Throughout my journey of being a vegetarian last month I had one thought spinning through my head, and even my boyfriend Thomas did as well. We thought that when this was over, the first day back (April 1, 2013) we were going to celebrate by having a nice juicy steak with grilled vegetables and mashed potatoes. Did that happen? Nope. I was successful in not eating meat for the month so I am happy with that. There were a few days (a birthday/Easter) where I was tempted to call it quits for that one day and continue the next day but I persevered. On the last day when it was Easter I was having a mental fight with my brain and I actually didn’t want to eat the meat because I felt guilty. Haha 🙂 It worked to get me through though.
Thomas has decided to keep on going for a bit longer. As for myself, I did have a small portion of meat on April 2nd, but I’m not even craving it now. I guess when your body gets used to something, it doesn’t really miss the bad stuff.
I think that starting with the small goal (try being vegetarian for a month) has been a catalyst for me to do other things on my list. I’ve been exercising more, eating better, I’m training for a 5 km run and I don’t even crave chocolate that much anymore. (I’m a chocoholic so I think my brain is still scrambling to find a reason why I’m not eating as much chocolate as I used to).
Not eating meat for the whole month has made me feel a lot better, especially my body. I don’t know what it is, but I feel lighter and healthier. (the exercise is helping too 🙂 ) I don’t know exactly what will happen in the future, but for now I think I will treat eating meat as something to have on a special occasion. We will see how that goes. However, I will go back to eating fish since it has a lot of healthy fats/benefits for the body (salmon). It won’t be everyday, but a few times a week.
One other thing I noticed is that aside from the first week, I didn’t really go out to eat at all. I preferred to stay home and prepare my own meals. Not only did I save money, but I ate healthier. I’ve tried a bunch of new recipes, tried a variety of new foods and it has expended my knowledge.
I know that there is a time and place for everything. What I am curious is why did I finally start and succeed last month? And it wasn’t only with changing my eating habits, it was with getting fit as well. It could be because I am surrounded by people who are trying to lose weight. Or it could be something else entirely. In any case, I have started on an interesting journey and I am excited to see where it will take me.
Last month I embarked on being a vegetarian for a month to see what it is all about and why some people are really passionate about not eating meat/fish. So far it has been an eye opener and I can see why it’s so difficult on so many different levels. This experiment has also pushed me to get healthier and more active than I have been in the past. That’s not to say that I’m not an active person, but sometimes I need a little extra push on those long days where I just want to go home and just relax.
One thing that I always need to work on, but don’t really like to do is cardio. You can accomplish doing cardio through different activities such as running, swimming, aerobics, etc. In the past I used to hate running [remember all those forced runs in gym class? me too 🙂 ], but lately it hasn’t been that bad. When I go to the gym, I can actually run a decent amount before needing to change to another activity. I’ve tried to run outside, but it is a lot harder due to the elements. This spring ,however, I am going to be challenging myself to go outside my comfort zone by not only running outside, but also by training and participating in a 5km race.
Have I gone crazy? I don’t know, but for one reason or another I want to give running a second chance and see where it takes me. I love the outdoors and I tend to go on hikes, long walks, biking and other activities when it is warm. Why not try running for a change? Who knows, I might actually start to like it and run for fun instead of seeing it as an exercise. Let’s see where it take me.
Have you hated something in the past, but a few years later given it another chance?
It’s almost the half way point for my boyfriend Thomas and myself on being vegetarians for the month. Let me start off by saying that it is not as hard as I thought it would be. Granted I don’t eat that much meat to start off so that part isn’t that hard. I think one of the hardest things is not being able to eat fish as well. I miss my shrimp and salmon dearly. Hahaha. 🙂 I’m more of a fish person than a meat person.
I’ve definitely started to eat other foods that I don’t normally eat on a daily basis so it has opened up my palate quite a bit. One of the biggest frustrations I’ve been finding is when I go out to eat with friends and there aren’t that many options on the menu that are vegetarian. I mean the other day I went to Moxie’s with a couple of my girlfriends to meet up and catch up. Aside from having a salad there was only one other option on the menu that was vegetarian. I’ve been to a few other restaurants and they have had some selection when it comes to choosing something. It has really opened my eyes what vegetarians go through.
Another thing that I’ve found a bit of a challenge is not always being hungry. It seems that after every meal I am fine for a few hours but then I am hungry again. I think I need to find more foods that will fill me up more and for longer periods of time. Let’s see where the end of the month takes me. I know that I will be changing my eating habits further to get healthier for sure. 🙂
For those out there that are vegetarian, any suggestions of what foods keep you fuller longer?
No Meat for 31 Days
For the month of March my boyfriend Thomas and I are going vegetarian. That’s right, no meat for 31 long days.
Why you may ask? Well Thomas is probably doing it to support me and to make it easier. They do say that it is easier to do something if someone else is doing it with you, since they give you motivation and support when you need it most. I don’t really have a concrete reason for going vegetarian. Maybe it’s to challenge myself and see what vegetarians go through on a daily basis. It could also be my way of extending my palate into new territory of food. There are a lot of recipes out there that I have only started to discover and they don’t even have meat in them.
It won’t be easy since I do like to eat meat from time to time and I’ll definitely need to find new sources of protein to keep my body strong. I think doing this will not only challenge me to find alternatives, but really open my eyes to the other side and maybe I’ll start to understand why some go so far as vegan. (No meat, no dairy).
Let’s see where this goes and where we end up at the end of the month. I think what is really intriguing me is what I will do after the 31 days are up. Keep it going or go back to eating meat once in while? Hmm.
Note: Day one is going good so far 🙂