I’m Going Vegetarian For A Month (WTF?!)

steak1I’m going vegetarian for the month of March. No, seriously, I am. I’m a big nasty meat eater, so this is a big deal for me. There were two factors that persuaded me to try it:

  1. Honey’s post about National Justice for Animals Week.
  2. We had a guest speaker at my sports club recently and he spoke a lot about nutrition, and in particular, dietary habits for sports performance. As part of that, he explained in graphic terms why he would only eat beef from free roaming cows. I was pretty grossed out to hear how regular cows are treated and fed, so this pushed me over the edge.

I figured I would try it for at least a month and see how it affected my energy levels, training, and competitive performance. For the hardcore vegans out there, I realize a month is pretty weak, especially considering I’m still eating fish and eggs, but hey you got to start somewhere. Don’t hate.

Anyway, I started March 1 and will hammer through the project until April 1. I will likely make my vegetarian girlfriend take me to a steakhouse and feed me a steak at that point. We’ll see. She’s pretty stoked that I’m giving this a shot.

Here’s a quick breakdown of my first three days:

Day 1 (Sunday):

March 1st was a Sunday, so I had eggs and potatoes for breakfast, with a bigass glass of milk. I had a late lunch with my mom and she had a freezer pizza ready for me as a snack. This had big patches of pepperoni on it (yum!) but I was a good boy and pulled it off. She openly questioned my manhood but I stuck to my guns and feed the pepperoni to my cat. My mom thinks that all vegetarians are “Muslims” and she’s asked me more than once if Megan is Muslim. She is not.

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For dinner, I baked Salmon for me and Megan. Sides of rice and broccoli. This is one of my favorite dishes anyway so it was smooth sailing.

While I was grocery shopping I seriously contemplated buying a steak because that’s what I wanted and I deserved it.

Day 2 (Monday):

Cereal for breakfast with blueberries and blackberries. Megan’s got me into eating superfoods, of which blue- and blackberries are, and it’s a nice upgrade to my diet. For lunch I had a Caesar salad wrap with egg from the joint next door. My lunch options suck where I work and I need to bring my own stuff more often. I grazed on strawberries and Combo’s throughout the day. I think I’m turning into a hairy treehugger.

I worked out at my gym and felt perfectly fine despite the almost 36 hours of meat deprivation. I was even able to bench press my normal amount, which surprised me because I figured my biceps would have atrophied to nothingness by now.

Day 3 (Tuesday):

Tuna sandwich from Jimmy John’s (yuck) for lunch, Megan made me wheat Ravioli for dinner that night. No meatballs or sausage in sight, hell not even a friggin skinless chicken breast. I told my carnivore roommates about my latest project and they ridiculed me without restraint. It was thoroughly emasculating. I nearly broke down and went and got a cheesesteak.

I checked my weight and I’ve lost 2 full pounds. Not sure if this is water weight or whatever but I think the muscle atrophy has begun. I have a huge bottle of whey protein so you can be sure I’ll be hitting that hard so I don’t waste away, but not sure how to combat the dementia and hallucinations that I heard set in around day 10. Any advice, please leave in comments.

This is going to be an ugly month. I simply don’t know how I’m going to make it.

  • http://mysecrethobby.blogspot.com/ Kiera

    Impressive. It’s too bad that most of the products we consume exploit animals, the environment, employees and communities. We’ve all got to start doing our part somewhere. But meat… I couldn’t do it. Meat and I are tight. I actually scrolled up multiple times while reading your post to gaze at that steak.

    What’s your plan after the month trial? Or are you just going to see if you make it out alive?

    Kiera´s last blog post…Distracted Mind

  • http://dadshouseblog.com dadshouse

    Dude, my kids and I rarely eat meat. It’s pasta pasta pasta. We get our protein from cheese, milk, broccoli (yep), yogurt, and occasional meat. Like, red meat twice a month, chicken once a week, fish once a week. That’s about it! The rest is carbs. We burn it all off in our sports. (Soccer and track for my daughter, lacrosse and wrestling and track for my son, running and cycling for me)

    Super foods rock! Blueberries are awesome.

    Breakfast tip – oatmeal. It sticks to your ribs. After some oatmeal, I don’t need to eat again until after my lunchtime workout.

    dadshouse´s last blog post…U2 on Letterman 2009

  • http://themodernsavage.com Matt Savage

    Uhhh, salmon and tuna aren’t vegetables you know:)

    So basically, you aren’t really going vegetarian, just giving up beef products, with the exception of milk?

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  • http://honeyandlance.com Lance

    Dude, don’t burst my little bubble!

    Lance´s last blog post…I’m Going Vegetarian For A Month (WTF?!)

  • http://casualencounters.com/blog/ casualencounters.com/blog

    I’m basically on this “meat-lite diet” as well. I guess in terms of advice, I’ve found it easy to maintain on it by adding the following “rules”:

    1) If you’re at someone else’s place and they serve you meat, eat it.

    Because it’s rude not to when they’ve gone to all that trouble, plus it has the side effect of making you more sociable and generally desirous of others’ company.

    2) Eat meat on special occasions.

    Because it sucks going out to dinner for your mother’s birthday or whatever and ordering lettuce. For beneficial side effects of rule 2, see rule 1.

    I guess the thing is that if you sit there and think NO MEAT (well, beef) FOREVER it seems awful, but when your meat-lite life is punctuated every once in a while by delectable beefy treats, it’s no big.

    0.02.

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  • http://honeyandlance.com Honey

    Dude, a) you’re a pussy if you can’t give up meat for ONE MONTH and b) I won’t even tell you how much pus (yes, PUS) is in milk. It’s disgusting. (I am lactose intolerant and so haven’t had milk since high school, though I do ignore the PUS and have cheese sometimes…)

    Seiten is 100% protein and also fat free. Make a stir-fry with whatever veggies and sauce you have on hand (peanut satay is good, I also like red curry, the BF likes BBQ sauce) and put it over rice…I know brown rice is better, but I LOVE jasmine rice…

    I also have a recipe for vegetarian enchiladas you can make in the microwave in 20 minutes. I just tried some vegan egg salad which was passable and I have a recipe for vegan tuna salad my best friend swears will blow my mind.

    PS – Real men are vegetarian! The BF is, and he’s the best man ever!

    Honey´s last blog post…Top 10 Signs You’ve Become an Adult

  • Jonsi

    I’ve been doing this for 2 months, though I allow myself to eat meat when dining out. I’d suggest reading Mark Bittman’s “Food Matters.” We could debate all we want the ethics of meat or even if it is necessary, but there’s no debate that we eat 3-5 times too much on average. I find that not cooking it, except for occasional shrimp for flavor and texture, has taught me how to cook and it’s been no problem.

    For seafood though, I do have to advocate checking a seafood watch guide such as those through MBARI http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/download.aspx . We live in shear ignorance over how fragile some fisheries are.

  • http:/www.tsbmag.com Bobby Rio

    I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 10 years… it really was the easiest thing i ever did… ive actually forgotten what chicken tastes like…

    if you can get past a month its smoothe sailing

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  • Musika

    I’m sitting in a class at college and was looking for something totally unrelated to this, but i’ve grown bored with work and am going to leave a comment.

    Real men, aren’t vegitarians, it makes no difference. Nothing you do will change the process of beef production, because even if you don’t eat meat and complain like my idiot classmate (who is by the way, a woman) the industry is still going to churn out tonnes of meat because the demand is huge. No one is a ‘pussy for not being able to give up meat for a month’. Meat is good for you, it’s part of a natural diet, and health freaks need to grow some skin and let people eat what they like.

  • http://musicxclusive.net/ Casual Encounters

    probably it very
    deliciously I wanted to eat

  • http://20-forty.com/ lisaq

    You’re braver than I am dude. Yes, Honey. I’m a pussy! :D

    lisaq´s last blog post…Viagra for Women

  • Jonsi

    Yes, meat is a natural part of your diet, but eating a large turkey sandwich for lunch and then a steak or chicken breast at night 6 times a week is NOT healthy for you and is hardly natural. The energy and land (for food for the animals) required to produce livestock is outrageous. With a growing global population, and declining oil and fuel reserves, this will have consequences. Plus, if it were really healthy, we’d expect the American diet to result in longer lives compared the moderate meat diets such as Mediterranean or Japanese diets; this is not the case, even if you control for junk food intake. It is perfectly healthy to eat meat. It’s just not healthy, nor sustainable, to eat it at every meal.

  • http://honeyandlance.com Lance

    Bro, you’re like the special needs Yoda.

  • http://honeyandlance.com Lance

    Baby steps, sister. I don’t want my pec’s and bi’s to atrophy too quickly from lack of meat or else I lose my svelte physique!

  • http://thedreamlounge.blogspot.com Dream

    Remind me to hook you up with a copy of Dream Vitality. I’ve been down this road…

    Couple tips

    -you can pickup grassfed/organic meat at whole foods fresh every monday/tuesday.

    -stay away from the milk products

    -organic/free range eggs are awesome for you, get them at publix/whole foods on the cheap

    -fish is great to, just make sure its not farm raised

    Dream´s last blog post…Tired of Getting Sick? Let’s talk Truth- An End to Common/Repeat Illness

  • http://honeyandlance.com Honey

    What Jonsi says is true…not only is the meat industry destructive for our planet, diets high in meat (like, eating some form of meat for 2 or 3 of your meals) is NOT very healthy. \

    Since everyone’s first instinct is to compare us to cave people…cave people were not very effective hunters. They were mainly foragers and used the occasional meat that they were able to catch or trap as a supplement to a diet that was extremely high in vegetable content.

    The reason this is important is because it was during that time during our evolutionary history that our digestive tracts developed. The typical American diet goes against how we have evolved…that’s why heart disease, cholesterol problems, obesity, and diabetes are so prevalent.

    Honey´s last blog post…Top 10 Signs You’ve Become an Adult

  • http://honeyandlance.com Honey

    Musika, I refuse to believe that the definition of a “real man” is someone who 1) doesn’t care about our planet, 2) doesn’t care about the compassionate treatment of living beings with emotional lives that we are exploiting for PLEASURE, rather than necessity, and 3) feels like he is completely helpless in the face of current social structures.

    Please…we ended slavery and gave all races and women the right to vote. Surely we can radically reform the meat industry. You are absolutely, 100% wrong in everything that you say here. And if, as I hope, the meat industry is forced to participate in the new cap-and-trade programs that Obama will implement and your MacDonald’s hamburger costs $20, it will be easier to reform the meat industry than we think.

    Honey´s last blog post…Top 10 Signs You’ve Become an Adult

  • http://dadshouseblog.com dadshouse

    One of my cousins was vegeterian for years because his hot girlfriend was vegetarian. His dad (my uncle) cooked the best London Broil steak on earth. One night when we were visiting them for dinner, my vegetarian cousin asked his dad for a slice of steak.

    “But you’re vegetarian!”
    “Not anymore. That smells to good. I can’t pass it up anymore.”

    My kids proved to me that people are meat eaters. When my kids were little, we would put different foods in front of them and let them choose what they wanted to eat. I totally remember my daughter LOVING artichokes, peas, and steak.

    All that said, I do think there’s a lot of cruelty to animals in the meat industry, and that is sad.

    dadshouse´s last blog post…Teen Responsibility by the Truckload

  • http://casualencounters.com/blog/ casualencounters.com/blog

    The main problem I have with our level of meat consumption is the ecological havoc it wreaks. It’s a hugely inefficient and destructive use of resources.

    On the other hand: SO DELICIOUS.

    I feel like there has to be a happy medium.

    casualencounters.com/blog´s last blog post…How to Find Sex: the Art of the One Night Stand – Part 12 “Her Body”

  • http://honeyandlance.com Honey

    I actually became a vegetarian because meat upsets my stomach. But the longer I have been vegetarian the less I miss meat and the more I learn that leads me to believe that I made a sound choice in all respects (health, environment, ethics).

    Honey´s last blog post…Top 10 Signs You’ve Become an Adult

  • Sabrina

    There is so much talk of you going vegetarian – but all you are consuming are animal products and meat. What a joke!

    Dude, if you are really going to give yourself a challenge and make it publice in your blog so you can whine about it like a little baby – at least try it out! Don’t be such a wimp!

    BTW – some education for you and your mom – Muslims are not vegetarians. Try this thing called “google” and be informed.

  • http://honeyandlance.com Lance

    Vegetarians aren’t Muslims?

  • Sabrina

    LOL – you are a trip Lance! No – Hindu’s are vegetarians. Of course there is an exception to every rule – one can no longer make such generalized gudgements.