Becoming a vegetarian

Sunday, April 29, 2012

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

Eggplant Parmesan

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.
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    I too have kind of fallen into a vegitarian way of eating the last couple of weeks or so, I have not had milk, chees or eggs, scarey to think this could be veganas that sounds too radical for little old me. I am managing and I do feel a difference , all that veg is tasting so good these days, I am in love with cherry tomatoes and yams right now, I hope I can keep it up, I am still cooking for my son his ordinary meals and no one else knows , Its like a dirty secret as I just know I will get lots of nagging from all sides. I hope you all continue to feel great and i hope the same for myself too
    2206 days ago
    I have been flexitarian most of my life and just made the switch to vegetarian. I've spent a lot of the past year reading about it and decided the first of the month was a good time to make the change. So I did.

    And, as you said in your blog, I have found some people take it personal. It's funny becuase my daughters (16 & 6) and my husband are okay with it. The people that have actually had the most to say about it aren't even people that I go out to eat with or that I have over for dinner. So why are they so vocal about how "weird" it is??

    Anyway, enjoyed your blog! and good luck!!
    2207 days ago
    I have been a vegetarian for 8 years now.
    I went through a lot of emotional changes with family and friends, but I am happy and they now respect my decision.

    You might like for recipes

    Good luck!
    2212 days ago
    Watch out for being low in B-12 and other vitamins. It's hard to have enough if you cut out dairy and eggs. Cereals tend to be fortified, but if you don't eat dairy, you usually don't eat cereal. Eggs contain mostly good fats (Especially egg whites). I am not a complete vegetarian. I eat meat once a day. My B-12 is constantly too low. Soybeans (edamame) are a low carb / high protein bean. The podded soybeans may have less carbs. When you eat meat, they contain no carbs, but beans usually have a lot of carbs. You can usually find them in the frozen food section. The podded variety would probably be good in stir fry. The shelled soybeans taste like lima beans, and they are very filling. Your recipes look great. I hope you have better luck getting your vitamins. If you find a way to get enough, let me know. I only know to try supplements.
    2212 days ago
    Way to go! Sounds like it's been a great change for you to become vegetarian. It's so important for us to figure out how our bodies work and what we need to do to feel and be healthy. Best wishes on your continued journey!
    2212 days ago
    emoticon Thanks for sharing your weight management journey challenge! Keep at it. emoticon emoticon
    2212 days ago
    I just decided to go vegetarian too :) Your recipes look amazing
    2212 days ago
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