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My motivation was a Doctor visit. My cholesterol and blood pressure was high, I was over weight, and I had gout. I decided to to try and correct the problems with diet and exercise. I started walking every day, lifting weights three times a week, take my daughter skating once a week for three hours, and joined a hiking club. At first I limited myself to one serving of chicken or fish once a week then I noticed I was forgetting to eat any meat and didn't miss it so I just went vegetarian.
Now it is two and a half years later and I am a total vegetarian, no meat, eggs, or dairy. I have lost 50 pounds and my weight is holding steady. I love my new diet and have never felt better. I have not had a gout attack since I cut back on meat and my cholesterol and high blood pressure are down.
I've found without question that the best way to lead others to a more plant-based diet is by example - to lead with your fork, not your mouth. ~Bernie Wilke
I have just wanted to get healthier. My sister became vegetarian and she is not always the greatest at sticking to plans. She had been doing it for almost 2 months when I found out. I was feeling kind of bloated and yucky after Thanksgiving and since I tend to vegetarianism anyway, I figured I would give it a try. I maybe eat a turkey burger or salmon once a month, but basically stick to dairy, fruits and veggies.
Welcome aboard and good luck with whatever plan you choose that works for your body and mind.
My motivation to "go vegan" was to support my morbidly obese husband who wanted to try it.
After three months, he chucked it to "go low carb" and I had lost 30#, lowered my cholesterol, lowered my blood sugar and cleared up my skin.
I've gone from a size 14 to a size 6 doing nothing more than walking and on again/off again Zumba. I now eat eggs & dairy and eat meat on special occasions or to be polite to others.
I've seen all the documentaries, too--they certainly help remind me to eat a "kind diet."
You are worth it!
First of all, welcome.
The less meat I eat the better I feel.
That is my motivation for transitioning.
Enjoy your journey!
I have cut down my meat intake a lot over the past year while adopting a more whole food centers diet, but after watching a couple of documentaries this weekend, I am commited to eating it even less. I was wondering what your motivations were and if you feel "healthier" since changing your diet. I guess I am worried because it seems to be so ingrained in our diet as a country that we "need" meat, dairy, eggs to be healthy. I'm not so sure that's true now.