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Why you should start napping…
It is no secret that vegetarians tend to have lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and fewer instances of heart disease in comparison to their meat-eating friends. I know this but I am not a vegetarian. Don’t get me wrong, I am not judging anyone that is vegetarian, it is a life style choice and if works for you then fantastic. However, I could do never give up meat, I love it far too much and it is part of each of my daily meals.
I have a friend who is a vegetarian and he is always trying to convince me that I should become vegetarian; he lectures me on how cruelty it is to animals and how it would be better for my cholesterol etc. I have not been swayed and his words will never weaken me…or will they?
When I set out to become healthier and to lose weight I knew that I needed to increase the amount of fruit and veg I was consuming. I never really thought about it before and therefore never really made a conscious effort to eat fruit and veg. If it somehow managed to find its way on to my plate then so be it, but I wouldn’t go out of my way looking for it.
About 5 months ago I sat down with my vegetable loving friend and we were discussing my progress, I had lost a lot of weight, I had taught myself some very good habits but I still wasn’t happy with my fruit and veg intake. After listening to some more of his arguments I came up with a compromise, partly to shut him up and also because I wanted to further improve my health.
The compromise was that I would give up meat for one day a week and that day would be full of fruit and veg. I knew it would be difficult and in all honesty I didn’t think I would keep it up, but I had made plenty of other changes successfully so why not one more.
Fast-forward 5 months to today: I have two meat free days a week! I was the equivalent of a T-Rex, a carnivore, a meat addict, a flesh-consuming monster, but not anymore…well not on two days of the week anyway.
I won’t list the benefits of consuming plenty of fruit and veg; most people know that they do wonders for your body. The great thing is that when I was having one meat free day a week I was eating more fruit and veg on that one day then I would in a normal week. Two meat free days…well that’s twice as much fruit and veg silly. Eating fruit and veg for a whole two days almost acts a detox and it would leave me feeling fantastic for the rest of the week.
So unless you are a vegetarian or you already eat plenty of fruit and veg, I would urge you to try and be vegetarian for one day a week. See how it makes you feel and who knows you might bump it up to two days a week as I did.
I assure you, once you start it’s really not that difficult but the pay off is great. You will drastically increase the quality of food you put into your body, the nutritional benefits are endless and it will help you lose weight.
If you do decide to be vegetarian for a day I’d love to hear from you so post away and let us all know how it goes.