I did it. I went meat-free for my first week in who knows how long. It was actually easier than I thought it would be. A couple of nights we had a couple of meat options for the kids. Meatballs in pasta, and fish last night. I was tempted but resisted. Over the coming weeks, we will continue to reduce the amount of meats our kids eat. They don’t eat much as it is, so it shouldn’t be too difficult.
So close to it being a vegan week for me. I had a little bit of cheese on my mashed potatoes, and some chocolate treats throughout the week 🙂
My energy levels over the last 9 months have been pretty high. With the switch in my diet over the last week, I still had the same amount of energy. I was able to stick to my normal exercise routines of 5:30 am exercises, runs, and hot yoga.
The biggest challenge was getting the kids to try something new. I think they did pretty well. They pretty much tried everything. Some things they liked a lot (kale chips and the homemade bean and veggie burgers for sure), while others, not so much.
What made it work? Well…the cook. My wife Tiffany. Since she is not in a full-time job anymore, she had extra time to plan and prepare these new dishes. We (when I say we, I mean my Tiffany, haha) used http://www.ohsheglows.com for a lot of the recipes.
Ideas, encouragement, and support from friends on Facebook also helped a ton. Thanks, everyone. You know who you are.
Similar to how others have inspired me, I want to pay it forward by inspiring others.
Here is what I ate for my week…
My breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are usually the same throughout the week.
Pre Breakfast Snack at 5:30 am
A glass of water with lemon and cayenne pepper
Breakfast at 7:00 am
Toast with almond butter
Vega One smoothie made with…
Vega One powder
Frozen blueberries and bananas
Lunch at 12:00pm
Avocado – with lemon juice and a little bit of seasoned salt