When I started this blog in 2015 I decided to kick things off with a Meatless March. I failed more than once (eating meat a few times) so I’ve decided to give it another go this year!
I don’t eat much meat now; maybe 3x a week and the portions are usually small. Eliminating it all together sounds both appealing and exhausting to me.
It is appealing because:
- I know how terrible agriculture is for the environment and I like doing my part in reducing the need for so many animal products
- If I think too long about eating non-organic meat, I’m easily grossed out but organic and “free range” or “grass fed” etc., animals have a bigger impact on earth so, lose-lose…
- I don’t necessarily feel healthier when I don’t eat meat but I do feel … lighter (in mind, body, and soul)
- Deciding not to play into the cultural meat-obsession gives me little jolts of pure joy — no one needs to eat bacon everyday!
A meatless March sounds exhausting because:
- It can take more planning since there are less options
- The questions. So many questions about not eating meat and why and how and thank the Lord I’m not going vegan (broccoli contains more protein per calorie than steak people! Granted you likely aren’t going to eat 300 calories of broccoli because who can scarf down ~10 cups of those little green trees no matter how delicious they are?)
- The limitations – despite generally not feeling deprived opting for a veg burger over a cow one, I don’t like feeling like I can’t eat something
You’ll note the “pros” outweigh the “cons” so, I’m going for it! I’m be posting weekly updates on my progress + some things like how I meal plan for the week and how much protein we really need.
Come back and check in throughout the month. 🙂
Cheers (to vegetables and grains and beans and nuts and seeds!),