Remember how I became a vegetarian back in May? I'm still going with it. I'm not super strict about "animal products," but I don't eat any kind of meat meat. I even survived Thanksgiving without eating turkey or anything! I think I was psyching myself out thinking Thanksgiving was going to be horrible without being able to eat turkey, but it was literally a non-issue.
I do eat fish and eggs still. I love egg white omeletes on stressful mornings and I can't turn down Bang Bang Shrimp from Bonefish.
Since cutting meat out entirely, I seriously feel so much better. I don't think this is necessarily because I don't have meat in my body, but more so because I have to find "healthier" alternatives for meals that don't contain meat. This means that 90% of the time when I eat out, I'm eating dark green salads with tons of vegetables.
At the beginning, the only thing I really "missed" was Chick-fil-a, but then I found out I was lactose intolerant after drinking half a milkshake from there... and I do NOT miss it anymore. (If you ever have the chance to throw up for 45 minutes while passed out the floor of a super disgusting gas station, I promise you won't have much of an appetite for whatever you ate again. This gets good at 4:42)
The hardest part is having to do a little planning and research. Like googling the menus of restaurants and asking for changes in the food. It's also really easy to feel like you can just eat tons of carbs instead of meat. Like breads and cakes and cookies and, basically, junk. Yea, technically there's no meat, but it is not good for you!!!
At the end of the day, you really have to listen to your body. Typically, I start to "crash" by 4pm if I didn't fuel my body properly throughout the day. My go-to emergency body recuperator? Almonds (or any type of nut).
Are you considering not eating meat? I decided to give up meat cold turkey (haha), but I recommend if you're not willing to make the plunge completely to choose non-meat options whenever possible and slowly eliminating it from your diet. It takes time to build up "menus" of what you like to eat and what works for your body/schedule.
Anyone else vegetarian, or some sort of derivative of vegetarian?