A year ago, I made a conscious decision to become a vegetarian. I was a big fan of steak and hot dogs on the grill. The problem, which took me years to realize was that every time I ate unhealthy food it made me feel physically drained. I hated feeling this way. I always wanted to take a nap afterwards, it didn’t matter where I was.
I felt it was time to solve this problem. I started to play around with all the food I ate, to see what reaction I was having with each of them. I decided to observe my body’s reaction for 7 days of bad food and 7 days of good food. First I had nasty gas from both end. My stomach would hurt after a meal, and constant fatigue. That’s what was visible and internally sugar, cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes rates were going up.
Week 1: I ate anything from subway to fast food, to hot dogs, steak, yummy bacon.
3 Days of Detoxifying the body: lots of water, vegetable juice (use beets,kale,celery,cucumber and a juicer is needed to make it) Warning will make you pee a lot.
Week 2: I ate spinach salad, vegetables, fruits, beans to replace the meat, pasta for carbs, Almond milk, plain greek yogurt (watch the sugar).
It’s essential to know while trying this you should make sure you take your daily required vitamins from fruits or you could fall ill, not because you’re trying to be healthy but because you are reprogramming your mind and body to eat the right stuff. If you feed it garbage it will always expect garbage.
The digestive system has to do a lot of work to digest food from animals, especially red meat. Every time red meat enters the body, the energy that is required to digest it, triples.
If I ate a plain salad, afterward I felt empty. Not hungry empty, but empty as in, I could go for a run. If I tried a spicy chicken sandwich, afterwards, I felt lazy. The same happened with other meats and too much bread.
The result of my experiment was a success. I felt exhausted and drained for 7 days straight. 7 days of healthy i felt Energized, alert, quick on reflex, problem solving was quicker, the ability to think clearly. Stress and anxiety went down, I became more in control of my self.
I would advise everyone to experiment with a bowl of salad and a plate of unhealthy food. Eat a salad with no meat, 5 minutes later your body will be ready for any task, gym, jog whatever it may be, you will be able to do it.
Now eat something unhealthy like hot dogs, steak, or a burger; 5 minutes after eating it go and try doing those same tasks that I mentioned earlier. Two things could happen you throw up or feel sick to your stomach. The reason for that is the fact that your food is still stuck in your throat desperately trying to make its way to your digestive system. All your energy is rerouted to focus on dissolving that food, which in my experience made me feel exhausted. I don’t know about you, but we shouldn’t feel this way after eating a meal. We should feel good.
That’s when I decided to become a vegetarian. I wanted to have energy to complete daily tasks without the need for a substantial amount of caffeine to get me through the day.
Next thing I had to do is convince my wife to do the same. I felt that it was very important for her and I to do the same thing because we live together and, it would be very difficult to become a vegetarian if your partner is not. I convinced her to try the experiment mentioned earlier and she had the same outcome. She agreed to try it and we’ve been vegetarian ever since.
You need two things to make this transformation.
First; you need to find out why exactly you want to do this. Your goal needs to be clear.
Second; you need willpower to help you get through the first 40 days. 40 days is the amount required to make a mental transformation, which would then become a habit.