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I started this adventure on 11/27 and committed with Melissabelle to remain meat free for 21 days. We picked 21 days because it takes that many days to make/break a habit. And when you think about it it’s ONLY 3 weeks vs saying a month.
Now I must admit that it was probably going to be easier for me to be meat free since I only eat meat once per day with rare occasions of meat at lunch or breakfast.
My daughter has been meat free for 5 years so I also wanted to walk a mile in her shoes along with supporting Melissabelle.
However I did learn a few things in these 21 days. I am on a 21 day challenge with our group on sparkpeople.com and the challenge I’m in the middle of there is to eat more fruits and veggies.
So I learned how to find other sources of protien since I have to have some with every meal and snack.
I also learned how much carbs I was actually taking in and not enough fruits n veggies.
I actually FEEL better without eating meat.
Some things seem to be more regular.
I am sleeping better at night.
I have less heartburn and haven’t had a pepcid AC in days (normally a daily thing).
I also have noticed that I don’t crave any meat. ( I don’t and never will eat fish or seafood).
I can actually be creative with food if needed. There were some nights the family was going meatless with me. Since I didn’t restrict them it wasn’t a big deal to have toasted cheez raviloi and marinara vs meaty mostocolli.
Now tomorrow is the BIG day.... will I or won’t I eat meat? I don’t know! I do know now that it’s not really a big deal to go without.
My next challenge AFTER the holidays is to cut down on gluten......



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      Lazylola wrote Dec 17, 2009
    • Sounds very doable, especially once you make a commitment. I give you kudos for taking on this meatless challenge...and the results speak for themselves! Congrats!!



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      Zena Coleman wrote Dec 17, 2009
    • that sounds good,congratulations.did it help you lose weight? (not that you needed to) I’m suppose to watch my carbs but don’t know if I can go completely meatless.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 19, 2009
    • Thanks Mellisabelle and Vikki for this adventure. I decided to extend it a little for myself and it’s now Saturday and I’m still not eating meat. I love fish so I don’t know if or when I’ll even eat meat again. I guess I’ll have some if I really want it but so far, no problem.

      Vikki, I’ll go the reduced gluten route with you if you‘re in the mood for some company with it.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Dec 20, 2009
    • Cyn sparkpeople have gluten free recipes so I will be relying on SP to help me thru. I will be ready to start after the first.



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      Marya1961 wrote Dec 20, 2009
    • Congrats to you all!..going meat-free can be tough as I have learned (only eat fish..turkey/chicken on occasion) but it is well worth it..and you will also feel better when you switch off to gluten free as much as possible.estaticestatic



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      UK Girl wrote Jan 25, 2010
    • Okay – Miss Vicki has been almost a veggie for years – I do have the odd steak or meat balls or Bolognese but I'm the one who opts for chicken or fish – over the last two weeks we have had a guest and I have cooked a big meal every night – because I thought it's cold and also my guest is a big meat eater – so we have all eaten together.
      OMG since Thursday I have been ill and Sunday very ill – so ill I had the doctor out and I thought I had food poisoning. No it was toxic overload due to the amount of meat I had eaten – my body was just freaking out and wasn't digesting it. I have a huge rash across my chest and back and my back is bad which is always a barometer of my health – apparently the rash is internal toxins pushing out.
      So meat is now off the menu and it's back to pure veggie diet and my lentils and beans – I'm also cooking separate meals so meat for one and veggie for two .........
      I'm still not 100% and the doctor reckons another week before I'm back to warp speed – I feel so crappy I have cancelled a night out to an industry function – which is so not me but I haven't the strength .......... so my new frock is back in the wardrobe for another date.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jan 25, 2010
    • Vicki I am so sorry you went thru this. Thanks for sharing tho maybe it will help us to see what too much meat can do to a body.

      I pretty much have my hubz on board about trying gluten free and also trying to have more meatless meals. Feb 1st is my target start date....



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