I never thought about being a vegetarian. I have probably thought about going to space more than I thought about not eating meat. I don’t eat a lot of red meat anyway but I have always loved my chicken dishes. And then I watched “Forks Over Knives” and it changed my life. It made a lot of sense to me. To help with diabetes – focus on a plant-based diet.
If you know me, you know that my health is important to me and I’ve tried many things to improve my health. In the past several years, I have drastically cut back on carbohydrates, mostly no rice – which is difficult since we are accustomed to eating rice in the evenings. The result was good but not spectacular. And it made me think some more because Asians in other country eat a lot of rice and yet their diabetes number were not as high as ours. So Forks Over Knives slowly convinced me that it is because of our meat intake. I’m not going to spend lots of time debating this with you but I’ll give you my 30 day update:
Most Noticeable Changes Since Going Vegetarian:
- Lost 8 lbs!
- Less drowsiness + more energy = working out more!
- Almost no more stomachaches! (I’ve been dealing with a sensitive stomach for soooo long!)
- Almost no pimples!
- Most importantly – low low sugar levels!
- Saving Money!
- More excitement when eating! (It’s actually fun to see what you can eat besides salads when going out to restaurants)
So I started out with the goal in mind to just try it out for 21 days. I always like a good challenge. And I was amazed at how easy it became. There was not a lot of adjusting to cooking since I always cook veggies and we always have a Meatless Monday anyway. And in those 21 days, I even traveled to NYC for 5 days. And even ate at the Hard Rock Cafe & Cheesecake Factory…veggie burger!
So you’re wondering “Well…what about Mr. Wong?” He’s still an omnivore. I still cook him his meat 1-2 times a week (lots of vegetarians won’t do this but I’m ok with it) but he has gotten a lot healthier. His weakness – fast food – has decreased significantly because there’s not many vegetarian options for me at McDonald’s. And when you can’t eat your chicken nuggets, you are probably not going to eat your french fries either.
Being healthy is important to me and for Mr. Wong because it allows us to do a lot of things (and he just said “less likely to break your computer chair”) We’ve seen friends and family dear to us can’t do the things they want to do because they are too overweight or their body just won’t give them the endurance. I’ve prayed for these family and friends daily but at the end of the day, it’s their own choice.
So it’s been exactly one month now since I decided to stop eating meat. I think I’m going to keep on this journey. It’s been pretty interesting. And I get to do my part and save the animals too. I’m not going to convince you to go the same path. But if you have some extra weight or health issues that’s been plaguing you, think about it. Try it for 5 days. What’s the harm right?