As those who have attended my workshops know, I have been trying to make a change in my diet. I have wanted to eat less meat and many of you have given me some great suggestions, ideas, and recipes.
I have made the leap. I noticed one day I had not had any meat so I thought I might as well just run with it. I have been meat free (mostly) for about 2 weeks. I say mostly because I went to a dinner party, had completely forgotten to tell the host and thought it was just to rude not to eat what they made for us. I had a small piece of meat with many vegetable and bread. It was still a wonderful meal.
I have to say it has been easy. Awkward sometimes, but that is only if other people draw attention to it. I don't miss meat, and know that I may some time, but not now. I have even survived coming into the house to the smell of bacon!!
Meal planning has been a bit of a challenge, but I just add another vegetable and/or salad.
The more I read and see about the ecological impact of eating meat and the information about the farms that process the meat, makes it increasingly hard to justify the habit.
I am not going to be forcing this on anyone and my own family can make there own changes or not. I just want to be a better example, provide alternatives and possibly improve my own health in some way. I still have lots of other habits that need to change, but right now this is doable. I am always aiming for harm reduction to myself and my world.
I can now say, 1% change is possible and actually I am capable of more. That is really encouraging.
The lessons to remember; I am worth it; I can only change myself.
That is enough.