I've broken up with meat again.
I'm an occasional vegetarian. I think this is different from being a flexitarian. To me, a flexitarian eats some meals without meat in any given week. An occasional vegetarian eats a meat-free diet for weeks, sometimes years, on end. That's me.
I know that I feel better when I make the choice not to eat meat. I feel better physically and emotionally when I make this choice consistently for my body. So I've deliberately kept meat off my plate for nearly a week, now. It's really not difficult, at all. I have some favourite meat-free dishes I like to cook and eat, so I stuck with those last week.
Today I'm grateful that I can make the choice to listen to what my body and mind need. I'm also grateful that I've had the courage to make this decision, although my husband and my son enjoy eating meat. I also have hope that I will be able to stick with it through the holidays and beyond.
I made this delicious soup today, with squash, potatoes, chick peas, onion, carrots, a can of diced tomatoes and a bunch of kale and some other herbs from my garden. The soup turned out really well! This is the kind of food that fills me up in more ways than one.