I’ve made it halfway through my week as a vegetarian and its becoming easier every day.
As usual, here’s my food diary:
- Scrambled eggs
- Orange juice
- Sub sandwich with provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, banana peppers on whole wheat bread
- Stir fry with brown rice, peas, carrots, cauliflower, red peppers, broccoli, peas
- Macaroni and cheese
- Corn bread
- Vegetarian pot stickers
- Salad with lettuce, cherry tomatoes, broccoli
- Passion orange guava juice
- Teddy grahams (I admit I love them- a favorite late-night snack)
- Ensure shake
Now I have to clarify. I’m by no means a huge meat eater to begin with, and while I do enjoy the occasional nibble of chicken or turkey, pork and red meat is usually a huge turn off. I haven’t gone into “meat withdrawal” during these last few days nor am I even craving meat. The difficult part of this experience so far is finding vegetarian-friendly food on campus, although Shaw Hall’s Captain Pea Pod’s Veggie-torium has helped with that search. The most difficult part, though, is finding the time to eat healthy vegetarian meals on campus with such a busy class and work schedule.
That’s why I’ve fallen back on not-so-healthy foods like cheese pizza this week. My goal for the rest of the week is to eat more complex carbohydrates and vegetables (I have always had an aversion to most vegetables), as well as healthy sources of fats like avocados, peanuts and nuts, as suggested by many of the blog comments. If you’re interested in tracking your own dietary guidelines, visit www.MyPyramid.gov to check out the new food guide pyramid and make sure you’re eating a well-rounded diet.
Today I had more hummus, which is made of a source of “good fat” and more vegetables through a salad, sub sandwich and stir fry. I ideally should increase my fruit intake, but overall I think I did a better job today than I have been doing. I think my entire diet has improved, not necessarily due to being a vegetarian, but because being a vegetarian has caused me to think about what I’m putting into my body more than ever before. I’ve made mistakes so far along the way, like worrying about not getting enough protein or thinking cheese pizza will satisfy a meal requirement. Still, I’m trying and I’m learning.
Information for new vegetarians can be found at http://www.vegsoc.org/newveg/index.html. If all continues to go well, who knows? This vegetarian lifestyle I’ve adopted may last longer than just this week.