Sunday, January 27, 2013
A month ago today I ventured somewhere I thought I would NEVER go--the strange scary world of not eating meat. I'd done it on a dare of sorts too--it was supposed to be for 5 days. No dairy(no whey or casein protein-no CHEESE??), no fish(I had just celebrated a month as a pescatarian! No baked tilapia, no shrimp? NO SHRIMP??? ) Nuts, seeds, rice and almond milks, hemp protein...vegetables , coconut oil, tofu was to be come my food during this time. And as stubborn as I am...I made it through the five days and even added a sixth one. I did it I did it!
I had my daughter snap pictures of me before and after the vegan diet, and the difference was startling to me (as I blogged before ). Eventually I did start to eat my beloved tiliapia again, but something strange happened. I had lost my taste for it. I would concentrate on the sweet potato I'd brought as a side dish and added extra almonds for protein while leaving the tilapia barely touched. I remembered how I'd experimented with tofu back in the 90's and decided to give it another try and renewed my acquaintance with veggie burgers(so much better tasting now!) And even now, spicy organic vegetarian chili is sending its seductive fumes to my appreciative nostrils....
Eating this way has not had any effects on my workouts too-I am still quite the exercise nut, and feel really good overall. But even stranger is how I seem to have lost the desire to eat fish now, and am actively seeking out organic foods, not wanting pesticides or chemicals in my foods. Who would have thought a simple five day challenge could change me this much?
Never say never as they say...and I now watch Finding Nemo with a greater smile on my face. Fish are friends, not food!