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100 days Meat Free

I wrote a post exactly 50 days ago titled “50 days vegetarian”. Today I am writing this post because I have officially hit 100 days. It doesn’t even seem that long ago that I had the idea to try cutting meat out from my diet for one week. Who would have thought that 100 days later I would be living a completely different lifestyle. Not only did I become a vegetarian after that one week challenge, but also a plant based vegan.

IMG_9050I have to say, switching to this life style was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. Back in December I would eat meat, eggs, fish, cheese, dairy, and other things. I often found that after I ate dinner (that’s when I’d eat those kinds of foods) I would feel very full and bloated. My stomach would ache and I’d get bad pains. I just thought that I had eaten too much and that I needed to cut back. Boy was I ever wrong.

I started off by challenging myself. I said that I would try not eating meat for 7 days. After the 7 days had passed and I realized how easy it was, I continued. After two weeks I said I’d never go back to eating meat again. Now while cutting out meat did help a bit, I still found myself feeling bloated and having stomach pains after certain foods. I remember one night I had grilled cheese for dinner and thought it was a good choice because it was vegetarian. But after I ate that, my stomach grumbled and felt so full and gross. That’s when I had the sudden thought to go vegan. I hopped on my computer and began to do my research. “How do vegan’s get protein” I typed into Google. “What foods can vegan’s eat?”

I compiled a list of foods with the vitamins they contain. I brought the page downstairs and told my parents I was going to try going vegan. They told me that it was not a good idea, and rather than making such a drastic change, to gradually try cutting out the foods that upset my stomach.

So that Monday, I cut out dairy. I didn’t have dairy for a whole week, and I felt a little better. I have always eaten all my super fruits and vegetables, but now I was starting to make them the primary food in my diet. I kept my fridge stocked with tons of whole plant based foods, and incorporated them into my diet every day. I listened to my parents (at first) and did not go vegan. I cut out pretty much everything except for Greek yogurt and quest bars, and I was feeling better!

I kept this up for a while until February 21st. On that day, I did not eat Greek yogurt. (I usually have it everyday). The next day I didn’t have any either. A week went by and I did not eat any Greek yogurt or quest bars. I had officially gone vegan for a week. And you know what? I felt GREAT! And I wasn’t even missing the yogurt or quest bars. (even though both are quite delicious).

So here I am today, writing this. It’s been 100 days since I cut out meat, and a little over a month since I switched to a full plant based vegan diet. And I am here writing this to share my story and to help other people who are in the same situation as me. I used to think it was my fault that I would get these stomach pains. I told myself that I over ate, and that next time I would eat less. I am here telling you this to let you know how wrong I was. Today, I eat TONS of foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I load up my plate with fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, legumes, lentils, etc and I feel awesome afterwards. I want to let you know that there are so many misconceptions about going vegan. No you won’t die. No you won’t miss your old lifestyle. No you won’t suffer from vitamin deficiencies. And no you won’t be deprived from enjoyable and delicious foods. If anything, you get to eat more and get the opportunity to experiment and try out new foods.

So if you have read all of this and realize you are having the same problems, try cutting out foods that bother you and narrow it down. We are what we eat – literally. So if you are putting all these harmful toxins into your body such as fast food, greasy food, and processed foods, your body won’t be the best. You have to know what is right for your body and nourish it. I promise you, once you find the perfect diet for you that suits your needs, you will feel 100x better than you did before. All you have to do is start.

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13 Comments

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    Vegetarian Virginia
    March 25, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Great post! 100 days is a huge accomplishment. Behavior change can be difficult, but you are a success. Keep spreading the good word. We need people sharing their experience.

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    M. L. Sexton
    March 25, 2014 at 11:16 am

    This exact thing happened to me in 2012 and I became vegetarian last year but the problem wasn’t going away. In November of last year I became vegan and I’ve never looked back. I feel amazing.

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      Katrina Gormley
      March 25, 2014 at 11:27 am

      That’s awesome! Changing what you eat really does change everything ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Emily Lovestone
    March 25, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Congratulation! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    ninaavr
    March 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    What an amazing post!

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    Soraya Sarcos
    March 26, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    This post is very inspiring. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about becaming vegetarian but I’m kind of scare. Even though I doesn’t eat much red meat or chicken, and I love juices and raw dishes it’s a big step to officially becoming vegetarian. I feel it’s something unevitable for me anyway, I can’t eat chicken anymore, I just want to vomit every time I try. It seems my body is asking me to change and now that I’m going to start my yoga teacher training it seems the natural next step for me.

    Thanks for sharing your experience Katrina and keep going. You’re a great inspiration.

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      Katrina Gormley
      March 26, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you so much, that means a lot! My advice to you would be to try it gradually and one step at a time. You don’t have to turn full vegetarian over night, but like you said you are doing, continue to cut back and eventually cut certain things out of your diet. I know it may seem like such a hard thing, I did too. I thought, “how can i ever live without meat?” But after two weeks, I said I’d never go back. It’s amazing how your mind can change once you experience something and realize how right it is for you. If meat is making you feel sick, than maybe that is your bodies way of telling you to stop eating it.

      I wish you the best of luck, and I believe in you that you can make this change! I promise you, it’s not that hard, and it’s 100% worth it.

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    Wanderlust Hippie
    April 7, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Great work! I’ve been vegan 18 months (veggie for a year before that), and the health benefits have been unreal! Keep it up =) Much love xxx

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      Katrina Gormley
      April 7, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Wow that’s awesome! It is great isn’t it? Thank you xo

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    Belรฉn Morales F.
    April 7, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Hi! I follow you on instagram, and you’re really inspiring for me! I really want to be vegan and you show me that it’s possible and amazing! I’m vegetarian since one month ago and I’m incredibly happy for it!! I feel better about my stomach pains, but as I haven’t stopped to drink cow’s milk (0%) I still have problems with that. The thing is that my mom doesn’t want me to stop drinking cow’s milk and she only can see that I’m super restrictive and I’m not eating enough. Well, I’m in recovery for an eating disorder, that explains a lot her attitude, but I’m not doing this for another reason than because I feel that this truly help me, and it’s healing me. I’m enjoying food again and I’m nurturing my body and my soul, I’m doing something not just good for me, a vegan lifestyle and conscious eating have benefits in a whole chain of living beings. I don’t want to give up on being vegan once I get a little better, because I’m completely sure that I want to live this way ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sorry for the big post. Thank you for being so inspiring and help me through this!

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      Katrina Gormley
      April 7, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Hi there! Thanks so much for following and being inspired by me, that truly means a lot. As for the milk situation – perhaps try explaining to your mom the reasoning behind your switch and tell her how important your choices are to you. Since you want to cut out cows milk, I’d advise other high fat content foods that are whole and good for you! Try milk substitutes rather than dairy milk such as almond, hemp, rice, etc, and also eat plant based foods that are high carb. Eat lots of fruits, veggies, grains, nuts, legumes, lentils etc. Avocados and nuts like almond and cashews are great for you, but are also high in fat, so try eating those types of foods to make up for your lost fat from the cows milk! Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

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