So from 7/24/17 to 8/24/17 I am giving up red meat. HOLY MOTHER OF PEARL, WHY? Yeah, that’s kind of what I’m thinking too. Before someone breaks into an argument about vegan/vegetarianism let me stop you by saying I am still going to eat meat. Period. I grew up in a family of carnivores. I’ll explain the intensity by this story:
My family comes to the restaurant I serve at during college. Every single person either orders a rack of ribs or a steak. No chicken salad here. The head chef looks at me and says, “Kayla, we don’t even thaw out that many racks of ribs each night.” To which I proceeded to tell him that you have to give the people what they want, and the people want ribs and steak with loaded baked potatoes and side salads.
It’s a tradition really. My family plans cook outs and dinners around burgers, steaks, beef hot dogs, and ribs, and the first question always asked is, ‘What’s for dinner?’ I for one love nothing more than a perfectly grilled juicy steak, but my body is telling me otherwise. So, here is the reason for this decision: I stay consistently tired throughout the day. I know that part of that is because I don’t sleep well at night, but I am sure that a major factor is my diet.
(Side note: I’ve been taking melatonin and magnesium about an hour before bed at night, and have been sleeping much better, but unfortunately when I wake up I have trouble remembering what we did last night because I have slept so hard. I’m so afraid my husband is going to shave my eyebrows or move me into the garage or something while I’m asleep. He could totally convince me I did something crazy. Is taking too many vitamins the adult version of drinking too much?? Anyway…)
So I am going to play around with different choices for the things I eat and see if I can renew my metabolism and gain more energy. So for the next month I will be eating no red meat and incorporating more vegetables and less spaghetti-o’s into my diet. Hopefully I will be able to share some new recipes with you guys if I find something surprisingly delicious, and hopefully I can gain some energy from this new way of eating. Also, If I have a mental breakdown and just need a burger I’ll be sure to share that experience with you as well. Stay tuned for updates from this experiment on myself.