It has been exactly to the day 1 month that I decided to go Flexitarian in order to help with my health (I didn’t even plan this post to be to the day ) Then as part of my January Goals I decided to try to go full on vegetarian. Although I knew it would be hard after less than a month of being flexitarian and having never eaten like this before, I decided to jump in feet first. So for a full 14 days I’ve been vegetarian..only with 1 meal being non-vegetarian. That one meal was hard for me to have because I came so far, but it was mussels and it crossed a thin line of “meat” in my book. Although yes, mussels are considered non-vegetarian.
The first week and a half of being vegetarian was easy. I was cooking a bunch of great recipes I found for dinner, and kept my lunch pretty much the same as before (I rarely eat meat with lunch..usually salads). But now I’m starting to have the cravings, we passed by chick-fil-a and I thought…I really really want a sandwich! So last night I went out and bought soy chicken to curb my cravings, I haven’t tried it, but I’ve heard good things. I was proud of myself yesterday, because we had book club and one of the dishes had ham, and I ate around it; not eating any of the pieces.
My choice to try to be vegetarian has been strictly health related and not at all about the animal cruelty aspect. I understand both sides of the story, although it does sadden me to know that some of these animals are treated harshly. But eating meat doesn’t morally bother me. I’ve been struggling a lot with deciding if I can truly do this vegetarian thing, or if I’ll eventually call myself flexitarian only eating meat about 1-2 times a week (which might be good enough for me, because its mostly vegetarian). For the long term I want to at least be a flexitarian and keep that up for the rest of my life, because it is way healthier than the lifestyle I did have, and I want to keep that change in me. Being a vegetarian has become sort of a challenge in my mind to see if I can do it, and make sure I do eat vegetarian meals. I am going to try to keep it up as long as possible. I especially want to see the effects it has on my health when I go back to the doctors in March. But we shall see how long it lasts. Stay tuned.
So will I be Vegetarian? I don’t know…will I be Flexitarian? Definitely.