So far, this has been ridiculously easy. I haven't felt deprived or hungry without meat, though to be fair, I was never a very serious meat eater to begin with. Having a steak was a rare occurrence. The only things I've even noticed I had to skip were bacon with my eggs and rather than my usual ham and cheese croissant at the local coffee shop, yesterday I ordered a grilled veggie wrap, which was just as satisfying. And when I drive by Wendy's and realize I'm not going to be getting any fast-food anytime soon, I feel this is a good thing for many reasons.
Also, I'm not worried about missing out on essential nutrients. I'm taking a daily multi-vitamin and an extra 1,000 IU of vitamin D, but that was a regular habit even while I was an omnivore. I've never had a problem with low iron despite not eating a lot of red meat, and some research suggests it's a myth we need any animal protein in our diet at all.
I know I should be eating more fresh fruit and veg. That's something I'll aim for as of next week. This first week is simply going to be about observing what I am finding to sustain myself.
So what have I been eating? Well, this, for example, was dinner last night (thanks to my neighbour, Kate, who made it and brought me over a bowl!)
|Tomato and barley soup with artisan bread.|
Here are some other examples of what I've been consuming in the last four days.
- granola with milk
- eggs (fried or scrambled)
- toasted molasses raisin bread with butter or margerine
- coffee with cream
- fruit juice
- veggie wrap (soft flour tortilla with hummus, cucumber, shredded carrot, sprouts, tomato)
- vegetable soup (ideally homemade)
- grilled cheese sandwich with ketchup
- grilled fish with white rice and steamed cauliflower
- celery and carrots with hummus
- cake (homemade)
- ice cream