Life List #87: Eat vegetarian for a month.
I’ve had this conversation with myself many times over the course of my life: I could be a vegetarian. Well…maybe a pescatarian. Oh, but I’d have to be able to eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Hmm, I forgot about bacon. And you know I really like hamburgers…
Always the same progression in thought.
Tonight was the last night of my month-long meat free experiment. I officially managed to eat a vegetarian diet for a month.
At the beginning of this I set out a few rules that I didn’t exactly follow. I didn’t do any of the vegan baking I said I was going to do. But that was more so because in looking through recipes more of them had me buying random flours and extras that I just didn’t want to pay for. And I only made it to one restaurant. Well, I technically also ate at RAW, but I had eaten from there before.
But that’s OK, because I can still do those things eventually. And the real goal was simply to eat vegetarian for a month. And that I did. I avoided all meat. I avoided anything cooked in meat. I avoided anything made with a hint of meat essence.
In all honestly I am surprised at how easy it was. Sure I had a few cravings here and there. And yes there were times that I wanted a pork taco or a hamburger. But I was never tempted to cheat and as time went on actually started craving veggies more and more.
But don’t get me wrong. I like meat. I don’t want to give up meat for good. And that was never the goal of this exercise. I think I learned a little willpower. I think I learned that putting my mind to something and just doing it can work out. I think I learned a little bit about meal planning. I learned that I don’t like imitation meat and that many restaurants offer slim meat-free choices. I learned to really like salad.
To celebrate my last meal as a temporary vegetarian Chelsa and I went to dinner at Green Zebra, a nice contemporary vegetarian restaurant in the Ukrainian Village-esque area. It was a good choice for a meal. A lot of vegetarian places I saw were heavy on the dishes that resembled typical dishes but with the fake meat. This place was all about just creating good food.
After a shooter of soup and some wheat bread Chelsa and I shared a Grilled Heart of Palm and citrus salad with a little guacamole.
And then I had the Slow Roasted Shittake Mushrooms, crispy potato, and savoy cabbage. It was almost like a little sushi roll.
And thus it ends. With some potatoes and some cabbage and some mushrooms. And maybe a little stop at iCream…
“Eat vegetarian for a month” was number 87 on my life list.