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I am so glad I did this challenge! We're one week out of it, just a bit over. Last week was pretty hectic, and I definitely didn't stick with being meatless the first week of April, partially because we needed to use up eggs and tuna that were in the house. Now, we're back at it.
I loved the challenge. It reminded me how difficult it can be to be vegan, but also how easy in many ways. There was one day that we went out for sushi and I had some tuna sushi, and some veggie rolls, and the flavors that really stood out were in the veggie rolls. I thought that change in my taste buds was really interesting.
I probably won't continue to be strictly 'vegan', simply because sometimes I find myself in really difficult food situations and its more important for me to keep my blood sugar level than to be strict with what I'm eating, but I'm really enjoying the new changes. The DH seems to be happy, too!
Recently I purchased one of Happy Herbivore's weekly meal plans and am really liking it. Tonight we had black bean burgers, baby carrots, and a small salad. Tomorrow morning we'll have blueberry crisp for breakfast, and mock tuna wraps for lunch, and some veggie pad thai for dinner. Yum! Oh, and there's vegan chili in the crock pot :D
I know now that I know nothing.
seeing this post reminds me of when i started my meatless journey. it actually took me years to reach vegan but i'm now vegan and have been able to reduce mt blood pressure medication and hope to eventually eliminate it. the hardest thing you will have to deal with is eating with friends and extended family. you should be changing the way your immediate family eats as well. so don't cram it down anybodies throat and just keep on trying to find the recipes that work for you and over time plant based foods will take over and you will have more room in the fridge when you get there.
I was not 100% meatless. I ate fish a couple times and chicken once on purpose. I inadvertently ate meat one other time, because someone else had cooked and I forgot to verify the ingredients.
In my everyday life, I don't feel "called" to become a full vegetarian (or vegan). I enjoy meat or fish once in a while. But I find meat rather expensive to purchase, and I don't particularly like cooking it, so choose to be "flexitarian."
I pre-ordered The Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook, which arrived on Thursday. I am excited to try out some of the recipes!
I was not meatless but ate many more meatless meals than ever before and found some recipes that will be keepers. I am very happy with what I have achieved and I want to continue. I feel this is just the beginning.
So, how did it go? What did you learn from the Meatless March Challenge? Did you stick with it? (Psst, we still have one day left!)
I have successfully broken the habit of always having a sweet treat after dinner. I've had a couple of treats, but I didn't feel like I HAD to have them. I had a small portion and felt satisfied.
I feel like eating more protein has helped me keep my snacking under control.
Those were my goals, so now I want to hear about yours! Tell me all about your goals, your struggles, and, most of all, your successes!
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