I’ve been “vegetarian” for three weeks.
How “vegetarian” have I actually been?
I had a cheesesteak and chicken fingers on Friday when I was hammered.
I haven’t been perfect, but I’d guess I’ve decreased meat consumption by probably 80-90%.
I’ve also been more lenient on eating fish than mammals, though doing my best (for now) to stop both.
Everyone asks WHY?!
Everyone assumes its for health reasons, which it’s not.
I don’t have a great answer for why other than A) I think the meat industry is very unnatural and B) to see what it’s like / if I can do it.
Eating at home has been easier than expected
My go-to-dish is pasta with Alfredo sauce, mushrooms, onions, and garlic.
Fruit consumption is up and I get my protein mostly from yogurt and peanut butter.
Eating out has been the hardest part
I thought this would be easy since most places offer some vegetarian options. There are always a couple, but the choices are limited.
I’m fine getting a flatbread pizza instead of a burger every now and then, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel like I was “settling” every time I order.
How long do I plan on doing this?
Not forever, it’s more sacrifice than I’m willing to make to cut out meat entirely.
But everyone can make a measurable impact without going full vegetarian.
My thought is that I can maintain reduced meat consumption of 50 – 75% compared to my previous-self pretty easily, mostly by not eating meat at home.
I want to be able to order a burger, bacon with my eggs, scallops down the shore, etc. without worry every once in a while.
I’m not preaching to anyone, these are just my thoughts after trying for a bit!