This time for real!
I've decided to make monthly goals for 2010 instead of yearly resolutions that get forgotten about halfway through the year. We'll see how this goes.
For the month of January I have decided to go meatless. I will not purchase or prepare any meat for my family for the entire month. I feel like there is so much about vegetarianism that has made a lot of sense to me for a long time & this experiment will be good for myself & my family & help me figure some things out.
I have so many reasons for doing it. It began a few weeks ago when in the temple. I felt so impressed that that God is not happy with the meat industry & by purchasing meat I was supporting these actions that I cannot find any reason why God would be in favor of. Just as God wants us to have joy & he wants animals to as well.
And, just as strongly as I felt that things in the world of the meat industry didn't feel right to me, I also felt very strongly that eating meat sparingly would be very, very beneficial to the health of my family & that the Lord wanted us to make a change in our eating right away. So, these impressions, which I call personal revelation from the Lord, didn't go away after a few days. In fact it kept feeling more & more like a very spiritually important thing I needed to do. After discussing it with Dylan, we decided that the new year would be the perfect time to start. I actually quit purchasing meat at Christmas though.
So my reasons:
* There are tons of health benefits.
* Not worried about the protein issue everybody keeps asking me about.
* Better for the environment.
* Not supporting the practice of animals raised in factory farms.
* I believe it can help me to not feel constantly sluggish all the time.
* In keeping with the Word of Wisdom. To me "sparingly" does not mean every afternoon & evening.
To me it's totally logical. Things make sense that never did before. It seems totally clear. I don't expect everybody to agree with me & that's fine. We'll see how I feel at the end of the month. At this point I'm not sure if I can be a total vegetarian. But, who knows. I hope the month goes well with my family & I hope I can continue on for a long time as a flexitarian.
I will tell you that I cut back on my meat consumption during the last week of December & Haven't eaten any meat as of Jan. 1st. I am feeling great physically. I feel like I have more energy. I feel less bloated & haven't had any indigestion. I feel very full at meals & actually crave less between meals.
As the month goes on I will be sharing with you recipes of the foods that my family is eating. I'll try to give a rating from my meat loving husband. I would love any input or advice that you have. Here's to a healthy 2010!