I know, the title sounds weird… like, FIVE days? Why not just go vegan? Doesn’t that like… conflict with your morals or something?
Well I’m here to tell you why.
I’ve never been a huge meat eater at any point in my life. Sure, there was a point where I was craving steak sometimes. Or craving some chicken (nuggets). But after several years of contemplation, of learning more about health, and especially after moving to the Midwest where animals are everywhere (there’s a LOT of farms here, people), I thought it was time to start transitioning to going non-meat (at least 70 percent of the time).
When I moved from Sacramento (home town) to Los Angeles for school, I moved in with a nutrition major (who is now one of my best friends today). At the time, both of us still ate meat. But we talked about veganism every now and again and she opened me up to why I should care about my health (I ate like s**t around her).
After we both moved out of the dorms, she switched to a vegan lifestyle. I, of course, still ate meat. But after reading up on nutrition, talking to her about her switch, and graduating college, I thought more and more about removing it from my diet.
I think one of the most influential videos I ever watched that was a real turning point for me was this video.
But the real reason I made the switch was because I wanted to feel healthier and lose some extra body fat (not that I was overweight, but I wanted to lose the fat that was preventing me from having six-pack abs… don’t judge me)
My first transition was the easy part for me. Cutting out red meat. So, I still allowed myself to eat chicken and fish but just no steak, pork, etc. I learned that red meat causes the most health problems out of all the meats, so it was easy for me to cut that out.
Chickens and fish are somehow less important to people. They are distanced from our emotions so we don’t really feel as bad when we eat them.
But after moving to the Midwest and seeing people have them for pets… and then knowing they only raised them to kill them… kind of made me sick… and sad.
The same reason why we don’t eat our dogs and cats should sustain as such for the same reason we don’t eat cows and pigs. The only reason we don’t eat our dogs and cats is because we see them every day. They are a part of our family. We get to know their personalities.
But because we stick farm animals out in a barn somewhere, that somehow makes them less important to us.
So after seeing farm animals surround me, the switch suddenly wasn’t as hard. If I had to kill my own food, I would never eat any sort of meat ever again. It isn’t within me to kill an animal because I love ALL animals.
So the reason for why I am doing this whole vegan thing five days a week is because it’s such a drastic change to go from meat-eating to non-meat eating. It’s kind of the same concept of going on a diet. If you tell yourself you suddenly can’t have something, it makes you want it more. Slow and gradual changes work well because then it just becomes second nature and a part of your habitual lifestyle.
So for a couple years, I cut out red meat. And now I cut out all meat and all animal products five days a week so that the other two, I can have chicken and fish (although, now I am kind of in the habit of eating mainly fish… so I’ll be pescatarian probably before being full-on vegan).
I also go gluten-free five days a week, but I digress.
Allowing myself two days to eat meat is kind of the same concept of having cheat days for bodybuilders. It’s hard to just devote your life to such a drastic change, so I’ll ease myself into it.
I could go into statistics of how meat is unnecessary for our bodies, how it creates SO many health problems, it’s morally insane and is by far the biggest genocide we are all contributing towards… but I won’t. Because people know it’s wrong to kill. And people know that just because they don’t see the process of how that hamburger is made, it makes them not question why they eat it.
And don’t get me wrong, steak tastes delicious. It’s not the flavor that’s deterring me. I get why people want to eat meat.
I’m just choosing my health first. If that’s not a priority for you, that’s fine. Be a meat-lover. Plenty of people are.
I’ve only been doing this five-day-a-week-vegan thing (and gluten-free thing) for about a month now, but I already notice a difference in terms of getting closer to my fitness goals.
Again, I won’t go into it. But I am happy with the results. And eventually, my goal is to be a full-time vegan (or at least a pescatarian because I still LOVE sushi). It’s going to take years to fully transition into that, but I think if i just stick to what I am doing now, cutting out meat those other two days of the week won’t be so bad.