as well and I finally started to become comfortable in my new lifestyle change.
Going into March 2016, I decided that the vegetarian lifestyle was nice, but I really wanted to eat some seafood. I love crablegs, shrimps, and fish. I decided to incoporate fish back into my diet during this month and I didn't feel weird at all. I was able to make salmon salads again, enjoy crab boils with my mother again (minus the sausage), and other things I once loved. I remember going to Savannah during this month too and I was so happy that I started back eating seafood. If you've ever been to Savannah, Georgia, you already know the seafood is AMAZING there! This month I finally proclaimed that I was a pescatarian. Some people say that seafood is still meat, some people argue that it's not. If you want to do more research, Google it. One of the ways that people classify meat is meat being only of land mammals. Go figure. Nevertheless, when I refer to meat (mammals), I'm usually talking about chicken, pork, beef, deer, goat, lamb, ox, and turkey.
For the rest of the year, April 2016- December 2016, it wasn't hard after the three months I established that I wasn't going to eat meat/mammals - (chicken, pork, beef, deer, goat, lamb, ox, turkey, and things of that nature). I went through this entire year regaining my energy back, feeling positive daily, and staying a comfortable weight size. I've heard a few people say that 2016 wasn't a good year, but when it came to my physical health and happiness, 2016 was my best year in my adult life. I know that 2017 is going to be even better.
Will I ever eat meat/mammals again? I have no clue. Will I continue to eat seafood, probably so. I have much more blogs that are coming this year and I hope this blog inspired you in some manner.
God bless and may you experience much peace this week.
Lover of Christ