When members are curious or on the fence about a health trend, I usually (barring any risks) recommend they try it out for a week and track how it works for them. Last month I decided to practice what I preach and tested out a Miracle Morning routine, and it went great! This month I decided to give myself another challenge: to try a vegetarian diet!

The vegetarian diet is essentially a diet without meat. Some people also exclude all animal by-products like eggs, yogurt, milk, and cheese (this is called a vegan diet, and I’m not ready to cut that many things out just yet). For now, I’m going to do 7 days without any meat.

Since we’re all about motivation here at Pack Health, I thought I’d kick off the week by reflecting on my reasons for taking this challenge.

To See If I Can Do It!

Switching to a new eating lifestyle is tough. Count the number of fast-food options you see during your commute to work, commute to lunch, and commute home. These quick, convenient, and relatively cheap options are thrown at us every day, and all those meaty options are not easy to resist. It takes A LOT of self-discipline to stick to the vegetarian lifestyle, and I know I can do it. I know that if I can accomplish this, then my confidence will be through the roof. I might want to try something else that I originally thought was too hard!

Physical Health

Turn on Netflix and you’ll have a whole menu of docs about the benefits of a plant-based diet and the dangers of eating meat.  If there are this many of these things, it’s gotta mean something right? I am an experimenter. I see research out there all the time about how certain diets help with this, and certain exercises help with that.

Studies are great, but I want to know how things affect ME. I’m a different individual than all those in the research studies, and the only way to see if something works for me is to try it!  If there’s something to a plant-based lifestyle, let’s try it out for a week and see what happens.

Lose Weight

I’d like to lose around 10 pounds. I’m not ashamed to admit it, but I’ve got some “love handles” that I’d like to get rid of. As I learn more about inflammation and its effects on the gut I am more and more tempted to try out this plant-based approach.

I’ve also seen the documentaries about crowded animal pens, chickens born into cages so full that they can never spread their wings, animals being stressed from the moment they are born to the moment that they die. It’s sad, but it’s really happening.

I think to myself about what stress does to me. Stress makes me feel crappy and it makes me eat things I shouldn’t. There’s a lot of hormones flying around when I’m stressed, and this can’t be good for my body. If I’m eating meat from animals that are stressed out all the time, that can’t be good right? I want to try this plant-based approach to see if my body responds better to plants rather than stressed out animals.

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