Reset My Life … in 6 months
Reset My Life … in 6 months
For the past few years, after the New Year rolls in – I stop eating meat for 6 months. Over the years, this reset period has had its up and downs. However I always get the same question from people every year “why do you do it?” Although there are many health benefits (see more here ) – that’s not the reason. When I think about being a pseudo vegetarian for 6 months, I can see how it connects to what I felt relocating to the south. Check out the parallels:
Pseudo Vegetarian: After a holiday full of eating traditional comfort food, energy levels are low. Eating lighter feels better.
Relocating: It’s a heavy and energy draining feeling moving from your current environment to somewhere new. Once you finally get to your new space – the weight of figuring out the logistics of the move is lifted.
Pseudo Vegetarian: Since you can’t just go to the normal “go to” dishes – your food palette is expanded
Relocating: The network of people you interact with expands while trying to get comfortable in the new area
Pseudo Vegetarian: It takes a few weeks to get used to not eating meat and ignoring those annoying urges
Relocating: Creating a new norm in the new space takes a few weeks or longer if the urge to try and keep things the same as before takes over.
Increased Self Awareness
Pseudo Vegetarian: Opportunity to find more foods that you like or dislike. Being on auto pilot and not paying attention to the moments food choice is not an option.
Relocating: Discover new things about your personality by paying attention to how you adapt to a new culture.
Overall, the reason why I do this every year is to feel that same sense of inner reset I felt when we moved down south. That feeling of growth and an enhanced personal engagement with life. This is still a work in progress, the goal always remains six months but sometimes it gets cut short by moments of weakness, laziness, or just running out of options. Every year gets better and closer to the six months. At the end of every reset, I walk away from it with at least one new favorite veggie or dish that under any other circumstance would not have been a choice of mine. I find myself eating more roasted brussels sprouts, different colored grilled carrots, or opting for the vegetarian version of Indian dishes well beyond that 6 month threshold.
Lessons learned from my vegetarian resets so far:
Set the goal for the same duration each year (even if you don’t make it the whole six months – you will get closer each year), use the time to experiment with new veggies and fruits, explore meat substitute options – now a days eating out isn’t so difficult because there’s more than likely a vegetarian option if you ask, bookmark favorite vegetarian recipes and sites (Here are a few to get you started: http://ohmyveggies.com/50-vegetarian-slow-cooker-recipes/ , http://www.cookingclassy.com/avocado-salsa/ ), be open to others joining you or discussing progress (family, friends, co-workers) the more support – the easier it is to make it to your goal. I don’t know about you, but I am ready to tackle my next vegetarian reset! Want to join me?
What do you do to reset? How do you stay motivated to keep going?