Rachel has been a vegetarian for three years. She is passionate about empowering and educating others to take control of their well-being.
Positive Physical Changes
My decision to stop eating meat stemmed largely from physical changes that I hoped to see take place in my body—at least at first. The journey ended up being much deeper than that, revealing unexpected transformation at every turn.
First and foremost, I wanted to eat "better" as part of a plan to lose weight and become more active. Secondly, I had other health issues—including stomachaches and migraines—that I was more than ready to be rid of. Having tried nearly every quick-fix and diet trick known to man, I was ready to give the vegetarian lifestyle a shot.
After six weeks of a meatless diet, I virtually eliminated stomachaches from my life. I continue to have zero digestive difficulties to speak of.
After three months of a meatless diet, my migraine frequency was reduced from six-eight per month to one per month.
My face cleared up and I experience minimal blemishes and breakouts. The amount of oil on my face and scalp has been drastically reduced. I no longer feel compelled to wash my hair every day to prevent it from looking "greasy."
I have more energy and my sleep quality has improved significantly. I am able to fall asleep faster and stay soundly asleep. I have less trouble getting up in the morning, too, which enables me to work out in the morning rather than the evening.
My Decision to Stop Eating Meat
Since I left meat behind and started eating a plant-based diet, I can feel the weight of negative energy disappearing. I have a more positive outlook on my future, and I find ways to change things I don't like, rather than just complain about them.
I've been able to regain mental clarity, and start to restructure the "bigger picture" that is my life. I've settled into the proper headspace to begin writing again, too. A passion that I left behind when I let life's obstacles and undue drama dominate my decisions and harm my energy.
Humans Aren't Designed to Eat Meat
An examination of human anatomy and physiology paints a very clear picture-- we are not designed to eat meat. Despite widespread misconception to the contrary, meat was never the epitome of ideal human nutrition. Outdated depictions of our ancestors portray "cavemen" as carnivorous brutes, when in reality, our ancestors got most of their nutrition from gathered fruits and nuts. Successful kills of big mammals did not occur daily, meaning large-scale meat consumption was actually a rarity.
The Deeper Transformation
The effects of eliminating meat from my diet were more expansive than I could have ever imagined. The improvements manifested in unexpected ways, reaching far beyond my physical well-being.
Since I stopped eating meat, I developed a more positive outlook on life and a healthier self-image. More tangibly, I left my career field and landed an awesome, flexible job where I'm making more money and enjoying my time. I got rid of an old, lackluster vehicle that I hated and bought myself a luxury sports car that I'm proud to drive. My personal relationships are thriving and I've developed the emotional intelligence and fortitude to eliminate toxic people from my life.
A Quick Look at the Evidence
- Humans have short fingernails and dull canine teeth. True carnivores have sharp claws and canine teeth for tearing through flesh and hide. Additionally, carnivores’ jaws only move up and down. Humans can move their jaws up and down and from side to side, allowing us to grind up fruit and vegetables with our back teeth (like herbivores).
- Carnivores have short intestinal tracts that allow meat to pass quickly through their digestive system. Our intestinal tracts are much longer, giving the body more time to break down fiber and absorb the nutrients from plant-based foods.
- Humans have weak stomach acids, which prevent us from breaking down the bacteria in raw meat. Thus, the reason why we always have to cook meat before consumption.
- Carnivorous animals in the wild virtually never develop heart disease or suffer from strokes. Humans can suffer an increased risk of developing these issues due to the saturated fat and cholesterol found in meat.
- Throughout most of human history, we were largely vegetarian. The addition of small amounts of meat came only with the discovery of fire, which allowed us to lower the risk of being killed by parasites and bacteria. Even still, we were not completely turned into carnivores. This new dietary trend merely allowed early humans to survive during periods of plant scarcity.
Source: PETA, "Are Humans Supposed to Eat Meat?" https://www.peta.org/features/are-humans-supposed-to-eat-meat
But How Will I Get My Protein?
One of the biggest worries that people have about giving up meat (besides missing the taste) is not getting enough protein. There are many high protein, non-meat foods to choose from:
- Cottage cheese
- Pumpkin seeds
- Soy milk
- Greek yogurt
- Peanut butter
Of course, you can also add a supplemental protein powder to ensure that you're getting enough protein. I recommend a low carb, whey protein powder-- especially for those vegetarians who are interested in losing weight or sustaining weight loss. One of my favorites is Legion Whey protein powder. It's low carb, low calorie, and the whey is sourced from grass fed cows. It's available in 6 different flavors, but I like Chocolate Peanut Butter!
Everything is Energy
One of the most interesting aspects of my journey that I'd like to bring attention to is the change in energy that I experienced. Think about this:
In today's America, where corporate greed and consumer desire is boundless, the conditions in which animals are kept are shocking and deplorable. Such large numbers of animals are housed together that they often trample and crush one another. They're fed chemicals and hormones designed to make them grow bigger and faster to meet ever-increasing consumer demand. Sometimes, they grow so big, so quickly, that they can not even support their own weight to stand and walk. They spend their short lives sitting in their own waste, unable to move.
In the last moments of an animal's life, it is subjected to an assembly line of murder. The last thing it hears are the screams of its fellow animals. The last feeling it experiences is sheer terror.
Quantum physicists discovered that physical atoms are made up of constantly vibrating vortices of energy. In simpler terms, every physical thing that we consider to be "real" is actually just a being of energy, radiating its own unique energy signature.
With that in mind, imagine the type of energy that an animal experience in its last moments of life. To say that the energy is negative is an understatement! That energy is brought into your body every time you consume meat products.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2018 Rachel Leigh
Cecil Kenmill from Osaka, Japan on August 29, 2018:
I'm nearly vegetarian. The only reason I haven't gone all the way is because I live in Japan. It's harder here than you'd think but things are slowly changing. Since I added lots of plants to my diet, I've noticed I'm much healthier. I wish I knew about this years ago.
Janisa from Earth on August 26, 2018:
I'd also like to add that being vegetarian (or at least avoiding meat) when traveling to less developed countries is a good idea since it will help you avoid getting food poisoning. Observing street vendors and small restaurant employees has convinced me that ingredients aren't stored very well and things that one would normally keep in the fridge (meat, burgers, milk, cheese, eggs) are often left out in the open. A lot of this food is fairly cheap as well and in order for the vendors to be making a profit, they need to buy their ingredients for cheap as well.... which probably means that the quality isn't very good.