Day 27 of being vegetarian. How has it been? It surprisingly hasn’t been extremely hard. However, there have been days, including today, where I was walking on the street, and all of a sudden you got a whiff of a burger on a grill and images of a juicy burger permeated through my thoughts. Ohhhh maaaaan! The urge to take a detour and get one was so hard to let go. (damn you schnippers!) But! Once you set your mind to something, I think it’s easier to let go of the urges. Note that I said easier and not easy. The only thing that I’ve lapsed on is that I used fish sauce in a couple of dishes. Which according to T doesn’t apply to our fast. I think we bent the rules there a little bit but we created the rules so I don’t really know how valid this whole thing is. We’ve also ordered in from the chinese food take-out and who knows what they put in there.
One thing that I like about this whole process is that it has a big mental impact on me. It makes me feel good like I’m doing something good for myself. T and I have agreed to not eat a lot of meat even after Lent is done. I’ve been asked so many times if I’ve lost weight since becoming vegetarian. I don’t think I have. I did notice that my carb intake went up which isn’t good. I know that carbs are getting a bad wrap these days and have taken the heat off of fat (both saturated and trans). I don’t think it’s really all that bad. The piece that I haven’t done this whole time is the activity piece. I just need to get my body moving and I think I can finally say yes to the question.
So far has this been a good exercise in self-regulation/self-policing? Yes, I’ve been able to keep myself in line. The more important point is that it has been more than an exercise in self-control though. I’ve really pushed myself and learned new things in this whole process. I made pizza from scratch for the first time and have made it multiple times since then. I made risotto for the first time (
post coming soon). Tried different ingredients that I normally wouldn’t buy. It has not only been a process of self control but it has also been a process of knowledge, palette and skills expansion. One of the goals of this blog was for me to learn enough about Filipino food to share it with others. But these last few weeks have opened up a different avenue for me and I think it’ll only help in that pursuit.
Have you had any great food experiences lately? Please share.