In today’s video, I’ll talk about how to become a vegetarian.
Now, you do not have to become a vegetarian if you do not want to. This video is not here to tell everyone in the world that they HAVE to become vegetarian…
But, if you have ANY curiosity about it, the same way I had about a year ago, let me say that there are some SIMPLE ways to do it and some difficult ways to do it.
What I want to share is my process: how I did it and why I made it so simple. Most of this, I have to attribute to a blogger named Steve Pavlina. He really inspired me to be able to take action in this way with several of his tips.
First, here’s how it happened for me.
I was reading a post on his blog about vegetarians. It was NOT about why everybody “should be a vegetarian”. Actually, his point was that, if we are going to eat meat, he suggested that once a year at least, we go hunt an animal, kill it, skin it, cook it and eat it so that we can be real with the process.
Most people are so DISCONNECTED from what is really going on. They walk in the grocery store, buy it, cook it, and eat it. They do not ever have to think consciously that this is an animal.
There are a lot of people who, because of that COMPLETE separation from the process, might be eating meat when really, internally, they have incongruence there. What he suggested was to get real with it, to go hunting and get REAL with the process.
And this REALLY sparked my imagination.
I imagined I showed up at my friend’s farm and he would offer me two options. He would say: “Hey man, welcome for dinner! Here is this amazing salad that my wife just made with all these amazing greens, nuts and fruits. Or, if you want, here is a butcher knife. This pig outside is ready to die. You can kill him and we will eat him.”
I played that scenario in my head and I realized that I would choose the salad EVERY time. Pigs are really cute and smart. They are smarter than dogs. I do not want to KILL a pig.
Imagining that made me realize that I am doing the SAME thing at the grocery store! There is the produce section and there is the meat section. I am making the same decision.
How to Become a Vegetarian – Try it First!
After that rolled in my head for a good two to three weeks, I finally gathered the courage to start a thirty-day trial in vegetarianism.
The thirty-day trial tip is something that Steve Pavlina recommends, like I do, because you simply can’t start something as indefinite as: “I am going to be a vegetarian.”
What if you do not LIKE it? It’s so scary to declare something that will change your life just like that…
But, if you declare a thirty-day trial, anybody can do that. You’re not committing to anything; you are simply trying it for thirty days. Then, you can evaluate if you like it or not and whether you want to keep the commitment.
This is also a good way to bypass your ego.
Changing your life FOREVER, indefinitely? That is scary. Nobody’s ego can get past that. But giving yourself a thirty-day trial to gain a new perspective and make a new educated decision, everybody can do that. Everybody can commit to a habit for thirty days.
So, I put myself on a thirty-day trial. No meat. I was still eating dairy and eggs at that point.
About twenty, maybe twenty-three days into the trial, I LOVED it. I loved how I felt. I felt energized. I felt GREAT. I felt healthy. I could tell that there was a change occurring inside me and I knew it was absolutely right for me.
I don’t want to tell you to become a vegetarian. What I really want is to open your eyes to the thought processes I used to become one.
It is authentic for me. It is who I really am. As soon as I put myself in that mindset and thought about that scenario, I realized I was being completely UNREAL with myself, with my habits and the meat I was eating.
I do not even kill bugs! I do not even kill insects and I am consuming animal products on a daily basis. The two are TOTALLY incongruent and it helped me open my eyes to that.
I hope this has been enlightening for you. I hope it gave you a strategy by which you can try this out for yourself if you so desire.
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