So a bit of a late update about weeks 2-4, yes?
|Totally need to add some non-meat cook books to my collection|
+ For the entire duration of my challenge I had that overwhelming feeling that I had accidentally ate meat at a meal. The feeling would hit me at some random point during the day and I'd literally have a mini panic...recalling everything I'd ate only to realize/confirm that I hadn't ate meat. It was a terrible feeling thinking that the days I'd put in had gone down the drain because I had been careless and when I realized/confirmed that that wasn't actually so I was relieved. I felt this way during week one and thought it would go away during the rest of the challenge but it didn't. I'm wondering at what point that feeling goes away? Like, if you're a vegetarian/vegan/pescatarian after being a meat-eater...do you always have that feeling...is it engraved in you? I dunno. I even had a dream (on Day 19...I remember!) that I ate a chicken burger thinking it was a vegetarian burger and I was so bummed. I woke up feeling totally defeated and it was a few minutes later, while brushing my teeth, that I realized it was just a dream and I felt so relieved.
+ Actually avoiding meat wasn't as hard as I thought it'd be. Wherever I ate out there was always a suitable vegetarian option. I'd make and bring my own lunch to work on some days when I was unsure of what their options would be. I went out with friends for dinner to a sushi place and had an amazing all-you-can-eat dinner of sushi and sashimi...it was filling and delicious.
+ I did attend a baby shower and birthday party and in both cases the meat options looked far more yummy than the vegetarian options. It was in these moments that I had to practice extreme restraint. In both cases I think it was the smell that was tempting me...but I held strong. Thank goodness for cheese platters.
+ I had this idea that I'd cut out meat and lose a ton of weight. I think most people think that? Well, that didn't happen. That was the only real drastic change I made to my diet, everything else pretty much stayed the same...so I haven't suddenly lost 5 or 10 pounds. Back in February I was watching what I ate in general (not snacking as much, watching portion sizes, going easy on the sugar etc.) and I did lose a few pounds then...perhaps if I had been that conscious during March I would have shed a few additional pounds? But, a friend at work did say that I looked thinner, as if I'd shed some weight...so...I dunno.
+ I did find myself cooking more for myself during this challenge but I didn't experiment with different vegetables or incorporate them into my meals as much as I wanted to. I blame that on not really knowing what to do with them more than making, you know, a salad or something. There are a few cookbooks I wanted to add to my collection that would have helped but I didn't get around to picking them up. I did, however, just order this one yesterday and I can't wait for it to get here.
+ My cravings are normally for something salty but this month I definitely leaned more to sweets. I'm wondering if there is a co-relation between salty craving and meat? Definitely gonna google that.
+ Overall, giving up meat and eating like a pescatrian for one month was easier than I thought it would be.
So, today is day 31 and assuming I can make it through the next 7 hours I'll have successfully completed my 30 Day Pescatarian Challenge! Wow. As a life-long meat-eater I never thought I could actually do it. So what happens next?
Well, I talked about some of my hopes/plans for how I hope to incorporate meat back into my diet here and I pretty much still feel the same; I'd like to become an ethical meat eater. Will I be rushing out to eat the first meat thing I can find tomorrow? No. No I will not. That's surprising, eh? But after 31 days with no meat...and wanting to become an ethical meat eater...I feel like I want my first meat dish to be...special. I don't want to waste it on, like, a burger from McDonalds or something. Going forward, my hope is that each time I do eat meat it's like...an indulgence/treat. Something that I look forward to and savour. I know, I know. This might sound all kinda...maybe like I'm making too much of a big deal out of eating meat but it's just how I feel. I have some more thoughts regarding this whole meat eating thing and how I hope to approach it...when/if I can get my act together I'll write a post to share.
So, that's that. It's been an enlightening month and one that I hope will be the start of...a new lifestyle change for me.
Oh, and thank you all for sharing your thoughts and comments and own stories on my initial post.
(full disclosure: I did twice have my favourite spicy beef/chicken Mr. Noodles but I figure that's not real chicken or beef flavouring...is it? Oh well).