I was vegetarian for eight years. If you’ve been following me for a while now, you know by now I don’t believe in diets. So going vegetarian wasn’t a diet fad I got caught up in. None of my family or friends were vegetarian, so I wasn’t being influenced by anyone either. I just started to realize that my body appreciated eating less meat, so I went with what my body was telling me. In 2008, I went completely vegetarian. They say not to jump into any diet change cold turkey, but I did. 🙊 you can say I learned a lot in the process. I was always a highly active person, so I knew I had to find a something that would help me get enough protein in return. That is when I discovered spirulina and hemp protein. Those two were a staple for me while I was vegetarian. Although, my body felt like it was thriving the past eight years with this lifestyle, one day everything changed.
When I had my daughter in 2016, my body went through a little trauma. When my daughter was born, she was instantly sick. We ended up having to stay in the hospital for two weeks. My body was overwhelmed, over stressed, and exhausted. On top of that, while we were in the hospital, I caught mono! Boy, was I tired and my body felt it! I don’t recommend that combination for anyone. New moms, you feel me?! Since I had a lot of intense life changing events going on, I started to notice I needed more energy. That’s when I started to introduce wild salmon and organic chicken back to my diet! Once I noticed my body asking for a change, eating meat again wasn’t even a second thought. I can't emphasize enough how important it is to listen to your body! Ultimately our goal is to feel one hundred percent. Right?! Or do the best we can. Looking good or any other goal comes secondary. I will not go fully vegetarian again. Not that I didn’t like it. I actually loved it! I’m pretty much eating the same way as I was before, but now I’m eating meat whenever my body needs it. I like where I’m at, so I don’t feel the desire to change the flow of things. If I have days I need more energy, I eat meat. When I’m fine without it, I get my protein elsewhere. Simple as that. It’s been fun journey to know and learn what my body appreciates.
I ultimately share this story, so I can bring awareness that our bodies are always changing. I can’t emphasize how important it is to listen to your body in every season.