I’ve decided. Thirty-one days without meat.
I have been thinking about the vegetarian lifestyle for years but never really had any real motivation to try it. I thought it would be too inconvenient. I thought I would not get the protein that I needed in my diet. I was really just too lazy to think about it. But over the past 24 hours all I’ve done is think about it.
What am I going to eat?
Truth is, there are many days when I don’t eat meat without even thinking about it. Yesterday, I had a slice of wheat bread with peanut butter and some yogurt for breakfast, a can of soup (white beans and a ham-like substance) for lunch and eggplant parmesan for dinner. I also had cheese and crackers for a snack.
I’ve been doing some research just to see exactly how difficult this is going to be. Tofu? Tempeh? Lentils? Meatless crumbles? Should my home be a meat-free zone or should I still buy and prepare it for the kids? Are there always vegetarian alternatives when I go out? Questions, questions and more questions. I’m sure I’ll figure it out.
I did find some really interesting recipes to try and I’m realizing that I would eat this stuff anyway: cheese lasagna, stuffed Portobello mushrooms, veggie pizza, spicy rice and beans, veggie fajitas, etc.
I don’t know what is going to happen at the end of the 31 days. I want to see if I lose any weight and I want to see if there is any difference in how I feel. I’m going to record my progress in a journal and I’ll probably post updates here.
I'm going to miss my wings.