Well, today marks the last day of my Pledge to be Veg. For those of you who do not know, I pledged to be veg for the past 30 days by omitting meat & fish from my diet. I know that some of you have been following me along through this challenge, so please share with me how your challenge went/is going!
I will start off by saying that I thought that this challenge was very beneficial. I enjoyed eating veggie-friendly dishes. I think I might actually have a hard time cutting into a piece of chicken again. I found that the meat I actually missed the most was seafood. I love fresh fish & crab, so I really don’t think that I could ever give those up completely. In fact, I can’t wait to have fresh fish…hopefully this week!
So, did this challenge change the way I will continue to eat? Will I continue to eat a vegetarian-based diet? I will say that this challenge did change the way I will choose to eat. Through this challenge, I learned that I prefer to eat less meat. However, I do enjoy eating meat sometimes. Therefore, I do not want to remove meat from my diet, I just want to limit it. I would describe my preference for eating style as a flexitarian, defined by wikipedia as a semi-vegetarian diet focusing on vegetarian food with occasional meat consumption. A self-described flexitarian seeks to decrease meat consumption without eliminating it entirely from his or her diet.
I found this challenge to be particularly challenging when eating out. Most of the time, I was able to find veggie-friendly meals…although they were mostly pasta dishes. I have one thing to admit. I did cheat one time! I was eating at the same restaurant 2 times in the same week. Unfortunately they did not have a large veggie-friendly menu. They did have a good mushroom pasta entree in which I ordered the first time there. However, I didn’t want to order the same exact thing again. So instead I ordered the Mahi Mahi special that they were having that night…which was great by the way.
So, I am pretty happy that this challenge is over and I am also happy that I did this challenge! I am very excited to continue my veggie-rich diet with occasional meat.
How would you describe your diet?