I am a vegetarian. I have been for a little over 2 and a half years.
When I did eat meat I rarely ate red meat, never ate pork and stuck with mostly chicken and turkey. Then one day I watched the documentary Food Inc. I saw some incredibly disturbing things and was completely turned off by meat and most animal products. I even stopped eating eggs for a long time. I am not opposed to others eating meat, and I will even cook it from time to time, it’s just my own personal choice to not eat it.
Lately I have been feeling… off. I don’t know exactly what it is… boredom, curiosity, lacking nutrients? something is going on.
I am tired of feeling like I am not eating an actual meal. A girl can only eat so much yogurt, cottage cheese, pb&j and boring salads. When I do feel like I have had a meal it usually consists of fries and a veggie burger. Not the healthiest choice.
I am curious about what will happen to my body when I eat meat. Lean protein. Will I feel tired and worn down from having that dense substance in my digestive system? Or will it make me feel fuller longer therefore I will eat fewer calories and start to get leaner. Will my training benefit, hurt or nothing change after eating meat.
I am a bad veggie consumer. I just don’t eat them. Fruit, I devour. Veggies, not so much.
I don’t cook. Maybe when I am in my new house I will make time to cook, but for now I eat things that are easy, ready on the fly and, unfortunately, probably over processed.
I want a turkey sandwich for lunch. Or a piece of chicken and asparagus for dinner. See, nothing drastic… Not a rib-eye with a side of veal. ew. that’s nast.
And I am not saying I want to go all “Bacon for breakfast, turkey for lunch and steak for dinner.” I think I would want a mostly vegetarian diet and have an occasional meat product.
When I first stopped eating meat I read a lot about food. One book was Michael Pollan’s “Food Rules.” It it, he said something that is really resonating with me.
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
That’s what I think I want. To eat whatever I want, not too much of it, and still keep a mainly vegetarian diet.
Why won’t I just do it then?!
Am I going to get sick?
maybe, maybe not
Am I going to be judged and harassed?
I don’t know about judged but harassed? 100%. I get harassed now for not eating meat. I would bet money that those same people who bust my balls now will be even worse if I change my eating habits.
I am and have been going back and forth for weeks now. I am working towards a decision. Hopefully sooner than later.
Have any of you ever been in this or a similar situation? Any words of advice?