I ate vegetarian 25 days in January. 6 days in January, I had meat. One of those days, I was at a restaurant that didn’t have many vegetarian options, so I said eff it, happy hour doesn’t count, and I had a burger with bacon. And of course my friend sitting next to me ordered a large Caesar and a side of mac & cheese so I could have done that, I guess. Whoops. Although I guess a Caesar has anchovies in the dressing? The other 5 days … 4 of them, prosciutto got me. One of them, I had one slice of deli turkey on a sandwich. As it turns out, I think prosciutto is actually going to be the hardest thing to give up completely and not bacon. Carbonara is a long time fave, what can I say? But 25 days out of 31 isn’t so bad, and there are only 29 days in February.
Early on in giving up meat, I wanted A LOT more carbs, but that thankfully that tapered off after about a week. I still eat a lot of pasta with various types of sauces or whatnot minus the meat, and a whole lot more black bean and cheese nachos. Other than that, my diet hasn’t changed as much as I though it would, because I wasn’t eating meat every day anyway. I eat about as much spinach, berries, and nuts as I did before, and maybe a little bit more cheese. I am on and off the potato wagon. Mushrooms and snap peas are delicious when sautéed in butter, evoo, and a splash of Fireman’s 4 (a local ale).
Eli, of course, has no problem with his vegan diet.