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Thursday, June 07, 2007
  Being Veggie is Easy!
I'm actually quite suprised, but becoming a vegetarian has actually been easier than I thought...
For the first week or two it was tricky, but I wasn't beating myself up... If I felt like some meat, I had it...
But over the past 3 weeks, I think I've only had just a bit of chicken (in some Indian food) after having a bunch of drinks.
To be clear, I'm an lacto ovo vegetarian, meaning I'm still eating eggs and dairy products. I may decide to cut these out at some point, which would make me a vegan, but I'm not in a big hurry to make that step, I want to really get it together with my current diet, make sure I'm getting all of my vitamins and nutrients, protein, feeling great, etc, before taking that next step...
Today was a test of sorts, I was at the Keg for lunch, and the special sounded awesome, a steak marinated in Guinness with fried onions, etc, OMFG, anyhow, I had a salad instead! It was great!
I'm typically having a bagel or toast for breakfast, either with peanut butter or an egg. I might also whip up a smoothie in the blender, using plain yoghurt, some fruit juice, whatever fruit we have on hand, mandarin oranges, strawberries, banana, whatever, they taste totally awesome!
Lunches could be a salad, a veggie burger, vegetarian chilli, a bean-based soup, veggie & bean curd w/ rice from Yueh's, a bean burrito, lots of options, especially in ethnic cuisine. I find by focusing on spicy foods as opposed to greasy foods you still can really enjoy you meals, but eliminate meat and fat...
Dinners have been sort of all-over the place. In order to make sure I'm getting enough protein, I've had plenty of nuts on hand, a few handfuls of peanuts or cashews or something can make a difference.
Just picked up a big jar of Protein powder - that stuff that body builders use... Anyway, something like 35 grams of Protein in 1 serving, you can make like a little glass of chocolate milk and wham, it's something like 30-40% of your required daily protein...
Anyhow, just wanted to kind of dump some of my thoughts about how things are going... My thinking now is that it's so easy, why doesn't everyone just do it?
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