On Becoming Vegetarian

I am a committed vegetarian. It is a work in progress trying to find my way with a new style of eating: what to include and what not. It is a learning curve to keep snacks and meals well balanced and nutritious.

On one fine Saturday afternoon in January, we went to a hockey game with our daughter and two of her children. She told us about a documentary that she had watched on Netflix. It was called How Not to Die. She wanted us to watch it because it had such a powerful effect on her. At that time one of her sons changed his diet after he watched it. We also watched What the Health and Forks Over Knives.

Old age does not come alone. It is true.

I have had challenges with fibromyalgia and arthritis for decades. Osteopenia appeared. A few  years ago my blood pressure started to rise and my cholesterol level was increasing as well. Plus, my weight was creeping up bit by bit. My doctor spent a lot of time convincing me to take a mild blood pressure pill and a statin. I have had great difficulty in the past with chemical meds for arthritis. I could only take them for a couple of days at a time. Then, I would need to take something else to take those. It became a vicious circle. I began searching for natural health alternatives. After many  visits with a wonderful Naturopathic Doctor, I found some alternative solutions that worked for me and helped me to become more flexible, with less discomfort.
I have always been interested in non-chemical solutions instead of chemical meds wherever it was feasible. Obviously, if I broke a bone I’d go to the doctor. I prefer addressing the cause of the problem as opposed to just masking it.

After watching the documentary with my husband, he looked at me and said: “I am going to become a vegetarian”. I had been trying to figure out how I was going to tell him I was doing that as well during the last half hour of the documentary. My answer was “so am I”.
My reason is for health. To change my health. To improve my health. To protect my health from deteriorating any further. To reverse what has already occured.

Now I am on a mission to investigate the nutritional information necessary so that our meals are well balanced. The learning continues.

I have been reducing the amount of meat that I have been putting on my plate for some time now.

Once the decision was made I headed to my bookcase that stacked the cookbooks and there I found five vegetarian cookbooks and one vegan cookbook. I have used these books intermittently for my cooking over the last few years. I noticed that one book was purchased in 2007. It has been in the back of my mind that this might be a good choice for a long time. I guess the idea has been percolating. I needed a push. Previously, cooking two separate meals for two people every day seemed daunting. I had been flirting with the idea though. I am so happy with my decision, excited to see the changes and hoping for some major health benefits from going to a plant based diet.

Well, after watching the documentaries, I am focused on making dietary changes. Now, I will be writing about this journey too.

Author: Karen Monteith

Karen is a writer, needle artist, nature lover and gardener who loves to share such information and to encourage the needle arts.