It has nearly been a whole. entire. week. since Alex and I have decided to cut meat out of our diet completely.
In only 6 short days, I have noticed a few different things. Firstly, I feel a lot better. I honestly thought that it would take about a month for me to start feeling...something, if anything. Cutting meat out of my diet has increased my energy and stamina by 80%. Usually around 6pm I am falling asleep on the couch every day. Around my 3rd day of not eating meat I realized that when I got home from work I was (sometimes lol) being *gasp* productive!
Secondly, people take it real personal when you tell them you've stopped eating meat. I mean, really really personal. Two of my best friends (one who I've known for 15+ years) just took this news really hard. I knew this would be coming, but I expected it more from strangers than close friends. One told me she was gonna, "cut me off lol jk" (wtf?) and the other said in response to my choice to stop eating meat, "we're all gonna die anyway, why stop eating meat?" UMMMMM.....okay? And of course, I've got the ubiquitous question vegetarians are faced with: "where do you get your protein from?!??!?!" 4 or 5 times. All of this in less than a week.
Lastly, figuring out what I can and cant eat has been really hard. I've read that this becomes easier, which is good, but more than once I've found myself in a panic at the grocery store drawing a complete blank on what to have for breakfast/lunch/dinner etc. Before, I didnt really have to put much thought into my meals (which is sad, isnt it?) and now, I have to actually plan and read labels and take time to research, prepare and cook my meals. As an end result, I know this is better but it has still been frustrating at times. One good thing is, I have tried and eaten a lot more veggies than I'm used to, and I have made some amazing recipes! Below, are a few of my favorites
Roasted vegetable stacked enchiladas
Vegetable stir fry with peanut sauce
All in all, this has been a very interesting 6 days, and I'm really proud of Alex and I for our dedication to doing this.