One whole week without meat! Honestly, it wasn’t terrible. It was much easier than I expected. (Yay for one fewer item left on my Thirty before 30 list!)
Since JD was out of town from Wednesday-Sunday of last week, I knew this was the week to do it! I didn’t want to subject him to going meatless as well. (I can’t deprive that sweet boy of bacon!) I also had a very busy week at work, including a night event Wednesday, an early morning catered brunch on Friday morning, and an all-afternoon outdoor event on Saturday. Some of these event opportunities allowed me to see what it would be like to be in a public setting and have to eat only what was provided. Especially on Saturday, the event served fried chicken, and with my heightened sense of smell, it was quite difficult to avoid the very yummy meat.
But, overall, it was a learning experience. In the beginning of the week, I realized I was eating a lot of carbs. Despite my usual lunch being meatless, at least one dinner night turned into: would I rather make an effort to make veggies or just eat cereal for dinner? On the night of my long event, I knew I wanted something very hearty and it was already past dinnertime, so I ran to Whole Foods and picked up a bunch of veggies and stocked up at the salad bar. I had an overflowing box of veggies plus tofu, which I quickly finished off once at home. I was worried it wouldn’t satisfy me, but I was quite full post-salad.
When I had more time on Thursday night, I made a very delicious and quick meal with the extra veggies I got at Whole Foods. Prep time was considerably faster with just veggies, I noticed, and I didn’t have any leftovers, which I loved. (I’ll share this recipe tomorrow.)
On Friday night, I had a few friends over for a vegetarian potluck. One particular friend had gone completely vegetarian over Lent, so she was a pro at what to make and even recommended a fun all-vegetarian blog. We had an interesting and healthy combo of foods that Friday night, and I’ll be sure to share them with you in the future Friday Feasts.
Overall, I’m so glad I tried it. I’m sure I could have gone longer too! Since I have PCOS as detailed here, the diet recommended to me is one with more rich vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and very few meats. So, I was prepared for this week more than I realized. But, it was a fun test… and I still can’t believe I didn’t cave over that fried chicken!