Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Venture into Vegetarianism

On my 30 before 30 list (no, I haven't forgotten it...just haven't really worked on it much), one goal was to be a vegetarian for a week. I am appalled by many of the slaughter practices here in the US and am frequently grossed out by the look of meat, but convenience has hindered me from making the switch in the past. I'd hate to be the one that made menu planning so much more restrictive. And in all honesty, I'd really be a pesceterian...but since the hubs is allergic to shellfish, that severely restricts the things we could eat together. Friday evening at dinner, though, I realized I hadn't had any meat since Thursday at lunch. I figured this was a good time to go ahead and give this (pesco) vegetarian thing ago.

Thus far, it's been fine. I haven't missed meat at all. The hubs's birthday is coming up on Tuesday, and we had some people over for dinner tonight. He grilled steaks, but I had enough roasted veggies and and broccoli casserole, I did not want for any meat. Yesterday, I was out shopping with my mom and sister, and I've never been more thankful for Wendy's baked potato and side salad.

For the rest of the week, I've got leftover spanakopita, veggies and hummus, and greek yogurt for lunch. Dinner is up the air right now...I have three different performances I'm involved in this week, so it's going to be a bit frantic, but have enough on hand that I can throw together some quick dinners.

So what's the point of this? To prove I can do it, if to no one else buy myself, and to see how restrictive this type of diet really is (or isn't). After this, I've talked to the hubs about cutting back on our meat consumption and when we do eat meat, make sure it is organic/humanely slaughtered meat. So we shall see just how this influences our eating habits.

Edit: I did it! I made it through the whole week.

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