I have always been one of those people who thought outside of the box. That is how I decided to become a vegetarian. Really outside of the box for someone who has spent the majority of their life in the south (red beans and fried chicken). It’s been on my mind for a while (we have all seen a documentary that has made us cry and nauseous at the same time). Normally, it just went in and out of my head, ruined by the smell of bacon or a baked turkey wing. 2015 though was going to be the year! All the things I said I was going to do, I was doing. Between getting married and my son graduating, my life was crazy and I felt it in my body. I had to start taking care of me more, that meant eating better and exercising more.
Over a reunion lunch with my friends,vegetarianism came up. Apparently, we had all thought about it. With all the bad eating habits leading generations to diabetes, it was the right thing to do (at least try). It was a challenge, but hey we have all lived through worse, let’s do it! The date was set, August 1, 2015 (we decided this in July). That week leading up to August 1st, I tried to eat every piece of meat that I thought I wanted. I don’t think I ever had so much meat in my life. Normally my day consisted of a shake for breakfast, maybe some bacon but usually something light. Meat never really came into play until dinner.
When the day came, it was a mental struggle. I was not prepared at all. I figured I could eat normal just without meat. It didn’t work that way, I attempted meatless Chinese food, vegetables and fried rice. I discovered it was not the same, but spring rolls (meatless egg rolls) were pretty good. My husband, being the supportive person he is, decided to do it with me (thank God). We decided to go shopping for more meatless food items. We found a whole section filled with the meatless alternative (bacon, meatballs, burgers, etc). I think my excitement was pretty visible to the people around us.
I still am in the experimental and learning stages. Taking a multivitamin and making sure I am getting my protein (eggs and shakes) are a daily requirement for me. The spaghetti with meatless meatballs was pretty good, I’m on the fence about the bacon. Even if you substitute one meal a day or one day a week, the effects on your body will be worth it. I feel pretty good too, not heavy after I eat, however I am hungry roughly every 2-3 hours (yay snack time). So 4.5 days in, I don’t know if it is going to be a lifestyle change or just something I tried. We shall see!
Peace, love, and health!