You don't have to "start all over." Everybody slips up once in a while. Think of all the good you have done in the four months and just continue on. Slip-ups can be learning tools as well. Now you will probably be more vigilant about foods like soups.
I rarely eat soup out anymore because even the so-called veggie soups have meat broths as a base. You will learn quickly that you can't always trust what the menu says. Ask questions when you dine out even when something claims to be vegetarian. It's your money, and if the place wants you as a customer, it will find a way to accommodate you. More and more restaurants are getting wise to how many more people are eating plant-based diets either full or part time. They will cater to people if there is a demand. Whenever I go out somewhere, I always ask for a veggie burger (with no egg because I'm vegan). When they say "no" I often tell them they should consider adding it to their menu. :D. Ok, I'm a little off track now, but you get the picture. You're still a vegetarian! It's not as if you did it on purpose. :)
I fell off the wagon a few times at first too (16 years ago, but I remember exactly what it was that pushed me off of it). Don't beat yourself up over it!
Feel better!! Good job on going 4 months! Keep it up!
Confession....there are times when I wish I could have chicken noodle soup. It looks so good, and seems so simple!! Amy's makes some no-chicken soup, but I'm guessing it's not like the real thing, or at least what I remember the real thing to taste like, haha.
I am feeling better (still coughing, but that takes forever to go away).
It was really sweet of my husband to bring me the soup at work, so I'm going to just focus on that. I also was able to find an instant leek soup that is vegetarian to keep at work for when I need something soothing to eat.
Thanks again for making me feel better about the slip-up.
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I am entirely unaware that there is a rule book or an external expectation that needs to be met. That's an enormous pressure you're putting on yourself, as though there were a perfect way to "be" a vegetarian. If I put that kind of judgement on my journey towards eating a vegan diet, I'd be miserable. You have nothing to earn back and nothing to be guilty for, in my opinion. So you won't eat that egg drop soup again. You sound lika a strong woman committed to her healthy diet. So you go, girl!
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I think most if not all of us have had situations like this. It is not the occasional fall but the trend of your steps that determine your lifestyle change. I applaud you in following your convictions when it differs from those you live with. I have it easy as my husband and kids eat the way the I do.
You have a thoughtful husband. Hope you feel better soon!
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No, you don't have to earn anything back. It's just a mistake. I can't tell you how many things I've done before I've thought about it (not strictly food). The fact that it was your favorite sick food before you went veg explains an automatic response kicked in when you saw it.
I'm still transitioning and still eating up some stuff I bought before I decided to do this. But I am serious about it. I've also bought everything I need to get started and picking up a few items that are nonessential but nice to have. You'll get over it and I think you're serious too. Just pick up where you left off.
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Blame your lack of awareness on the TheraFlu and feeling sick!
Be glad that your husband thought about what might make you feel better.
I always ask what's in food before ordering at a restaurant because I don't want chicken broth and it's a frequent addition to what otherwise "sounds" veg'n. Some of the restaurant servers are surprised to learn it's not veg'n with the addition of chicken stock in a rice dish or a bean recipe. Minestrone might have beef broth as a base. Onion soup has been suggested to me as a veg'n option but it always has beef broth in restaurants! Your husband (like many servers) might not have thought of soup as meat. It's a "live and learn" lifestyle.
Feel better soon!
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I guess the thing that strikes me is you seem to think of being vegetarian as primarily a situation where you need to avoid eating meat. I prefer to think of it as a choice where I eat and enjoy the great nutritional variety that is not meat. In our family the girls are vegetarians, me and my dd who are both in college, and the boys eat meat. It can be tricky.
I hope that your guilt is not making you more ill than you started being.
A temporary set back is not worth the pain and agony that we put on it with adding the guilt. I hope your sinus congestion and overall dis-ease is soon behind you. Noone is going to beat you up because you feel off the wagon.. Jump back on and feel good about yourself.
My oldest child and I are vegetarian, but my husband and other two children are not. While they all happily eat the vegetarian meals I serve at home, the non-veg'ns eat meat at school and when they dine out.
Yesterday I woke up with horrible sinus congestion. I spent the morning at work continuously sipping tea and sinus/cold Theraflu. At lunch, my husband surprised me with egg drop soup (my favorite "sick food" before I went vegetarian). I didn't even think about it until I was half way through the container.
Now, of course, I feel terrible. I've done so well the past 4 months with not eating any meat or meat byproducts. Now I feel like I have to start over and earn my vegetarianism back.
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