It’s May 1st! I completed the Sporty Afros #30DayVeg Challenge! I’ve been living life as a vegetarian for 30 days! Here’s what I learned about myself over the past month:
Never Stop Learning
The week leading up to the #30DayVeg challenges I spent hours researching vegetarian dietary guidelines and blogs. I even purchased a vegetarian cookbook. I didn’t use it though. LOL. Surprisingly, a number of meals I already knew how to cook could be prepared without meat. The most fascinating thing I learned was the amount of protein I can get from various plants!
Have Self Control
Early on I had to get a grip and set some boundaries for myself with food. The first week or two I kept forgetting the fact I agreed to be vegetarian. At the school I work at we eat family style with the students. Whatever is served that day, we eat it. Usually there are no alternatives. I got used to just throwing whatever was being passed around onto my plate. It was hard to pass up the chicken the first two weeks. I even passed up the opportunity to attend a crawfish boil (major bummer). There were a couple of times I tried to justify not having self control. I pulled through without giving in but it gave me a few things to think about. Check out my post on self control.
When You Fail To Plan…
You plan to fail. A couple of years back, I used to cook breakfast every morning, prepare my lunch at home, and fix dinner for myself 3 nights out of the week. But over time I got lazy. Right before the #30DayVeg challenge my meal planning regimen consisted of cereal and milk or a kale, banana, and apple juice smoothie in the morning because I was too much in a rush to prepare a warm balanced breakfast. I’d take an Advocate AM bar with me as a snack. For lunch I Relied on whatever was served at the school. I must mention, I work at a private school and we have home cooked or professionally catered food everyday. Dinner was whatever’s close to the gym, yoga studio, meeting, and/or wherever I was around 6:30 pm. And I can’t forget whatever my mom told me she had on the stove at my parent’s house. Just being honest! This #30DayVeg challenge most certainly challenged me to take charge and plan out what I eat. Interestingly, when I didn’t plan, I ended up spending more money on take out.
The Luann Special
By the time I started preparing my own meals I felt that a full meal was a meat, two veggies, and some sort of bread; like the Luann Special at Luby’s. This challenge has showed me that a balanced meal does NOT have to have meat. Unfortunately, I never got the hang of taking pictures of food before I eat it. I always thought about taking pictures after I totally devoured my meal. I really wish I had a picture of the vegetable ravioli I had last night. It was the bomb biggity! Sorry…
My Body Feels Great
I did not lose any weight during the #30DayVeg challenge. But I do feel some kind of awesome! I feel lighter. My food digests better. My energy levels are higher and I’ve been able to handle more intensity during my workouts.
As a result, of the #30DayVeg challenge I’m making the choice to reduce my meat intake significantly. I still do not have a desire to become a full fledge vegetarian because I’m on my way to make a tuna sandwich right now J However, I’m do not intend on having meat with every meal.
Love, Peace, and Sweat,
Monisha I. Randolph is a Senior Contributing Blogger for Sporty Afros. Founder of Runner’s Revelations, Monisha is a RRCA Certified Distance Running Coach specializing in running clinics and training programs for beginner runners. She’s also the author of Runner’s Revelations: How Running Changed My Walk. To learn more about Monisha please visit www.runnersrevelations.com. Follow her on Twitter @RunRevelations and join the Runner’s Revelations Fan Community on Facebook.
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