Sunday, 25 May 2014

30 Before 30 - An Update


To get back to the original reason that I started this blog, my 30 things to do before turning 30, I thought that I might try to knock another task off the list.  I went back to review the list and, after much deliberation, finally decided that for the month of June I will be going vegetarian.

To most, changing your diet to vegetarian for a month is no big deal - I am not most.  My appetite is constantly somewhere between 'hungry' to 'ravenous.'  If someone ever needs a breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack companion, even if I have just finished a meal, my usual response is 'Yeah, I could eat."  My love of eating knows no limits - to the point of actually getting anxiety after finishing a meal thinking about how long it will be until the next.  It's pretty crazy.  To top everything off, I am also a huge meat eater so the month of June is going to be interesting.

I wanted to try a vegetarian diet for a few reasons.  Number one to challenge myself, but also as a way to force me to incorporate more vegetables into my diet and to become better at planning my meals (I have a feeling that being a vegetarian takes lots of planning.)  I also know my own limits, so in order to preserve my sanity for the month of June, I will also be eating fish. (I know, I know - that is not vegetarian but pescatarian.)  Including fish into the diet may sound like cheating to a lot of you, and maybe it is, but I don't want to set myself up for failure right from the get-go.

Onward to a vegetarian-ish diet for the month of June! Let me know what you think, and if you have any tips or advice for my journey.

-Joëlle
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  1. I wish you the best with your vegetarian adventure! I was a vegetarian for three months with absolutely no meat and I love meat, but honestly it is not that bad, granted the first week or so adjusting to it can be very difficult and you'll have like crazy meat cravings but once you're past that your golden! My one tip would be to stay away from restaurants maybe for the first week or so, just to get past that hump without any temptation. xx.

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    1. Thank you for your words of encouragement - it's good to know that the hardest part will be getting past that first week. I am definitely going to try your advice and stay away from restaurants for the first little while!

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  2. I was a vegetarian for a year, mostly as a personal challenge similar to your own. I dreamed about hamburgers for the first week, but eventually it became pretty natural. Presently, I do eat meat again, but my year as a veg definitely challenged me to cook and eat things I never would have before (lentils, green smoothies, brussels sprouts, etc.) -- so, I'd say the experiment was a success overall.
    xx Abby a geek tragedy

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    1. Thanks Abby! I'm looking forward to the experimentation as well, and am hoping for a similar result that you had - a healthier overall diet in the end.

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  3. I'm not a vegetarian but I'm not a big fan of meat so most of the time I eat like one. I eat a lot of quinoa since it's a source of protein and it can be used in so many recipes - breakfast, lunch or dinner. I also always have unsalted nuts at work for a snack to get me through the day!

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    1. Quinoa for breakfast? I've got to try that! I love quinoa too, but currently only use it as a side dish - sounds like I need to expand!

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  4. Haha, I feel like we have so much in common! I could live off of burgers and fries, like, every 2-3 hours and not complain one bit. Salads?? NO THANKS. Every time I've tried to do a fast I've gone pescatarian, too. It's a big challenge for girls like us!

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    1. YES! Sounds like we're on the exact same wavelength. Good to know that I'll have a sympathetic ear when I'm into the vegetarian challenge and will no doubt be dreaming about bacon, haha!

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