Today marks Day 5 of eating no meat whatsoever! Just a quick update on how the “meatless” thing is working out.
My first New Year’s resolution of 2013 was to “Eat vegetarian… most of the time,” directly referring to my weekday vegetarian diet I’d be adopting to (1) eat healthier, (2) help the animals, and to (3) help the environment—the first one is truly the most important one to me, I just get to add in #2 and #3 for fun.
I started my weekday vegetarian diet on January 1, 2013 with the support of my mom, who also took up the vegetarian diet with me. I only went in knowing one thing for sure: I wouldn’t be eating meat from Monday–Friday.
The weird part is what I discovered from my five-day (and counting) journey!
#1 – Adapt and Expand
Not eating meat made me look towards other foods to fill the void, many of which I would’ve never tried! The funny thing is that I never considered myself a veggie lover—in fact, I was the opposite! I preferred chicken over chickpeas any day. But now, I’ve tried so many new foods! From eggplant to mushrooms to soy meats and cheeses! (No one in their right mind would eat chicken-less chicken unless they were vegetarian.)
#2 – Culinary Creativity
Becoming vegetarian served as a great excuse to try familiar foods in new ways. Maybe you could substitute your regular mozzarella cheese for soy cheese on your homemade flatbread. (That’s something I tried, and we couldn’t even taste the difference.) I’ve had my Starbucks hot chocolate and my morning cereal with organic soy milk instead of cow’s milk, as well. And then there was the mini-tostada on smaller, healthier vegan chips!
#3 – I feel better
Surprisingly, I feel a lot better today than in 2012, when I’d have meat. The only thing you have to get used to is eating a little more, since vegetarian meals tend to have fewer calories than meals with meat. Now that my body is getting used to not having meat, I feel like I’m starting to have more energy! Not only that, but I haven’t had digestive problems.
Maybe you should try a vegetarian meal out sometime! Every Monday is Meatless Monday, if you’re interested!