I have decided to try out the vegetarian lifestyle... I've always been a lover of vegetables and fruits, and I have gone days without eating meat without realizing it. So, I decided to make it more permanent in my life. I am now a vegetarian.
I figured just jumping into being a vegetarian would be sooo simple. I mean, I've done it unintentionally before, so how hard could it be?
Note to others: if you want to be a vegetarian, take your time and ease into it!
It is day 2 and I almost want to quit because my stomach hurts so badly. After some research on the internet (which is 'always true!'), I have come up with the consensus that too much fiber is a killer for your stomach-- gas, cramps, diarrhea, you name it. Fortunately for me, I have just had some major cramps and insistent burping.
I have been trying to figure out what is going on when I stumbled upon this fiber theory. Apparently when you eat some fiber-rich foods such as beans, onions, peppers, and lentils, your stomach is not used to this idea and does not have enough of the right enzymes to break it down. And the only consistency that I can find in my two days of vegetarianism and the time of my stomach upset surround two of those ingredients: lentils and beans.
Yesterday, I joined my brother Nick and my mother at a little Italian restaurant in Georgetown, D.C. As I was trying to not drink alcohol or eat meat (they had both top shelf half-priced wines and beautifully aged prosciutto), I had few choices. So I went with the lentil soup and a whole wheat pasta with goat cheese, sesame seeds, and locally grown pumpkin and cream sauce. DELICIOUS! But halfway through I got sick and couldn't eat half of the pasta. I had to walk around Georgetown just so I wouldn't throw up. I didn't feel better until I got home.
Tonight, I decided to try out a new Spanish restaurant in Hagerstown. Apparently because it was new it didn't have any vegetarian dishes so I ordered rice & beans, and some plantains. Had the same problems by I time I made it home.
I'm finally starting to feel better almost four hours later. So anyways, lesson learned so I don't think I'll be eating fiber-rich vegetables over the next few days and hopefully everything will go better. If not, I think I have more pertinent health problems I need to tend to!
Otherwise, I feel great. I worked this morning, and then walked/ran two miles and got into the steam room. I think I may do some yoga and fall asleep early so I can work my double tomorrow feeling refreshed!