40 Days Without Meat

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 2.48.25 PM "I'm...just...hungry." Those three words were what I found myself saying this past Sunday. Can't I just quit now. I've stuck it out long enough. Oh how a nice juicy fried pork chop would just make my heart smile right now. I feel like I've depleted all of my favorite meatless meals and I'm barely holding on..

Today marks 40 46 days since I've last had meat. Full on vegetarian, cold turkey. Well, pescatarian if you count the fact that I allowed myself to have fish on the weekends, but even so it was typically with a few dinners.

I didn't fill many in on my decision because it was something between me and my Lord, however it did come out occasionally to my family, friends and on snapchat because I basically have a cooking show up there haha.

I decided to give up meat for lent because I knew it would be a huge sacrifice. For those of you who don't know what lent is, it's a tradition usually practiced by those in the Catholic church but I grew up always giving up something from ash Wednesday over a 6 week period until right before Easter. I was taught to give up something that would be a sacrifice to bring your closer to the Lord while teaching you to be disciplined. When it gets hard you pray and allow the Lord to fill you.

In the past, I've always given up things like caffeine, social media, or TV. This year I wanted to do something a little more drastic that would be a true sacrifice.

I had already been practicing Meatless Mondays so I knew it was doable, but could I make it? I had to rely on Pinterest for recipes and discovered a bunch of yumminess such as the quinoa chili I made a few times and the Butternut Squash Spinach Lasagna that was to die for.

While I was more intentional about what I put into my body and was forced to not eat out all the time, I made it. I have to be honest and say that I did have a tiny beef empanada one day out of the 46 days (long story and so not my fault! Don't judge me) but I did 45 days.

This past week was the real test. Sunday my body was just wanting wings, ribs, chicken...something. I couldn't satisfy any of my cravings so I had to run to God. I allowed him to fill me up and that made it worth it.

So here I am 46 days later. Something like a detox. I feel lighter (mentally), I have more energy throughout the days, I think my skin cleared up a bit and most of all I feel that my relationship with God is a little stronger.

I have no interest in the moment of committing to being a vegetarian full time, but it was a fun, challenging experience and I'll probably do it again. But what I can say is that I will hold on to my mindful eating and lets hope I don't get sick as I ease back into meat haha!

Be awesomely amazing,

xo Vanessa Michele

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