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.
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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.
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