Oct 7, 2009

My first week as a vegetarian...

HELLO!  I am excited to tell you about my first week as a vegetarian, but first this announcement:

I am still fat.  I stepped on my scale, and it flipped me off, sucker punched me and ran away laughing... later I saw it sitting innocently in my bathroom trying to convince me to step back on... I didn't do it.

Just had to get that off my chest.  The first week of any new habits are full of ups and downs.
So, first of all... let me start by saying that being a vegetarian isn't very difficult.  I have seamlessly transitioned into meatless eating, and other than the few (many) friends who have gently teased (made fun of) me about my different (freakin' weird) approach to all of this, especially those who know that I thought giving chickens more room to dance and exercise, at the expense of farmers and the public was DUMB, this week has been great!
(hmmm, run-on sentence... )

The top 5 things I have learned about being a vegetarian
1.  There is protein, complete and incomplete in A LOT of good, yummy, filling foods...
2. The suggested amount of protein in a day, min. 60g - IS A LOT OF FOOD, if you don't eat meat or tofu.
3.  Anything that looks like meat, is trying to be meat, or is called Chik'N... is gross, and full of sodium, and gross, and makes me gag, and did I mention that it is gross?  So, I can't eat that particular source of protein.
4.  Being a vegetarian has made me feel slightly obsessed with getting enough protein, which I never really thought about before, but is really important since I already tend to become anemic at the slightest provocation... which makes me feel obsessed about getting enough protein.
5. I really really like beans, broccoli, onions, cauliflower, carrots, celery, snap peas and bell peppers... but a part of living with me as a vegetarian, would be living with my "adverse external reactions" (thanks Edgar)... also known as "be careful, that thing is loaded".  Personally I am doing well with most of those foods, even the beans, but the broccoli.. GOODNESS gracious (but, who needs a colon cleanse?!)

So here is a run down of the good, bad and ugly:

Good:
I really do feel more energetic and less "swollen"
My favorite vegetarian/ omnivore cross-over meal was the baked potato soup I made (YUMMMY!), which I made with vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and served the bacon crumbles on the side... (this is a theme to veg/omnivore cross-over meals - ON THE SIDE)  mmmm comfort food!
The other favorite dish I had was not intended to be a "vegetarian" dish, but a good friend Kim made the yummiest dip... which I am going to share, which was almost impossible to resist.

Corn Salsa
1 bag frozen corn 16 oz, thawed and drained, 2 cans sliced olives,1 small red pepper,1 small onion, 5 garlic cloves, one can (drained and rinsed black beans)
1/3 cup olive oil,1/4 cup lemon juice,3 tbl vinegar any kind,1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
4-5 avocados
Mix first 6 ingredients
Mix next 5 in a bowl for dressing
Mix together, then add dice avocados

Serve with tortilla chips.

We had it during Bible study the other day, in the morning... it made my tummy happy!
Oddly enough I had NOT ONE craving for meat this whole week... other than almost accidentally eating some bacon...

THE BAD:
There is meat product in A LOT of what I eat... so I did have to go to the store and replace things I didn't think about.
I realized halfway through the week that I am not drinking enough water... got to keep trying!
It is a little more difficult than I realized to create successful, yummy "cross-over" meals without cooking for  longer than I normally do.

THE UGLY:

These make me feel like throwing up.  The chic'N patties were offensively laden with sodium and GROSS!
For unknown reasons, when I eat the "crumbles" I was doing fine until I got a mouthful, and then the gagging started... blech.
Protein is really important for muscle development.  I really need to eat enough, especially since I started some strength training.  Gonna have to keep working on that one.

If you are considering a vegetarian lifestyle, or if nothing else are interested in cutting back on your meat consumption, I would vote YES in favor!  At this point, I am not sure how often I will be eating meat in the near future... I really like a meatless life... more later!

Bye for now!


2 comments:

  1. I should try this, the energy part sounds real good about now:) Glad it is working out mama:)

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  2. So no tofurkey this Thanksgiving then????

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