Many Guests who visit Hilton Head Health have questions about their diet, especially if “going vegetarian” will help in losing weight more rapidly. Although there are some benefits to adapting a vegetarian diet, we believe that it should be something you consider as a lifestyle change and not necessarily a “diet.” Meat provides your body with protein and many other essential nutrients. Today, we have a special post from Kelly Milgie. You have probably seen Kelly’s shining face greeting you as walk through the doors of H3. As a vegetarian, Kelly would like to share how she decided to adopt a meatless diet and hopefully, give insight to those with questions about vegetarianism. Feel free to ask questions or leave comments for Kelly in the comments section of this post.
Growing up in Michigan, meat was a part of my everyday diet and it was not until I went away to college that I started to eat meat less often. This was mostly because for the first time in my life I had to fend for myself when it was meal time, instead of having my parents cook for me. By the end of my freshman year at Central Michigan University (CMU), I almost completely cut out red meat. I began to realize that I ate it out of convenience, not because I actually enjoyed the taste. When I moved out of the dorms and into an apartment my sophomore year, I had the opportunity to experiment a little bit more in the kitchen. I mostly cooked pasta and chicken since they were the easiest to prepare and fit best into my college student budget.
After graduating from CMU, I moved down to South Carolina and was introduced to seafood. Of course I ate it here and there while living inMichigan, but it was definitely not a part of my regular diet. I noticed I was eating more and more fish and less and less meat. It even got to the point where I would get what I called “meat overload”—if I had any type of meat for lunch, I would not want any meat in my dinner.