Lately, Charming and I have been exploring a pretty big change on the food front.
I used to be a vegetarian. It was the healthiest I had ever been, but I broke the cycle after college when my environment change. Social outings seemed to revolve around a table, and most of my house mates didn’t share my taste in food. So I bent the rules a little… then a lot. Though I never drifted too far back into red meat, I now find chicken and fish have become a primary staple in my diet.
I like the taste, but my body doesn’t take well to today’s meat and grease, and as I get older I realize I can’t ignore that fact forever.
So I’ve been leaning toward a vegetarian diet yet again. An itch that’s only been fed by Charming’s newly found interest in organic fruits and vegetables. Lately, we’ve been watching a lot of food documentaries that will scare the carnivore right out of you.
I am a firm believe in the unity of body, spirit, mind, and nature. We aren’t machines. Our overall health is influenced by the balance between the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of our lives. Don’t believe me? Do some research. You will find medical journals, spiritual leaders, and science agree that all of these elements play a role in our health.
So what’s it take to make a change? For me, it seems to be an entire lifestyle. My days differ morning to morning. Sometimes I’m off in the evenings. Sometimes I don’t get home until 10pm at night. Sometimes I’m stuck in one place. Sometimes I’m on the move all day. And if you’re a writer, you know when the itch strikes you can be in front of a computer until 5am in the morning.
I knew if I was going to make a transition, I was going to have to change a lot. It started with the little things, like choosing an apple over brownies, or a fresh veggie sandwich over a microwavable lunch. Now I’m researching and compiling recipes to try out. If I like them, they go into a veggie cookbook. I’m also trying to plan more meals ahead. It may take more time, but the result is worth it.
I feel less sluggish and more focused. Lighter. More energetic. And Charming… well, he’s kind of the poster boy of healthy, anyway. I’m just lucky he’s not a meat buff like a lot of men!
What about you guys? Are you a vegetarian? Vegan? Herbivore? Omnivore? Carnivore? (Okay, you get the point).
Do you feel your diet influences the way you feel?