Monday, January 9, 2012

Playin' Vegetarian - Game Over

I lasted about 5 days as a vegetarian and I have to say, I am a carnivore though and through.

I like steak and burgers and hot dogs and bacon and ham and even spam.

The idea behind this little experiment was to see if I would like being a vegetarian, if I could do it and if I noticed any health benefits.

I will be the first to admit that I am surprised at how much meat I consume (some meat something at almost every meal) and how little veggies I really eat. If left to my own devices I would eat cookie monster cupcakes, tater tots and chicken nuggets at every meal. At 12, that is one thing, at older than 12, well, that gives me heart burn.

In terms of health benefits, that is a tricky one. I clearly realize that I need to clean up my diet and introduce some foods into my diet that didn't come out of the frozen food aisle. I was crabby, but I didn't feel as sluggish. And everything seemed on schedule (yes, that is what I mean and no, there will be no further comment).

What is my take away? Eating fresh foods is hard. And expensive. It takes thought and planning. And effort. It is about better choices. When I announced I was trying to be vegetarian for a week, I had gobs of people offer me suggestions, recipes and general support. There are more options out there than a salad. I just need to take advantages of new foods and try something different.

I realized that it won't kill me to go meatless a day or two during the week, or instead of red meat, try some chicken or fish.

I think I can do that.

After all, I'm no spring chicken anymore.

3 comments:

  1. I love the Signature cupcakes too. Good for you for going 5 days. I'm trying to implement one meatless day a week myself and know how hard it is.

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  2. Don't cut raw food out completely...

    What's more expensive, eating healthy now or paying for those medical bills later? even if those fresh veggies suck, you can retrain your palate to enjoy them. I was like you, then i retrained my taste. now...i CRAVE fresh fruit, veggies, etc. When it gets expensive, i will buy much of my fresh produce at super walmart or trader joes!

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  3. ps: love the cookie monster picture, totally reminds me of my boyfriend when i try to get him to eat raw veggies etc. haha!

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