So, I like to try health/diet challenges apparently.
I’m currently doing a meat-free month. The idea was sparked by my brother who completed this challenge in January. He said he felt noticeably lighter and less tired after meals. I’ve also done research about vegetarianism and going vegan, and there are plenty of health benefits.
Please note: I am NOT against eating meat. Please. I live in a beef state. I don’t think D would let us stay married if I gave up meat permanently. 😉
Buuuuut, I have noticed that on a meat/egg free diet, I have less food cravings, and I do feel less (for lack of a better word) heavy after a meal. I have allowed myself to eat fish because where I live, it’s nearly impossible to eat at a restaurant and not order meat. Also, I conveniently (and unknowingly) coincided my meat-free month with Lent, so I have ready access fish as an alternative to red meat or chicken.
Another challenge I’ve undertaken is to drink one gallon of water each day for 30 days. There was an article circulating the web about a woman who completed this challenge. Her before and after pictures are crazy different! She looked ten years younger in the “after” picture. I know that many people do drink enough water each day, but I consistently feel thirsty and even get that cottonmouth feeling a few times a week.
This has been a good challenge for me thus far. I’m 3 days in and I already notice a difference. I am eating much less now, because I feel fuller with a belly full of water! Combined with my cleaner eating habits, hopefully I’ll see myself slim down a smidge. They say that many people will experience acne problems in the first week of this gallon challenge because your body is being flushed of its toxins. I haven’t noticed a difference in my skin yet, but I hope that will improve, too.
I’m all for trying new things, and seeing what works for my body. I’ll keep you posted with this adventure and see how I feel when it’s done!