Vegetarian January: Week 4!

Hey, isn’t it crazy how quickly this month has gone by. I feel like it was just last week that I posted my first Vegetarian January post.

This past week has been great and at times not so great but that actually has nothing to do with what I’ve been eating.

I feel like this last week has gone by so quickly and I’m actually a little nervous to start eating meat again after going so long without it.

What I’ve learnt over the past month is that its not the meat that’s a necessity it’s the protein. I feel like last year meat was an essential part of the meals I ate but now I’m so good without it.

I’ve really come to love being vegetarian over the weeks even though it was challenging to start with.

This month wasn’t just about not eating meat it was also about improving my diet by cutting out excessive sugary snacks and eating more vegetables.

I used to snack on sweets A LOT, like I swear I was addicted. Now I snack on fruit, salad and nuts and I love it. It makes me feel so good when I’m eating a banana instead of a chocolate bar or cucumber instead of biscuits.

I really hope that next month my eating habits continue to get better and that I don’t revert back to old ways.

I don’t want to go on too much but lastly I just want to thank you as a reader, for taking an interest in my Vegetarian January posts. Thanks to all those who read, liked and commented on posts. Also thanks to those who read these posts and decided to follow my blog.

I’m actually a little sad January is almost over, but its been good.

 

XO lmg

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Vegetarian January: Week 3

Hey, if your new to this series here’s week 1 and week 2.

This weeks been good, I think I can say I have fully adjusted to being vegetarian. For weeks 1 and 2 there were times when I was just clueless about what to eat, I wasn’t getting enough protein or I’d feel like I was missing out when the rest of my family was eating meat.

I think the best thing about this past week is that I’ve been eating alot healthier. I’ve probably been eating twice as much fruit and veg than I usually would and I’ve been enjoying it.

Also I usually eat a lot of sugary snacks but the past week that habit has gotten kicked to the kerb (hopefully it stays there)!

I’ve been feeling really energetic and in a great mood.

Lastly I’ve been drinking much more water its having a very good effect on my skin.

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wpid-IMG_20140119_210304.jpg A totally delicious apple pastry.

wpid-IMG_20140120_181231.jpgThis is egg-fried rice with kidney beans, onion and carrot.

That’s it for week 3, next week is the final weekly post but I’ll do a final summary of the month on the 31st.

XO lmg

Vegetarian January: Week 2

Hey there thanks for joining me for ‘Vegetarian January: Week 2’, if you missed last weeks post click here.

So here’s a summary of the past week:

It hasn’t been difficult this week, I guess I’ve gotten used to not eating meat. 

If I’m totally honest I’ve been pretty lazy this week in the fact that a lot of the time I’ve just eaten what everyone else is eating without the meat but with extra vegetables.

Also I’m at the halfway point which is pretty great and I guess I’m proud of myself.

Now if you read last weeks post you’ll know that I was worried I wasn’t getting enough protein, but this past week I’ve been feeling much better and energetic.

My main sources of protein: cashews, peanuts, kidney beans, baked beans, cheddar cheese, egg, milk.

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My goal for the next week is to try and be more adventurous with what I eat. Hopefully next week I’ll have some photos to share with you (sorry I didn’t have any for this week).

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Sites I used:

http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/beans-legumes-highest-protein.php

http://www.nomeatathlete.com/vegetarian-protein/

http://www.vegparadise.com/protein.html

If you enjoyed this post your in luck, i’ll be doing another one next week! 😮

XO lmg

Vegetarian January: Week 1

So here’s a summary of the past week:

I was worried about potentially getting symptoms of protein deficiency.

I then remembered a story my dad told me about an acquaintance who went vegetarian and he ended up with sunken eyes and trousers hanging from his waist- not exactly an encouraging visual.

This week hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it would be. I think the most difficult part is that everyone else is eating meat so at times I have felt a bit left out. On the other hand I’m happy because I’ve been eating way more vegetables than I usually would and I’m hoping its a habit I keep even after the month is up.

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Since yesterday, I have been feeling quite anxious, stressed and tired. My whole body generally has been feeling a little off balance.

I’m thinking maybe I am experiencing symptoms of protein deficiency, so of course I Googled it and found a really great site*.

Of all the symptoms I’ve experienced: general weakness, difficulty sleeping and anxiety.

So I’m going to try and ensure for the following weeks that I get enough protein.

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SnackCucumber slices for a snack.

Snack 2Cucumber slices with hot pepper sauce**.

lmg-pic-0163Mexican flavoured mixed vegetables which included: baby corn, green beans, red kidney beans, onions and sweet peppers.

So that’s it for this post I’ll be doing them every week in January so look out 🙂

*http://vegetarian.lovetoknow.com/Protein_Deficiency_Symptoms

**Hot pepper sauce made from scotch bonnets and habanero peppers is not to be taken lightly!!!

XO lmg