Having transitioned from a strict Paleo diet just under a couple of years ago to a fully plant-based diet was, for me, one of the most profound experiences of my life. And I don’t say that lightly. My whole entire perception of what I was choosing to fuel my body with changed in an instant. And I kind of felt like there was this deep part inside my subconscious that I just could not fight. After 24-ish years of eating every cut of meat imaginable, I turned vegetarian. I later became vegan, and I haven’t looked back since.
As soon as I started to open up to people about my change in eating patterns, the concerning question “where do you get your protein from?” started to come at me from all angles. I didn’t really know how to answer it at first … I’d quietly utter “uuummmm… from spinach” before quickly changing the topic. I’ve since educated myself on to understand more about the whole protein debate, but even back then I didn’t really care much about other people’s perception of my sudden dietary change. And I was living in another state at the time, so I didn’t have to worry about explaining my situation to my family (God bless their Italian prosciutto-loving hearts). Actually come to think of it, I didn’t tell my family for the first two weeks. Because to be honest, I wasn’t sure what was going on myself. My perception on food had changed, and I wasn’t sure if this was a temporary thing or not. And if it was a temporary thing, then perhaps I’d just go back to my meat eating ways and never have to explain myself to them. Ever. It’d kind of be like it never happened.
But I never went back to the old Sammy. I’ve since come to accept that in a single day I was changed. I tried to fight it because meat was part of my everyday life, and what was life without a big juicy steak, or some lamb chops, or slow cooked pork. I used to DROOL at the thought!
The most ironic thing is that during this period, I stopped eating meat because of what my body was telling me. It had nothing to do with animal cruelty, the environment or spirituality. For me, it was an innate knowing that came to the surface…
I knew that deep down there was a part of me that felt so much better at a cellular and conscious level that I didn’t want to go back to eating meat.
My brain no longer craved it, my body no longer thrived off of it and it was so far out of my conscious thought that I didn’t even think about it. Which is funny because I used to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. From someone who THRIVED off meat, my whole entire mindset towards it changed overnight and it was completely unintentional.
After battling my mind and my personal trainers diet plan (haha he thought I was going mad), I decided to surrender to that inner knowing and declare that…
Me. Samantha. Will never eat a dead animal carcass. Ever. Again.
And since this moment, I have not looked back. I don’t think I ever will to be honest. If I feel better without it at this moment in time then why would I indulge and support an industry that makes money off the killing of living beings? And from a deeper awareness level, why would I introduce death, a dead animal, into my living body? That trauma, the emotional molecules of that animal right before it’s death when it knew that it didn’t want to die, why would I allow for that transfer of energy to come into my body?
Sounds foo-foo to you meat eaters out there I know, although most of you probably stopped reading this post after the first paragraph.
Ok I’m going to shut up now before I go off on an “emotional molecules are contagious” rant (perhaps I’ll save that for another post).
Hope you enjoyed reading my story and found this one interesting, if so please leave a comment below to let me know about your experiences with/without meat.
Remember – Be happy. Be true. Be you.
Love and light,
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