So it’s been about 11 days now since we decided to move to an all plant diet. We’re not wasteful so we have been going through our food in the fridge and had a couple of social gatherings where 100% vegetarian wasn’t an option… But with that said, I think a week in, about 90% of our meals have been all plant based.
It has made a difference in a few places already. I feel a little bit “lighter” on my feet (and I’ve lost a good amount of weight). I don’t feel like I’m “stuffed” for hours after eating. And my conscience doesn’t feel guilty anymore when I bite into my food –this has been an issue for the past few years for me.
I tried doing this in the past, but my wife wasn’t interested so it was very difficult. But now that she’s also on a roll about being healthier, she is the one that suggested we give it a try this time. It’s going great.
So, thanks to all of those that gently, silently or by example encouraged me (and others) to make the jump. David Henzel, my mom, my sister, Neary Heng, Lisa David, and many more that I am sure I’m failing to remember.
For some, a change like this is drastic and dramatic, for us it seems to be a little easier given our cultural backgrounds. Both Vietnamese and Mexican food have tons of recipes that are meatless, so the flavor profile shock that people often experience just wasn’t there for us. It was also a matter of will and desire for something better.
Making our own creations has been fun too. Going out to eat… in the upcoming weeks and months will be a fun challenge.
Is it forever? I don’t know. Do I miss a red juicy steak? Not yet… Am I annoyed by vegetarian restaurants offering faux steak and chicken? Yes… call it whatever you want, but don’t call it “steak” or “chicken” mmmkay? Am I going to turn down hanging out with you because we’re going to a meat palace? hell no. In fact, ironically our first mid-week meetup for the Dot Com Lunch crew will be the following Wednesday at G-Burger (they have 3 veggetarian sandwiches so I’m good), see you there?