Good morning folks!
I went on a foodie venture this week (will be in next weekend’s blog post) and it was a difficult one for me! I went to a Jamaican restaurant in Oakland, CA, and Lord knows I love me some OXTAILS and CURRY GOAT! 😛 You are probably wonder what the issue was; why was that difficult?
Let me explain. I recently stopped eating red meat. A little over a month ago (Super Bowl Sunday to be exact) I had my last meal with red meat: pork ribs, mashed potatoes and spinach…it was incredible! 🙂 But I had decided a few week before, that Feburary 1st would be the last time I consumed red meat. The decision to make this dietary change came about because I was getting sick…A LOT! I had been sick, with colds, the flu on a few occasions and bronchitis, all totaling seven times between October 2014 and Febuary 2015 (as well as some other health issues); I just felt like something was not right, within, and decided to make some changes to see if I could NATURALLY heal my body.
I am really proud of myself for sticking to this goal! Those closest to me know that I struggle with willpower, but I’m doing it! This change has made me feel accomplished, but more importantly, I FEEL BETTER. I plan to slowly incorporate more changes to my lifestyle, like drastically cutting down my consumption of carbohydrates and sugars. I think cutting out everything all at once would be too overwhelming, but for me, small changes are manageable.
Being honest, it has been hard, like when I have to pass on ordering oxtails and curry goat, however it has not been as hard as I imagined it would be. I thought I would be craving it, hyper emotional from the lack of it, and ready to “cheat” and eat it, but thankfully, I have not had those struggles. I know I’m just starting out in this journey, but I’m proud of my start.
Since I have cut out red meat, a scene from one of my favorite movies, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, keeps playing in my head: when Aunt Voula meets Ian and learns he is a vegetarian and says, almost in disgust, “What do you mean he don’t eat no meat?” [the entire room stops, in shock] Aunt Voula continues sweetly, “Oh, that’s okay. I make lamb!” Although I am not a vegetarian, this scene makes me laugh EVERY time I think of it, and weirdly enough, it is an encouragement to me. 🙂
I do not know if this will be a forever change, or a seasonal change, but for RIGHT NOW, I’m trying to do what is BEST FOR ME. 🙂
PS- However, I am informing you now, when I go to Philadelphia this summer I WILL be indulging in an authentic Philly Cheesesteak! 😛 I just pray that I don’t get sick after not eating red meat for months, then eating a greasy cheesesteak. Well, I will deal with that when the time comes! Hehe! 🙂