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I'm gonna be a vegetarian!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Well - at least try it out for a week or so! I'm really excited about this and I feel like it's been a long time coming.

Since joining spark people, I have really cleaned up my eating. Like a lot. I never buy frozen foods anymore. If there is a hydrogenated oil listed in the ingredients, I stop buying that product. I make things from scratch like granola and marinara sauce. Well, as a result of me cleaning up my eating habits, I've just naturally started eating less meat. It wasn't really on purpose, just sorta happened. Now I say about 80% of my meals are vegetarian. So why not just cut out that last 20% and call it a day?

Well I'm going to experiment a little bit. I'm going to try it for a week. See - I still love to eat fish, and shrimp, and the occasional slice of bacon. So I don't want to set myself up for failure. Let's just get our feet wet for now.

In honor of this new quest, I went grocery shopping today to stock pile on meatless goodies. Man, grocery shopping as a vegetarian - It's fun! haha! I was in the produce section for at least 30 minutes, and by the time I left, my cart was nearly completely full! So I'm excited to try some new dishes, experiment and really see where I will go in this new meatless world of mine.

Oh yeah - you might be wondering why I am choosing to do this. Well, it's not just one reason. Obviously, I want to eat healthy and I think this is a great way to really incorporate more fruits and veggies into my diet. But also, the animal rights thing. It does bother me at times, I really just try not to think about it. I start to feel guilty otherwise and lose my appetite. And lastly, I am always up for a new challenge!

So if anyone reads this and is or has been a vegetarian and has any tips, comments, or recipes - Please share them! I'm eager to learn :)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GOGETTERME 6/23/2010 9:32PM

    I love and NEED my proteins so this would be really hard for me. My husband and I were eating more soy and now I don't want to so much because I'm at high risk for estrogen based cancers and soy might contribute to this. We have given up red meat pretty much and stick to fish/seafood and chicken. Just remember that you need to find good protein sources like beans and I guess soy (although it scares me now). I get so hungry if I don't have adequate protein and I can't exercise as well if I don't have some serious protein in the morning. Good for you, I don't think I could give up the animals unfortunately. I'm a PETA fan too but I'm WAY too much a carnivore to give up all meat.

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OHIOBRIE 6/22/2010 5:49PM

    Good luck! I don't think I could do it, but I definitely commend you for trying!

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CASSIECAT 6/22/2010 11:08AM

    I'm vegetarian. It didn't happen overnight, and I will still occasionally eat chicken, but never at home. Good luck with your efforts this week. :)

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EGRAMMY 6/21/2010 10:13PM

    I suggest Travelnista blogs on vegetables, raw foods etc.

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