Going Meatless? Help Abounds!

First let me go to definitions:

There are different types of vegetarians.

  • Vegans not only omit all animal products from their diets, but they also eliminate them from the rest of their life. Vegans use nothing from animals, such as leather, wool, and silk.
  • Lacto-Vegetarians will include dairy products into their diet of plant food.
  • Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarians eat both eggs and dairy products.
  • Pesco-Vegetarians include fish into their diets.
  • Pollo-Vegetarians eat poultry, such as chicken, turkey, and duck.

Although the best way to turn vegetarian is by taking baby steps, my sister Sandi and friend Elay decided to jump right in and go meatless for one month.  This was after watching the now famous Matt Cutts video, Try Something New for 30 days.

Sandi is now on her 3rd day (bless her) while Elay is already on her 14th (easier now, I’m sure).

In February 2011, Oprah and 378 of her meat-loving staff took a ONE WEEK challenge of eating an entirely vagan diet (no meat, dairy or animal byproducts).

With Food Authors Michael Pollan (Food Rules) and Kathy Freston (Veganist)

The result? They lost a collective 444 pounds.

This  1-minute recap video sums up the overall positive  yet difficult experience.

Props to the guy who declared

I will, for the rest of my life, think about what I eat.

He’s right. Especially at this point in our lives, we have to be wise about what we put into our bodies.

I did the same challenge of going vegan two months ago.  Now, I really try to be a pesco-lacto-ovo vegetarian (I eat fish, cheese and eggs). Sometimes though, I allow myself these great pleasures:

A meat-lover’s breakfast: Italian Sausages for hubby.  Bacon, sausages and eggs for me.

and

Crispy fried chicken!

I’m not really going to punish myself for the occasional pork, chicken or beef.  I think being very strict about food is counter-productive. But the main goal is still— make plant foods my main source of nutrition.

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Photo credit: marketmanila.com

Compared to Sandi and Elay,  turning vegetarian was easier for me as I only have hubby to feed. Those two have growing boys with hearty appetites.

Acknowledging their extra challenge, I found some useful links: A Three Week Meal Plan  and Filipino Vegetarian dishes here and here.

It’s nice that all of us can get some help from experts. Thank God for Google! Really!

Go Sandi and Elay! I know you can do it!

Here’s to  healthier lives for us and our families! Cheers!

More reading:

Related post: The Simplest Food Rule

Find information and inspiration from the Ten Websites for Vegans.

Read about how Sandi is faring with her challenge here.

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