Meatless May

With all these fresh fruits and vegetables in season, I’m going to try something. As it is May 1st, I figured it’d be a good time to start. I’m going to try going without meat for one month. I’m allowing myself fish and dairy for May. I tried tofu stirfry for lunch. The vegetables were delicious. The tofu, on the other hand, was not my style. I found this resource on How to Go Vegetarian here: http://www.wholeliving.com/article/vegging-out-a-strategy-guide?page=2.

Here’s an excerpt:

“For vegetarians who eat eggs and dairy (lacto-ovo vegetarians)

  • 1 percent milk (1 c.): 8 g
  • Yogurt (6 oz.): 6 g
  • Large boiled egg: 7.5 g
  • Cheddar cheese (1 oz.): 7 g

“For strict vegetarians who eat no animal by-products (vegans)

  • Lentils (1 c. cooked): 18 g
  • Black beans (1 c. cooked): 15 g
  • Veggie burger: about 13 g
  • Chickpeas (1 c. cooked): 12 g
  • Quinoa (1 c. cooked): 8 g
  • Peanut butter (2 Tbsp.): 8 g
  • Almonds (1 oz.): 6 g
  • Soy milk (1 c.): 8 g
  • Bulgur (1 c. cooked): 5.5 g
  • Wheat bread (2 slices): 7 g
  • Cooked spinach (1 c.): 5 g
  • Cooked broccoli (1 c.): 4 g
  • Tempeh (4 oz.): 41 g
  • Seitan (3 oz.): 31 g”

Why am I doing this? Partly as a personal challenge, and partly to see if there’s any value to what some of my vegetarian/vegan friends say. They talk about losing weight and having more energy. And they talk about our bodies having a hard time digesting meat, comparing our digestive systems to those of bovines. Hopefully it will be a good cleanse and maybe even help me lose a few extra pounds.

Maybe for June I’ll try to live without dairy. I have a feeling it would help me feel better overall (not that I feel bad, but I’m pretty sure no dairy would make me feel great). And I have too much cheese in the house that needs to be eaten (and I will have a really hard time giving up my morning Greek yogurt). So, for May, it’s sans meat. I think they call it a pesco-lacto-ovo vegetarian, which isn’t really a vegetarian, but anyway, we’ll see if it lasts the whole month. It’s definitely going to take some thought. Wish me luck!

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2 responses to “Meatless May

  1. I wish you success!

  2. I have a TON of vegetarian cookbooks– a whole shelf full! Let me know if you need to borrow any. 🙂 My favorite veg recipe was these rice balls with fresh mozzarella inside served with tomato sauce that I found in Vegetarian Times (still my fav. mag!). I’ll have to dig it up since I’m craving it again! I’ll bring you a copy. 🙂

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