When I told my grandma I am almost done with my one-month vegetarian challenge, she asked me “how many days did you cheat?” I love meat. I love pork belly, I love Korean bbq, I love poke bowls and I love fried chicken. I never considered the option of going vegetarian but here I am, attempting to be vegetarian for one whole month.
This was a rather easy week for me because I was in Lake Tahoe to snowboard and the only vegetarian options at the ski resort were fries or pizza but it was also hard to control my temptations because my friends were having chicken tenders and fish. (I did NOT give in to my temptations and finished the week strong!!)
My spring break ended and I was back to meal prepping for the week. I made a vegetarian version of pho this week and it was very tasty BUT I WAS SO HUNGRY ALL THE TIME. It got to the point where I would get dizzy in class so I knew I had to eat A LOT more and possibly triple my portion!
I decided to make a vegan pasta this week and Indian curry with rice. Loading up on pasta and rice was a lot better on my body and I was able to pull through the week fine. However, my monthly cramps showed up and I ended up getting fries from McD (another waste source). I guess it’s all about balance and maybe next month, I’ll make my own fries!
Since week 3 went by so well, I made pasta and rice again. This time, I made a vegan eggplant parmesan pasta and I paired my rice with Indonesian style tempeh, baked tofu and gailan (Chinese broccoli). It was another super easy week and I was no longer constantly hungry!
As of now, my diet will mainly be vegetarian with the occasional meat intake. I’m not ready to give up my favorite foods just yet but my daily diet will be veggies unless there’s a special occasion! If you’re trying to get on a vegetarian diet, load up on the carbs the first few weeks because it would ease the transition and make the process less painful! (Maybe this was just me because I used to consume meat in every single meal)
NOTE: Pasta, rice noodles, tofu, and tempeh came in plastic packages. If you know a place in the South Bay Area that sells it in bulk, hit me up! (Or possibly in the Davis/Sacramento area)