Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Sixty Days. Two thirds of the way through this experiment and what have I learned so far?
First, that it’s not all that hard to eliminate meat from your life. Just don’t go to Chilis. In fact, banning meat has been liberating for me. In this case, abstinence is definitely superior to moderation. Having ‘just a little meat, now and then’ is I think too hard to control. And it’s not necessary. I feel better and I seem to have more energy – I’m every bit as tired at the end of the day, but I’m pushing myself harder, in different ways. When I started this sixty days ago, all I was going to to was stop eating meat. I was not thinking about starting a body weight workout program and I was not considering running a marathon. I wasn’t considering running at all. Those things just kind of happened spontaneously. Organically. I’m reminded of Dr. Campbell’s lab rats – those on a diet low in animal protein spent twice as much time on the exercise wheel as those on a high protein diet.
It will take just a little more work but at this point in the challenge and after more study I’m convinced that I should eliminate all the animal products from my diet including dairy and eggs. Again I’m not going to sweat that too much right now, at least not for another 30 days, but consumption has already been drastically reduced and it’s just a matter of a little more time.
I did a five day business trip and stayed vegetarian. I’ve done a number of business lunches and stayed vegetarian. Vegan would be a bit more challenging, but certainly not impossible.
Here’s what I ate today:
- The Real Deal Oatmeal: with molasses, pecans, hemp hearts, blueberries and agave
- Green Smoothie: Spinach, Kale, Strawberries and Raspberries
- Brown Rice and Black Bean Burrito
- 1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper, Apple, Banana
- Appetizer: Leftover Chili with Tortilla Chips
- Vegan Tacos (Walnut taco filling, cashew cream, guacamole, salsa, jalapenos)
- Black Beans
- Green Salad with Tahini Dressing
- Glass of Cabernet
There’s a vegan day. I tried a little different recipe for the Walnut Taco Filling tonight. Not bad, but not quite as good as the first attempt. Something worth tinkering with, for sure. Same for the Tahini dressing, but I should probably be keeping better notes about what I’ve tried…