Try & Tell: No Red Meat for 30 Days

Here is an experiment I’m starting today, based on what some beautiful, young twenty-somethings have told me about their diets.

They don’t eat red meat.

Of course, it’s not the first time I’ve heard of eliminating red meat, and I’m not sure what the benefits may be – but I’m going to try it, and I’ll do a weekly update of any changes I notice.

Mostly, I want to feel more energetic as we enter fall.  I’ve got lots of gardening and outdoor work to do in our courtyard – and I need more energy!

So… here it goes.  Day one.  We will be eating trout tonight, along with a mixed green salad and probably mac and cheese, to keep our nine-year-old, Bryce, happy.

Meanwhile… I think it would be helpful here to post some facts, but I’m not going to.

I literally know nothing about the reasons for avoiding red meat, so I’m just going to notice my own reactions, then I’ll post more information after this 30 day experiment, to provide more help to you in your own journey, and to see if any of the changes I notice are actually “a thing.”

Let’s call this a completely un-scientific blind study.


  • Right now I have a bloated feeling in my belly, and about three pounds of “pinchable” fat on my abdomen.  In spite of daily vinegar cleansing, this is not going away.
  • I feel sluggish and in general, my stomach is very “full” feeling and I just feel lazy and unhealthy right now.
  • I’m sweating like crazy these days, and having to use men’s deodorant!  (Not in a hot-flash kind of way.  Just overall seem to have a high body temperature).

August 17 update:  For now, this topic will have to be put aside.  Over the past weekend I worked in my actual flower garden – in heat over 100 degrees.  I seem to have thrown off my electrolytes and am experiencing ongoing dizziness while I try to rebalance them.  It seems that changing too many things in my diet right now is not a good idea.

Will restart this experiment at a later time.