31 Meatless days – Check!

 “Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.” — Thomas Carlyle

 

It’s February 1, 2012 today. 32nd day of 2012 and I just completed checking off one of my 2012 resolutions — to be a vegetarian for a month. January was that month! That is my first personal achievement of the year and I feel great!

How was the experience, you ask. I have mixed feelings about it:

I missed enjoying great food at restaurants because my choices were very limited. It was not easy at all, especially since I was raised a non-vegetarian. So, all my dear vegetarian friends, respects to you! I am glad it’s over and I can hop back on to my regular eating habits. So what’s for lunch? Lemon pepper tilapia 😀

What did I learn from this experiment? 

  1. Accomplishments, however little they might be, always feel great!
  2. I need to stop fooling myself. I used to think that my body needs meat for at least one meal a day. If I don’t get it, I would still hungry. But now I know that was not true! It was not hunger, maybe it was greed. That was an invisible script that I had created for myself, and was my way to convince myself in favor of the statement.
  3. Man needs very little to survive. He just makes life a chase for material, and misses out on living the moment.
  4. I can live without most of the (material) things that I always thought were indispensable part of my life.
  5. Self-control comes with practice and discipline.
  6. Realization comes for loss. When I gave something up, only then did I realize how important it was to me. I realized that I had been taking it for granted all this while.

This was a small experiment. And I am glad I did it. I think it worked wonders and I learned a lot from it. It’s amazing how little changes in life can teach us so much 🙂


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