My First Vegetarian Victory

I had my first big test last night on my resolve to be vegetarian.  My wife and I went to a block party in Brooklyn.  There were chicken and sausages.  But there was plenty of vegetarian fare too.  My wife has been a vegetarian for over twenty years so the people hosting the party knew to make sure there was plenty of meat free fare to enjoy.  Most of the family didn’t know I’d just become a veggie so they must have been surprised!  So when I went to get my food I looked at the meat and wasn’t even tempted.  In fact I was a little revolted at the idea of eating it.  There was plenty of pasta, eggplant, broccoli etc.  I only needed a plateful.  It seems when you don’t eat meat you get satisfied more easily.  I’m also enjoying not having to put up with that uncomfortable bloated feeling that often comes with eating meat.  Especially red meat. 

I feel more secure and confident in my new vegetarian lifestyle.  Confident that I can maintain this.  Confident that I will never eat meat again.  It’s now over a week since I decided to give up meat.  I don’t miss it at all.  I haven’t had any craving at all for any of the meat I used to consume.  I don’t even miss bacon and I thought I’d miss that most of all.

I’ve also given up dairy milk.  I discovered coconut milk.  It actually tastes better than dairy milk.  I’m looking forward to my first trip to Trader Joe’s as a vegetarian.  I’m going to try vegan cheese and butter.  I’m not sure I’m going to go 100% vegan but I’ll go as close as I can. 

I feel better now I’m not eating meat.  I feel better emotionally.  My conscience is clear knowing no animals have to die for me to eat.  I’ve always been an animal lover.  I no longer felt I could say that and yet continue to eat animal flesh.  I also feel better physically.  I have more energy.  People often think you need to eat meat to get enough protein.  But, in fact, animal protein is actually the worst protein you can have.  Plants have protein.  Nuts and beans have protein.  I also eat a greater variety of food since I gave up meat.  I’m looking forward to experimenting with new dishes.  I’ll be sharing more blogs on my new healthier lifestyle.

Going Vegan?

It’s now five days since I stopped eating meat.  I made my decision Friday night.  Ironically after eating a chicken tikka dinner.  At least my last meat dish was a good one.

I fully expected to miss meat.  Maybe even to crave meat.  After all, I’ve always been fond of a good burger.  Or a bacon and egg sandwich.  But so far, nothing.  Even typing this out didn’t even give me a twinge of regret.  I guess my mind and body are really in sync on this!

It really began last Wednesday.  When , without realizing it at the time, I had my last burger.  It was a Wendy’s Baconater.  I’ve always loved a bacon cheeseburger and Wendy’s are one of my favourites.  Were one of my favourites.  But not any more.  So at least my last meat burger was a good one.  There’s a theme forming here…

Originally I had intended simply giving up meat.  Then I thought ‘I can give up eating cows and pigs, but maybe if I’m at a restaurant that has limited veggie options I can eat chicken.  Them the thought of eating chicken turned my stomach.  And I knew I would never eat meat again.

What I didn’t expect was the thought of going vegan.  It simply seemed too much hassle.  But as I started following people who are vegetarian on Twitter and Google +.  I started seeing all the stuff about dairy farming.  And I wanted no part of that either.  So last night we went to our local Stop and Shop and I bought a carton of So Delicious coconut milk.  I tried it on my cereal this morning and I really liked it!  So now I’ve given up cows milk too.  We have a Trader Joe’s store not far away.  They have a huge variety of vegetarian and, I believe, vegan food.  Maybe I’ll get to try some vegan cheese and butter.  After all, if I’m going to do this, I might as well do it right!

Right?

Not bad for a man who once told his wife she will never get him to go veggie.  She’s been a vegetarian for over twenty years.  I’d made sure she wouldn’t try to get me to change my diet.

I loved my burgers.  And bacon.  And shrimp.  And even while typing this I still don’t feel the slightest urge to go back.  Last night we did our first shop as joint vegetarians.  It was fun and really eye-opening to see all the non-meat food options available in a regular store.  And meat eaters think all we eat is vegetables!

I have my first big test coming this Saturday.  We’re going to a block party.  We went last year.  There will be plenty of meat dishes to try to tempt me.  It’s/mainly Italian food so there will be veggie dishes too.  Pasta.  Eggplant.  But will those meatballs and sausage and chicken dishes try to tempt back to the Dark Side?  I’ll tell you all about it in a blog on Sunday. 

Until then, happy good eating fellow vegetarians and vegans!