Vegetarian month was awesome! I LOVED it!! We will be doing it again in January. My eating has changed dramatically and part of me REALLY wants to become a vegetarian. But, it's not going to happen. Too much prevents it for me, at this point in my life. But, vegetarian meals now play a much bigger role in my life. For the month of August, I think I've cooked meat three times thus far. I've eaten it more out, for sure, but at home--many more veggies.
I've got a ton of new recipes I want to try, as well as a bunch of red lentils, french lentils, barley, black beans, quinoa, and other random stuff in my pantry. I made more falafel this month and it is fantastic.
My body has also really decided it likes vegetarian food. I have not felt near as good in August as I did in July. I've had lots of issues and have been more tired and have lacked energy and concentration. This last week really enlightened me--the conference was in town, which meant my busiest week of the year. My food choices were not my own (mostly). I did make turkey sausage, "egg," and veggie burritos for the week as I needed something extraordinarily filling for the mornings. But, my tummy complained--so much so that I had to take pepto in the mornings before eating them. I was thrilled to get back to you yogurt and berries. But lunches were at the conference. One day, after feeling yucky and really not thrilled about the bacon wrapped, cheesy-filled, artery clogging chicken, I ate three salads for my meal. They had roasted tomato halves, roasted red onion, and asparagus. Eaten with the vinaigrette, they were phenomenal. I didn't even want the dessert.
But anyways, I digress...
So, did I reach my goal? Yes. I am much more comfortable cooking vegetarian recipes and incorporating more food in my diet. I am eating healthier and less, my body is functioning properly, and I've been loosing weight.
How has it changed me? I am much more opened minded about food (as long as there are no mushrooms or tofu)! I am happier eating this way and I want to continue it. I have begun to consider health over low-fat or low-calorie.
Friends were fascinated by our experience. Some thought we were crazy, some were impressed, and one even joined the fun. Another friend sent us an interesting article that put into words some of what was going through my head when I decided to do this. The article is about gluttony, but it touches on being willing to give up things, or at least consume less.
All that to say. Veggie month was a success and I highly recommend it to people. Choosing to forgo meat for one month is doable for anyone. Open your mind. Experience something new. And learn.
And for something completely unrelated...here's a photo of the Tennessee River taken from the helicopter this past week...