The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not. – Mark Twain
I don’t think I’ve written about it any of my prior posts, but I’ll come out clean now. I’m a vegetarian. There, I said it. I’m a vegetarian and have been for a long time. I’m actually a vegan at times, but when I’m travelling or hanging out with friends, I prefer to relax the rules a little. I don’t talk about it much either – I guess that makes me a closet vegetarian.
So why am I a vegetarian?
I never felt that I had a good reason to be vegetarian. As with most aspects of my life, it always felt like a lifestyle experiment, but when I think deeper about it, I do have a good reason. Many years back, I made a strong commitment to enhance every aspect of my life – career, wealth, relationships, spirituality, adventure, and health.
Our bodies are the only things we really have in our physical lives – everything else is mental ownership – but we often take our health for granted until we start deteriorating. Good health is a result of the the well-known combination of exercise and a proper diet (I would also add that good mental health is key too). Exercise was never really a problem for me, but I never really experimented with my diet.
My vegetarian timeline.
Since I made it a priority to have world-class health, I had to give vegetarianism and veganism a try. In doing so, I hoped that one of the positive benefits would be to have some of the energy levels I had when I was 6 years old. 🙂
Some people can go cold turkey on meat (no pun intended), especially after watching a pro-vegan film like Earthlings (warning: it’s graphic!). For me, I timed a series of trips that gradually brought me closer to becoming a vegetarian.
My first stop was Turkey, a Muslim country where pork isn’t consumed. I didn’t eat pork for a month, and on top of that, I went during Ramadan, so I didn’t eat much during the day either. When I came back, I figured that pork products weren’t all that healthy, so I stopped eating pork altogether.
Next, I made my way over to Nepal, where the population is mostly vegetarian. I quickly and happily adapted to the diet, but here’s the shocker: I exerted my body heavily trekking at high altitudes in the Himalayas on a vegetarian diet,