Hi everyone! I hope it’s as beautiful where you are as it is here. We’ve got our air conditioner off and the windows open, and it feels fabulous. Before I get to my reflections about the week without meat, here are some of my eats from yesterday.
When I got hungry for lunch, I looked through in the fridge and noticed the last of the basil pesto staring at me. So I cooked up some pasta, and had some pasta and pesto.
Man, I missed this! And I’m going to miss it this winter :-(
Then we went to the Super H Mart. I couldn’t really try a lot of the samples, because they were mostly meat. And I sure as heck didn’t sample these:
Dried sardines. Oddly enough, there were a lot of people sampling these. I opted to simply photograph them ;-) I did come out with some great produce, as always, and some rice cakes (love those things!).
Dinner was a little tricky, because my dad was cooking and I don’t think he really *gets* the concept of being vegetarian. His plan was to barbecue some chicken and heat up a squash casserole, thinking I could just eat the casserole. Yeah, it’s a good thing I’m not really a vegetarian!
Anyway, I decided to combine the squash casserole…
…with some whole grain rice and chick peas…
…and top with some mozzarella cheese.
This actually turned out very well, and I was really filling. I didn’t even need the chicken!
After dinner, Morgan and I wanted to have a girl’s night before she has to go back to school (although I’m sure we’ll see each other a ton during school anyway).
We watched a really disturbing Lifetime movie (the most disturbing part was that it was actually based on a true story—so sad), and we baked cookies for a little cheerfulness.
Were these low fat or low sugar or low anything? No. Were they completely worth every single calorie? Yes!
These were the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve had since… the last time I made cookies with Morgan. She really makes the best cookies, but we haven’t made any since the winter. Everyone needs a little treat every once in a while, and it’s best if it’s a made-from-scratch treat, of course!
Vegetarian Week Reflections
- I realized this week, that I could never be Vegetarian by choice for a long period of time. This week was almost too much for me, and I found myself yesterday thinking “one little bite won’t be a big deal.” Luckily, I stuck to my promise to myself and went a full 7 days, but it was hard.
- I know now that I can feel full and satisfied without eating meat. It just takes a little creativity to get an alternate protein into my meals.
- Surprisingly, it was actually easier to eat less when I wasn’t eating meat. I think this was because my choices were narrowed down when meat wasn’t an option. An example of this was the Bunco night. I can pretty much guarantee I would have eaten way more if I’d allowed myself to eat meat.
- Even though I didn’t count calories, I lost weight for the first time since I got back from St. Thomas. I lost 1.6 pounds when I weighed Friday morning (my scale is at school, so I had to weigh before I came home this weekend).
So what am I going to take away from this? Like I said above, I don’t think I could have gone much longer without meat, so going Vegetarian just isn’t for me. I pretty much knew that when I started this, and really just tried this as an experiment. However, I did learn that I could go a day (or 7) without eating a serving of meat and I wouldn’t feel weak or pass out (yes, that was actually a fear of mine. I’m a bit of a drama queen about food, if you didn’t notice).
I’m just going to try to take this as a lesson that I really can eat healthfully and not feel deprived. Not one time this week did I ever feel deprived. This was a great lesson for myself.
I’m heading back up to school soon. I hope each one of you has a fabulous Sunday afternoon!