My participation in National Vegetarian Week went fairly well. I stumbled on Monday when I ate turkey empanadas for dinner (only because Sheri’s greedy behind ate all of my vegetarian ones) but I sailed through the middle of the week, even with my roommate tempting me with rotisserie chicken, and then faltered on Thursday. I was discouraged by the second “cheat”, but I used the opportunity to examine why I wasn’t doing well with a diet change I assumed I would excel at.
I jumped into the new eating plan with little forethought and with virtually no preparation. I saw the trending topic on Twitter and jumped right in. I hadn’t been grocery shopping for the week and hadn’t collected any recipes to try before I decided to participate.
As I mentioned, I didn’t go grocery shopping before I started the challenge. I also work part-time and find myself eating meals outside of my home a few times a week (a habit I’m trying to stop). I also spent the later part of the week traveling, by car, to and from North Carolina. The only place to pick up a quick, well priced, balanced vegetarian meal is Chipotle. If there are any others I don’t know about them, it’s salad, or I don’t like them. I also found myself relying heavily on carbs and cheese, which isn’t conducive to weight loss. I didn’t decide to make the switch based solely on weight loss, but the fact that there hasn’t been any lbs lost this week is disheartening.
I don’t have any vegetarian/pescatarian friends or family. Everyone in my life is a proud carnivore. When I would tell people that I’m abstaining from meat I was met with a blank stare and a, “What’s the point of that?” I got asked that enough times that I started to wonder myself what the point of all this was. Also, starting this challenge the week of Memorial Day a.k.a. the kickoff of BBQ season, was a little naïve on my part.
Despite this, the fact of the matter is that I feel WAY better when I eat less meat and more vegetables, so I will continue to do just that. I won’t eschew poultry, pork or meat but it certainly will not be the center of my meals. I might even attempt another stretch of vegetarian eating in the near future or even vegan. I mean I am supposed to “tri-anything” right? J