Alrighty so time for a little update on how the switch to a vegetarian diet has been going so far. I decided to start my count from this Monday instead of last week, just because I slipped up a couple times last week. I’m honestly surprised that I’ve lasted this long, it hasn’t been easy. I also notice a couple changes in my body already, some aren’t that pretty! but I’m gonna keep this super honest so others know what to expect if their wanting to start this journey as well.
Here are some things I learned this week!
- Find substitutes for meat in dishes you eat. Whether it be black beans, tofu, tempeh, eggs, etc. Your body will crave protein!
- A salad for lunch will not satisfy you for that long. Did this at work and I was hungry 30 minutes later. Especially if your work is physically demanding!
- Look into supplements like Iron, magnesium and Zinc (If I’m not wrong).
- You will have days where you just feel lethargic, don’t give in.. you can make it past this!
- Your bowel movements will change a lot! (told you I was gonna talk about everything) They will be more frequent, softer and the colour changes.
- You will fart like crazy! and yes they are stinky! apparently some people experience bloating as well.
- If you make smoothies, there are a lot of vegetarian/ vegan alternatives of protein powder available. I recommend using it, on days where I’ve felt under the weather it has helped me feel better. I bought a small tester packet of the Genuine Health Protein + Powder, you can’t even taste it in your smoothie.
- If your cooking add flavour to your food.
- Try new veggies and fruits, experiment a little!
- Your grocery bills are significantly cheaper.
- Let your family and close friends know of your decision to go vegetarian. They might not agree but stand your ground. For any future family dinners they will know to prepare foods that you can eat.
- Check ingredients on food labels. You’d be surprised how many products contain animal based ingredients. Such as gelatin!
Those are the ones I could think of off the top of my head. I did end up getting a bit sick yesterday. Felt like I was going to pass out, bit light headed and felt like I was going to throw up. Not sure if its because of some type of deficiency or from just being tired but thankfully I was home when it happened. I’m feeling much better today though! we managed to get a morning hike/ walk in! I love spending time in nature 🙂
Easter dinner actually wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. As one of my points stated, make sure your family knows of your decision so they can make more veggie options. I’m so proud of myself for not caving and eating any of the ham!
I hope everyone has a Happy Easter, be safe! Also check back soon for more updates.