Monday, April 12, 2010

The Time Since Lent...Am I a Vegetarian Now???

So its just been over 7 days now since Lent, and I wonder if anyone is wondering how that went, if it went, is it still going???  Or possibly no one cares.  Oh well, I am going to tell you anyway.

I went 46 days without meat (or seafood) and while I never ate a lot to begin with, I could have it if I wanted it, and I more or less stayed to turkey, ground or otherwise, fish and sometimes chicken.  Sometimes beef came into play but mostly while in social situations be it a date, a running social event or out with friends.

Easter morning I got up and put 3 thin slices of turkey on my egg white fakemcmuffin at home.  Then at lunch I had about 4 oz of link sausage (bbq (no sauce though) at hospital with mom).

On Monday morning, I felt 'off' and guess what?  No bathroom.  Stupid meat.

From Tuesday to Friday, I managed to eat 2 boneless chicken breasts, usually sliced thin (never a whole one at once; too big!) and never more than one serving of meat per day.   Thats it. 

I did buy some chicken salad from WFM and put a tiny smidge of it on a sandwich thin for my lunch today along with sliced avocado and sprouts...I love WFM chicken salad...what can I say?

Obviously eliminating meat for that time was for the most part (90%) easy as pie.  And to be honest as much as I might have kidded around about eating a whole cow or something...I havent even had beef, nor do I want least not right now.  After that first day I knew that my WOE had completely taken a change in direction.  I feel so so so so much lighter without all that in my just makes me feel gross...and I see, 'fresher' might be the applicable word maybe...

And for new readers, and I know you're out average diet consists of:
  • fruit
  • vegetables
  • whole grains
  • non-meat alternatives (like Boca/Morningstar etc)
  • ground turkey
  • fish/seafood
  • eggs/dairy
  • 'green monsters'!  I no longer use yogurt to make these but instead Silk/Almond Breeze, and adding so much spinach it kind of freaks me out how much sometimes!!!
I RARELY eat pasta, even the whole grain kind.  If I had to guess it would be that I would say I eat pasta 3 times a month?  If that.

I guess I can officially say that I have indeed become an 'flexitarian' vegetarian, which is what I figured would come of the experiment anyway.  My body craves fresh veggies, beans, fruits...I mean a craving for something do deep within, it sometimes takes over!  Hey that reminds me of something else...but I digress ;o)

If anyone is the least bit interested in maybe even just cutting back on the meat in their eating lifestyle, here is an excellent read for you!

7 Steps to Eating Less Meat Now


Melissa said...

I did the vegetarian thing last year to see how long I would last. Surprisingly I stayed meat-free for a year & I felt ah-may-zing! I completely understand how you crave the healthy foods. I discovered Almond Breeze during that time also, and I haven't switched back to regular milk since! I'm back to eating meat here and there, but I kinda miss how healthy I used to feel. Congrats on your new flexitarian lifestyle :)

Matt (No Meat Athlete) said...

Congratulations on giving up meat for so long, and thank you for the link. :) I think flexitarian is a very healthy lifestyle, too.

Believe it or not, you're the first person I've seen who seems to care as much about getting to Boston as I did. I have no doubt that if you want it that badly, you'll find a way to get it.

Junie B said...

that does strike me as odd Matt! I dont know that i will ever get there...maybe if i can still run when I'm 60 :o)

and i love your blog so keep it up! us newbies need all the assistance we can get!