One of the best things about having a birthday is getting new cookbooks to play with. This year, I got two from The Runner- he was definitely trying to drop a hint or two because both are quite health conscious. I’m not complaining- but he was definitely trying to send a message.
Today is jan 31. Which means that officially my 30 day vegetarian challenge is over. (The Runner and I did briefly question whether it was a month long challenge or a 30 day challenge- obviously this will become important in February- the shortest month of the year)
Anyway, officially it’s over and to be honest I feel really good. I say this every month but it actually wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Maybe that should be a really powerful life lesson. Change seems daunting at first but once you do it, it’s not that hard.
And at first thinking about not eating meat was really hard for this little omnivore. It was hard for friends to comprehend, it was hard to imagine what we would eat for 90 meals in a row. Yes, we used up our cheat days but not at home, and we never ate the same meal twice. And I don’t think there were many meals I would not make again.
As a result, I feel good. I’m proud of us for stepping out of our comfort zone and trying something new. I think it’s true that life begins at the end if your comfort zone because in truth, I feel a bit more alive. Like January 2014 has been an accomplishment. Like I’ve already discovered new things, broken out of a mold and grown as a person. Of course, I’m also writing this at 6:15am on a bus to the gym which could explain why I’m super impressed with myself. I am NOT a morning person and choosing to get up at 5:20am was not an easy choice but then neither was being a vegetarian for 30 days.
It also wasn’t a miracle weight loss cure, I felt better after eating and lighter, less heavy but the pounds haven’t exactly melted away. Maybe 30 days isn’t enough but if you’re expecting to lose heaps of weight, don’t. A lot of vegetarian food is quite cheesy. And I love cheese!
So here’s to the last day of January. The official end of the beginning of the new year and the official end of my vegetarian challenge. Next month is taking it one step further- 30 days of vegan cooking at home. If we go out, we can eat what we want but since we tend to eat at home most nights and take leftovers for lunch to work the next day, it should mean that we’re eating vegan 5 or 6 days a week. I got the idea from Mark Bittman, the New York Times food critic, who went vegan before 6- basically vegan during the day and ate what he wanted for dinner (makes sense considering his job!). He wrote a book about it and he did lose weight and get healthy and experienced a whole range of benefits. We’ll see.
Happy January, Happy Chinese New Year and happy eating!!!