Meatless Monday….

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I have been doing this for 7 weeks now and it has become very easy. I haven’t had a slip up, I haven’t panicked not had anything to eat. My friends know that if they are coming over to eat at my place on a Monday they won’t be eating meat but they will still have a yummy meal.   I have noticed that more and more of my meals through the week have little or no meat in them.  I would say that it is roughly 50/50 for dinner time while breakfast and lunch it is more like 70% vegetarian.   I want to reiterate that I don’t have a beef with meat! (Bwahaha) In fact I am a big fan, I love a good steak. I adore bacon. I am a meat eater. I just don’t think I need to consume so much. According to Stats Can. the average Canadian consumes 137 lbs of meat a year. I don’t know about you but to me that sounds like a LOT of meat. It’s all about balance and for me, and probably for a lot of people, my balance has been off for a long time.  I grew up in a home where dinner was meat and two veg, I believed that was the “correct” way to do things. It is hard to unlearn those things that are part of your core building blocks, the foundations. But I have a problematic relationship with food and major weight issue and the roots of that are in those early foundations and I know now that I can look at those things that I held to be true and examine them to see if they work for me now, or if they work against me. I can control so much more as an adult.  Do you know that when I was a kid I didn’t LIKE meat? My parents practically had to force feed it to me. Maybe even then I knew that when I eat too much meat my body feels icky.  I get bloated and constipated, I have a hard digesting too much animal protein.   So now i can choose to eat meat when I really want to, and I can opt to only have really good, lean cuts.  Yup balance and control, that is what it is all about.

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