Yesterday, I decided to "go vegetarian".
Let me explain.
Rather than blindly follow theories and concepts without first putting them into practice, I always like to use myself as the proverbial guinea pig and see how things really work. This means that whenever I recommend something to someone else, I can do so with absolute certainty because it is something I truly believe in myself.
Anyway, I digress.
Google "Why Go Vegetarian?" and you will find many varied reasons as to why doing so is a great idea. For example, many vegetarians claim that following a vegetarian diet will help you prevent cancer, lose excess weight, live longer, reduce global warming and even end world hunger!
None of these claims have factored into my thinking at all in this case…….
Starting yesterday, I made the decision to abstain from eating any form of meat (including fish and seafood) for a period of 6 weeks. Throughout this period, I will track and record how I feel both mentally and physically. I will also note any physical changes in terms of my weight and overall appearance.
However, the main reason I am doing all of this is to break one of my usual patterns of behaviour, my eating habits.
This is a very useful exercise in itself and provides many other benefits, which extend beyond the claimed benefits described earlier.
Human beings are creatures of habit. We tend to do what we do without ever questioning WHY we do what we do. This is because we are first conditioned by our parents and instinctively mimic what they do and then conform to what we are told to do. Beyond this, we are conditioned by what our peers and the rest of society do and tell us what is "normal" to do.
By deliberately breaking your long-held habits and unconscious behaviour patterns, you can then consciously make changes to them based on what you WANT to do, not based on how others have conditioned you to think and behave.
Personally, I don't currently have any emotional attachment to either eating meat or being a vegetarian. However, the fact that I am life-long meat eater is precisely the reason why I am taking an absolute break from it.
Once the 6 weeks of abstaining from eating meat have been completed, I will re-evaluate my eating habits and make any necessary adjustments. Will I go back to eating meat as before? Possibly. Will I make a permanent switch to becoming a vegetarian? Possibly. Ultimately, this is of little overall importance to me.
What IS important to me is being in control of how I condition myself to think and behave. The term "people sheeple" is a common one and for good reason. So many of us unconsciously follow suggestions without first engaging in any critical analysis of them. Why? Simply because the majority of others possess a similar mindset.
The example I am using here is in relation to eating habits. But think about other behaviour patterns you engage in every single day without even thinking about them. Many of them were installed in your subconscious before you were old enough to challenge them. Because of this, you automatically accepted them as facts and acted in total accordance to them.
What if you were to deliberately and consciously question everything you typically do without even thinking about it?
This challenge is just one way of keeping things fresh by disrupting your habitual patterns of behaviour.
Adopting and experimenting with different mindsets and habits, simply for the sake of changing things up, is a very healthy thing to do for your brain. By challenging your brain to adapt to these pattern changes, you force it to develop new neural pathways which provide you with increased mental flexibility.
This is an amazing way to condition your brain to be able to deal with the various stresses of everyday life. This is especially the case when it comes to sudden and unexpected change, e.g. how to deal uncertain economic times, losing a job, a family crisis etc.
Those with rigid mental patterns will suffer, simply because their one and only way of thinking and behaving in a particular situation will not work in their favour every single time. Sometimes, thinking and acting in such a way will result in them experiencing severe stress, discomfort and pain.
Those who have mental flexibility, on the other hand, can adapt in a much greater way and prosper while others around them will be at an absolute disadvantage.
This is exactly the reason I recommend you join me and "go vegetarian" for the next 6 weeks.
To quote Sheryl Crow, a recent vegetarian convert as it happens:
"A Change Would Do You Good!"
Yesterday, I decided to "go vegetarian".