Imagine being inside my head.
Moving right along. It's hard to believe that I am almost six weeks into this whole vegetarian(ish) thing. It's also hard to believe, based on the pattern of the last oh, say 42 years, that I actually like eating this way. I do. Really.
Here are a few of my reflections/revelations about this new journey, in my favorite form of a list:
*I feel better and have more energy.
*I don't feel deprived in any way.
*I don't get as hungry as often, and when I do it's not that desperate kind of hunger.
*Fruit totally trumps sugary treats. Really. Yes, really.
*I look forward to eating salads every day.
*I (think) I'm not as much of a moody crankypants as I was.
*Spinach smoothies are amazing. Really. Yes, really.
*I'm much more aware of how fast food smells, and not in a good way.
*I don't miss meat that much. If I do eat some it's an occasional thing, not an every meal thing.
And some confessions:
*I did not break up with coffee, so I'm not as completely de-toxed as I should be. I do put a splash of whipping cream and/or almond milk in my coffee, but no sugar.
*I probably don't get close to my daily goal of 1lb. raw veggies & definitely not 1lb. cooked veggies, but still feel full and satisfied.
*I've eaten Tex-Mex about once a week and feel absolutely no guilt about that.
*I also ate a hamburger and sweet potato fries (which were truly dee-lish) at the hospital cafeteria twice. With Diet Coke, oh yeah. I did feel kind of ick after and a little guilty. I just tried to eat clean the next few days.
*I recently had a brief moment with some M&Ms and some red velvet cake (not together) and felt ick after. But no other sugary sweet treats these last six weeks, and I haven't been craving sugar like I thought I might.
And the really, really, really fabulous news is:
*My clothes fit better and I'm wearing jeans I haven't been able to wear in over a year.
And that my friends, is awesome.
So I think this vegetarian(ish) trend will continue.
I know switching to an eating plan like this can seem overwhelming, believe me I would have laughed in your face or hit you if you had told me I'd be a vegetarian(ish) one day. If I can do it, anyone can. Feel free to ask me questions in the comments or in email if you have any.