I have been a vegetarian for nearly three years, now. I initially decided to give up all meat with the exception of fish and other seafood. After reading a book entitled, “By Any Greens Necessary,” by Tracye McQuirter, I decided to give up all meat and lead a vegetable based diet. I must make mention that Ms. McQuirter is a vegan advocate; however, the book is a great starting point for anyone interested in transitioning to a vegetarian or vegan diet.
I grew up in a household where fried chicken, pork chops, and bacon were staples. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the food that my mother prepared. Heck, I still love the smell of hot wings! But, with the consumption of those foods brought on a host of ailments that I observed not only from my mom; but, from many of the members in my family as well. Enough was enough when at the age of 33, I was diagnosed with hypertension and had the highest weight I had been in my entire life. All I could think of was taking pills and loosing my “good” health. I don’t care what anyone says, you don’t have anything if you don’t have your health. The richest person in the world can not buy his health back. And that is what made me change not just for me but for my family as a whole. I had to show my children that there was a better way. Not saying that vegetarianism is the key for everyone; but, I have not seen anyone die from increasing their fruit and vegetable intake.
I knew something in my life had to change, so one day I woke up and just decided to become a pescetarian. My friends and family could not believe that I had made such a rash decision. My daughter told me, “momma you won’t last a week,” my best friend told me she would give me a few days, and my mom thought I had lost my mind. But, if you really knew me and understood how much I adored food, you too would have felt the same way.
You can not tell me what I can’t do. I started reading books and doing research, which led to my belief in the absence of meat from my diet. Once I believed in the idea of pescetarianism and later vegetarianism, it was a done deal and a vegetarian was ultimately born.
I am not the fanatical type that believes all people should be vegetarian, I think everyone comes to their own glory in their own time. I am just here as an example for my family, to show them that their past does not determine their future. My greatest hope is that more people see the benefit in a vegetable-based diet and eat more fruits and vegetables.
My decision to become a vegetarian has impacted other areas of my life as well. I feel more awakened from a spiritual aspect, I consume less processed foods, and I love love love natural skin care products; not there yet with my lipsticks; but, I’m getting there.
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