On April 29, 2016 I officially finished my no meat challenge. In the beginning it was a struggle simply because for the first time in my life I was unable to eat meat, poultry or seafood. After the first week I got beyond the desire of wanting meat but towards the end I had an urge for chicken strips. Now that the no meat challenge is over and I actually can have meat, I don’t have a desire for it. I ordered chicken strips from Famous Dave yesterday, they were good but I felt bloated and more full than I usually do. I didn’t like that feeling. I noticed that by only eating vegetables I would get full but I would become hungry relatively quicker than I would if I had a meat that included meat. I found that having a smoothie with my meals solved that problem. Overall, not having meat in my diet wasn’t as difficult as some people made it out to be.
I’m not sure if I’ll continue to eat meat or if I’ll become a full pledged vegetarian. My digestive system improved drastically and I felt better energy wise. I’m not sure if I actually lost weight because I was eating a lot and I mean a lot of veggie pizzas. For a while I felt a difference in my pants sizes but I’m not sure if that’s because they were too big to begin with. I realized that not eating meat isn’t difficult but finding things to eat that aren’t pasta and/or bread was difficult seeing that there aren’t a large variety of vegetables that I enjoy. I really love spinach, broccoli, and salad other than that I don’t have a lot of go-to vegetables.
I’m proud of myself because I stuck to my guns and didn’t fold when things got difficult. I’m proud that I was mentally strong enough to even try something like this. I think my next challenge will be not eating bread or potatoes for a month,we’ll see!