Reflections of an Almost Six Week Vegetarian(ish)

Don't you like how precise and clear I am?

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.

Whooda thunkit?

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.


  1. I'm so glad you wrote about this. I've been wondering. I saw the whole Oprah Vegan eating show last week & I was surprised. It was very interesting & thought provoking.

    I Know I need to do something to "switch it up here." I am really amazed at your sugar detox. Really, fruit is working? I believe you... I'm not sure I would live through it...?

  2. Hooray for you! I was curious to know how it was going. I bought the book and very much want to give it a try. This seems very doable... I guess I just need to do it! I am so excited that you are wearing last year's jeans (and not in a fashion faux pas kind of way!). Side note, love your Wednesday pics - I am so unfashionable, I love the inspiration.

  3. i've been wondering how you were faring with this. now that i've been doing it 1.5 year i have to say i'll never go back. although it's not helping me lose weight i feel great!! i need to start exercising but with 3 kids and working full time it's on the back burner. i even have my kids liking the spinach smoothies. so glad you posted an update.

  4. Wow, this is really impressive and inspiring! I think it's crazy that you're not getting close to 1lb of raw veggies and cooked veggies when you're eating so many of them!

  5. good job! feeling good is quite a motivator..thanks for sharing!

  6. Great that you are keeping up with it! All those positives are good reasons to keep going. I guess I could start making some small changes. :)


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