But I did adopt a pseudo-diet as a pseudo-resolution for 2011. (Confused yet? I prefer to call it a lifestyle change.)
I decided to eat meat at only one meal a day.
Why I Made the Change
I will turn 30 this summer. Up until now, I haven’t had to worry much about my weight or my health. Friends tell me that once you get into your thirties (particularly your late thirties), your body begins to turn on you, causing you to be more conscious about exercise, food, etc.
I’m not a health nut, but I do want to be a good steward of the body God has given me. God has put longevity in my genes (I knew four of my great-grandparents, all of whom died in their late 90′s – aside from one: she was 102). God could take my life tomorrow if He wishes, but as much as it depends upon me, I hope to live a long and healthy life to serve King Jesus and enjoy the people I love.
That’s why reducing my meat intake has been a good change for me. Here are four reasons why:
1. Eating Meat Once a Day Leads Me to Healthier Eating
If I’m on the go during my lunch hour, I am less likely to pick up a fast food burger. Why? Because that means I would miss the good food my wife is preparing for dinner.
In addition, foregoing meat has caused me to eat more salad, more fruit, more oatmeal, and more vegetables. My diet has changed substantially – in a good way.
2. Eating Meat Once a Day Leads to Less Eating
For the first few days, I was hungry by the time I got home from work, especially if I had not eaten meat at all yet. After a while, I got used to the difference. In fact, on the two days in January that I did eat meat twice (I was traveling), I felt sluggish after the meal.
Likewise, on those days when I have chosen to eat meat for lunch and not for dinner, I have discovered that I sleep better after eating a light meal in the evening. Eating less has actually given me more energy.
3. Eating Meat Once a Day Leads to Weight Loss
The meat-once-a-day discipline doesn’t lead to major weight loss, especially if you don’t eat a lot of meat anyway. But I did lose four pounds during the first week and stayed at my new weight for the rest of the month. Of course, my goal in changing my eating habits was more for health reasons than for losing weight. But you can lose a little weight this way.
4. Eating Meat Once a Day Leads to Better Meat Choices
We all know that chicken is healthier than beef. But if you’re like me, there’s nothing like a good cheeseburger or a steak.
Once I limited myself to eating meat once a day, I found that I was eating more white meats. My wife makes more chicken and pork dishes than beef, so whenever I choose to not eat meat for lunch, I wind up eating more white meat than beef over an extended period of time.
What about you? Has anyone else tried a similar discipline? What are the “non-diet” diets that work for you?