I’ve Been Vegetarian for 30 Days and It’s Changed My Life

Last month I did something crazy. I gave up on eating meat (seafood included) and animal products like eggs and milk-- cold turkey. It just happened all of a sudden.

I was driving and the anti-craving just hit me out of the blue. I feel like I had somehow reached a new level of understanding but I wasn’t sure how long it would sustain. I also made the decision to live in the instance and take each moment as it comes. Today I looked up and it’s been an entire month and I have no regrets. I only see chances and opportunities that lead to greatness through self-control, respect, stillness, and obedience

This journey has been quite the experience and has helped put tons of things in my life into perspective. For starters, this may seem like a reach but not eating meat has helped me be more mindful. I’m more aware of what’s going into my physical body as well as how it impacts my mental and spiritual stability. Eating more plant-based foods and superfoods provides me with everything I need for the day. I get what I need from the earth! Remarkably, the vitamins and other nutrients from the plant-based foods have so many great properties that I’ve been able to forgo things like coffee. I still have wine because wine is made from grapes. Never forget! 

Aside from being mindful of what goes into my body, I’m more aware of what goes on my body. In my mind, it made no sense to give up meat and still put chemicals in my body from toiletries and cosmetics. Believe it or not, your skin absorbs those chemicals no matter how small the amounts. Those chemicals such as aluminum (linked to Alzheimer’s disease) are put right into your bloodstream and over time will have an impact on your health. I’m currently, phasing out my old products to new cosmetics and toiletries that are all-natural, vegan and cruelty-free.

My newest purchase is a new vegan, lipstick from The Lip Bar called Prima Donna. I know how the perfect pout. 

Lastly, the most noteworthy experience on this journey is that I have a laser-like focus on my goals. I can literally feel them manifesting and Goapele is in my ear singing “higher and higher”. Toward the close of 2016, I decided that 2017 was going to be life-changing for me. I wrote a mini-manifesto of goals and started attacking them like a Mortal Kombat ninja. Now every waking moment I’m focused on success; my personal success—defined by me for me. 

In full transparency, I’ve had some dark moments on this journey. When I was in Chicago, I didn’t have any Harold’s Chicken with mild sauce. I was demoted at work and I now report to a former peer. A person very close to me told me my dreams and visions were “stupid” and I had to block toxic people from my life. My circle has definitely gotten much narrower but the positive energy I’m getting from those positive people is magnetic.

This new level of enlightenment has given me that orange Rick James glow or maybe it’s all the carrots I’ve been eating. 

In all seriousness, this vegetarian voyage was just what I needed to get closer to my purpose and passion. I know for sure that it’s the right move because it feels effortless and all things are aligning. On my end, I will continue to try to share my experiences in hopes that they inspire and bring out the greatness in all of my readers. 

-Ar'Sheill Monsanto