To start the year off to a healthier start, I’ve decided to challenge myself to a month without meat! From January 1-30, your girl will go without meat. A vegetarian diet is something that I’ve done temporarily before, and my body truly enjoys the break. However, I have no plans to be anti-meat. I do enjoy seafood and certain particular dishes that include other meats like beef, pork, chicken & lamb. I would like to maintain a pescetarian (includes seafood only) diet that is mostly vegetarian. So starting the year off without meat will be a great kick-start to this lifestyle change.
One thing I enjoy about a vegetarian diet is expanding my horizons with foods. People get bent out of shape when you talk about not eating meat - but the reality is that meat makes up a small portion of the vast amount of foods out there to eat. I find that I’m always inspired to try new and different things when I take meat out of the equation. For example, for lunch today I had warm whole wheat mini pitas with tomato & basil hummus to dip the pitas in. I paired it with a small salad of persian cucumbers & mini heirloom tomatoes. Without meat, this meal was filling, delicious, and colorful.
Thinking about giving meat a break? Then join the challenge with me! Can’t imagine going a month without your favorite meats? Try eliminating meat from your diet just one day a week – maybe a Meatless Monday. This will give you an opportunity to explore your meatless options for meals without taking you too far out of your comfort zone.