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Going Vegetarian, Veg-Veg-itarian

As of August 16th I stopped eating meat. I am SO pumped about that because this means it’s the most successful “diet” I’ve ever been on. I realize it’s not really a diet but it’s the best word I could come up with (¯\_(ツ)_/¯). It’s now been just over three months since I started this little journey! There were a few stumbling blocks with going vegetarian and discoveries along the way, so let’s talk about it below. 😊

BTW – this is not intended to be judgy if you eat meat. Your body, your food, y’all!

Going Vegetarian

In the past, I experimented with different ways of eating. Gluten free, paleo, dairy free, etc etc. Every time I would try I would fail (pretty quickly too – I love cheese a lot). Recently we watched the most terrifying documentary I’ve ever seen – What the Health. Literally the next day I was going vegetarian.

This was anything but a cold turkey change, but honestly, most big things aren’t. When I got to two weeks without any meat I was over the moon (especially since I tripped up a few days into my attempt – RIP the Quesadilla Mexicano from El Señor) 😔 It’s really about habits, I found that that’s what needs to be worked on the most. We got rid of most of the meat in the house (Andrew’s not going full veg) and started working consciously at eating more plant-based proteins such as peas (you’d be surprised), chickpeas, beans, and Funyuns. Listen, it’s kind of an onion ring and you get 2g protein from them so step off.  

My big problem was that I kept thinking of all the things I couldn’t have. Biiiig mistake. My favorite burger from Five Guys. That Big Mac of massive, I can only eat half of it, burger. Pepperoni pizza. Breakfast burgers with bacon. I was really into burgers apparently. Now that we’re talking food, let’s jump into…

going vegetarian cookies

These are vegetarian cookies. They’re extra points too since they look like fruit!

Restaurants

Going to restaurants was a bit of a chore early on. I started researching to make sure that there was at least one vegetarian option. Reviewing the menu options made me realize just how much meals revolve around meat. It made me feel like I was being very silly changing what I ate, even though I know plenty of people go vegetarian every day. For example, I researched Chili’s and ended up trying their cheese enchilada thing…eh. However we checked out Greek Fiesta and their vegetarian pita was AMAZING. It’s just a matter of finding the right spot and right (yummy) food.

So basically what I’m saying here is: research before going to a restaurant if you’re worried. Or just go to Zinburger, who has the B E S T vegetarian burger I’ve ever had. Be sure to add a fried egg and goat cheese to it as well. If you’re not vegan, that is.

Three Months In

There are still times that Andrew has to remind me that I was not supposed to eat meat. And he’s not the vegetarian 🤐. However, I’ve really enjoyed the change overall. I feel less tired, I think my skin has cleared up a teeny bit (could be confirmation bias or my new skin care routine though), and in a little more of a TMI fashion, my tummy gets less upset. I changed stomach to tummy so it wasn’t as possibly gross. I do hope it helped.

Regardless of all this, I’m definitely not trying to encourage anyone to switch. Your body, your choice, your yummy burgers (give me one). It’s been a fun journey so far and I’m excited to continue eating vegetarian and discovering more fun(yun) foods in the process!

Wishing you delicious burgers (vegetarian or not),

Shantelle

PS – If there’s one tip I can give, don’t go to Subway for their “vegetarian” sandwich. It’s basically lettuce. I don’t think they realize we aren’t rabbits. All we need are some carrots.

PPS – You should totally try switching out pepperoni on pizza for banana peppers. It’s amazing whether you’re going vegetarian or not. Anecdote: our pizza place wants to try it now. I get 4 extra cheese toppings with it. I’m not joking.

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