I honestly can't believe it's been two years since I became a pescatarian. I've surprised myself and my family by lasting this long. Occasionally I do crave meat (especially during holiday gatherings) but I have yet to give into the temptation. It hasn't been exactly easy. I remember when I first started, I felt the constant need to have some kind of seafood to replace meat in my meals. But now I can go days without eating meat or meat substitute. I had to learn different ways to protein, iron and other important nutrients. So here are a few things I've learned along the way:
Protein, Protein, Protein!— Meat isn't the only source of protein. Protein can be found in beans, tofu, quinoa, dairy, and seeds just to name a few
Cool it on the carbs— Some replace meat with carbs as a way to fill themselves up. Unless you plan on doing a heck of a lot cardio to burn off the carbs, don't double up.
Plan ahead— To avoid just eating anything to satisfy your hunger, plan your meals ahead of time and get everything at once. This also helps save money by making unnecessary
Fresh is best— This tip is for all not just pescatarians. It's always best to have fresh fruits and vegetables instead of frozen. Give your body the real deal and processed foods.
Two weeks and still going strong!!!!!! Because I'm getting bored with my current meal routine, I decided to add a new food into my life. Introducing quinoa!!!!!! Quinoa is grain, which has almost twice the protein as brown rice. I found this miracle grain at a nearby Safeway. It can be used in place of rice in any meal or recipe. To me quinoa has the texture of grits. So what did I do with it, I threw so salt, pepper, butter and cheese and TADA breakfast!!!! So quinoa and scrambled eggs have been my replacement for oatmeal.
Although I've been good, it's been hell watching tv with all the food commercials. I've even been having dreams about me eating meat. I think that's my subconscious saying "where's the meat,trick?" I'm now realizing how difficult it is going out and eating. Like yesterday I realized I can't eat Chic-Fil-A anymore O.O And going out to eat at restaurants, is a nice break from cooking every night but unfortunately only offer few choice. : /
But the biggest test will be this weekend. Steph and I are attending my older sister and grandmother's sorority fundraiser event tomorrow. Hopefully there will be other alternatives for meat. And that's not what I'm most worried about. The following day, my grandmother will be having brunch at her house. It's going to be hard to turn down bacon, sausage, and cornbeef hash. But it's ok we've be able to eat waffles, pancakes, homefries, oatmeal, and anything else that can make our hips spread.lol.
With 2011 whining down, Stephanie and I focused on starting off 2012 right. One new years resolution we’ve both decided on is to give up meat. *gasp for air* It’s still hard for me grasp that idea that yesterday I ate my last Christmas meal with meat, but I digress. Being that half of my family is from the south, I grew up eating up eating all kinds of meat. As I’ve gotten older I’ve noticed that I eat less pork and beef (mainly because I’m too lazy to cook them both.lol). So I’ve decided to take it a step further and cut out poultry, as well as red meat. I don’t mind eating fruit but it’s the dreaded vegetables I can do without.
Strangely enough the one the main reasons I decided to become a vegetarian is my hair! Having natural hair dictates most my life (more than I would like to admit, but once again I digress). Recently I’ve realized how much I put into my hair. I pay attention to how much I wash/condition it, how much heat much I put on it, and most importantly what I put on it. I’ve spent countless hours in grocery stores, drug stores and Targets all over the DMV reading ingredients on hair care product, on the look out for hazardous sulfates and yuck silicones. All this time I focus on what goes on my hair and yet I don’t think twice about what I’m putting into my mouth. Sounds pretty backwards, right?
Now that I’ve seen the error in ways, I’m on to correcting them this very moment!!! Well…. Maybe not this very moment, there’re still leftovers in the fridge.lls. But as soon January 1st hits I’m a new woman.