I am so excited that I have come this far! I have toyed with idea of going vegetarian for so long and now it’s become a reality! I am very proud of myself and proud of my husband. My husband joined me about 2 weeks into my journey. That makes things easier on me when I plan out dinner.
What was the most difficult part of becoming a vegetarian so far?
For me it is finding foods at restaurants that are vegetarian. I don’t like to cook every night for dinner and running out for a quick dinner is always appealing to me. It’s become much more difficult now to find foods that accommodate my diet. My go to take out has been I Hops spinach and mushroom crepes. YUM!
How long did it take me to adjust?
I went on a juice fast for 2 days. This helped kick start a healthier lifestyle. It wasn’t easy, but lived through it! 😉
The first week was really rough because I was still trying to find out what kinds of foods I needed and what substitutions I could make. I hate spending a lot of time in the kitchen so I wanted something fast and easy. I ended up eating a LOT of frozen dinners. Amy’s Kitchen has a lot of great options out there. I think I had cheese pizza a couple times a week in the beginning. Hey, it was organic! That’s gotta count for something right?
Do I miss meat?
NO! Not at all. I wanted to become a vegetarian for health purposes in the beginning. I don’t even like vegetables so I had no idea how this was going to work. Bad I know! I would have really bad acid reflux, GERD, you name it! My stomach HURT! I was in a lot of pain and read that meat slows down digestion and is very acidic in the body. So cutting meat out has helped and I don’t want to go back to that kind of pain if I can help it. Then I found a video on youtube about a boy who could eat 17 avocado’s … yea, it wasn’t just about eating avocado’s! That video changed MY LIFE! After that video I was able to do the juice fast and quit meat cold turkey! I have never looked back since and neither has my husband (yes I made him watch it 2 weeks into my own journey). So thanks to that video it’s been a breeze!
What is my biggest struggle so far?
My biggest struggle so far is eating enough. I get confused on what I want to try next. I get bored with food easily. So I find myself light headed and hungry most of the day. I have to actually write down EAT on my to-do list or I will just forget. I’ve always had that problem though. Homeschooling and parenting take most of my attention and I sometimes forget to take care of myself. My hopes are that with this blog you won’t have that problem. I hope to build up a healthy recipe index so that you don’t have to go through this yourself.
My next step is to add smoothies into my daily diet. I think they would be quick and easy and they are packed full of fiber and nutrients. Espcially greens! I use drink smoothies with spinach in them every day. It’s a habbit I really miss. I can tell a big difference in just a week of drinking green smoothies. However this time I will make some really fun smoothies (not just green) and include extra proteins and probiotics in them as well.
I hope this helps encourage you to stay on track with your own transition to a vegetarian diet and gives you insight on what you might expect.
This so far has been my favorite protein powder to add to smoothies.
What are your experiences on becoming a vegetarian? Where are you on your journey to better health?