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Subject:Vegetarian for a month
Time:11:19 pm
I've been giving serious thought to declaring myself to be a vegetarian for the month of April. I probably won't, but it's an interesting possibility.

Why? I've been eating badly, and I've been feeling the effects. Today I was running errands around lunch time and I hadn't eaten all day. There was a Quiznos right next to one of the stores I was at, so I grabbed a prime rib and peppercorn sandwich. I forgot that their regular size is huge, so that's what I got. That's a shit ton of meat. My stomach Did Not Like Me later in the day.

If I spend a month eating vegetarian, it will force me to pay more attention to what I eat. I can't imagine being a vegetarian permanently, or even for a long time, but a month might well be an interesting exercise.

Or maybe I should just pay attention to portion sizes. Hmm. I have several hours to decide.

I did go back to the workout routine today, after a several-month abandonment. I predict that I will be S-O-R-E in the morning. Go me!
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andrewhime
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Time:2007-04-01 09:01 am (UTC)
I dunno, I toy with going vegetarian sometimes, but I just can't commit to it.
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songmonk
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Time:2007-04-01 10:06 am (UTC)
Heh. I thought this sounded like a serious post, but then I wondered because it's April 1. But then I noticed you posted this last night, so okay. :-)

I've considered eating vegetarian for a week. I've read/heard a bit on the topic and I think that perhaps the vegetarians have a point. But I don't see the need to give up meat entirely. I love meat. :-) So if I did make a change, it would be to drastically reduce the amount of meat that I eat.

I don't think I'd have much trouble forgoing meat for a week. One time I noticed that I had inadvertently gone vegetarian for a few days. So I think I could go a week without too much difficulty.

Giving up meat permanently though...I think I would probably have trouble with that.

For a month? That would probably be a challenge for me. I don't think I could do it because I don't have the motivation to. But if someone bet me $10,000 I couldn't do, I know I could win that bet. :-)
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whipartist
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Time:2007-04-01 05:44 pm (UTC)
No joke.

A week would be easy... I've accidentally done it for that long.
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crayonbeam
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Time:2007-04-01 03:52 pm (UTC)
Finally, a chance to use my food icon!

I think my favorite food focus was when I made two out of my three meals each day vegan. It helped me get more veggies in, made me pack a lunch unless I really couldn't stand it, but still allowed me to eat meat often enough that I didn't feel all anemic.

Don't forget, Doritos and Pepsi are vegetarian. And Ho-Ho's. And Ben and Jerry's. And Cadbury Creme Eggs.

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whipartist
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Time:2007-04-01 05:44 pm (UTC)
And sushi and bacon.
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prock
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Time:2007-04-01 06:04 pm (UTC)
Vegtarian is the new Prius.

For what it's worth, environmental and health reasons where the two main factors in me becoming a vegetarian (who still occasionally eats meat).

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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2007-04-01 07:04 pm (UTC)
Big diet changes don't seem to work for me. I've found that when I try to modify my eating habits (not from Disastrous to Merely Bad, but from Bad to Good), I'm awful at it. For me, when I work out more, I somewhat-subconsciously pay more attention to the food I eat. I don't eat more veggies generally (whole pile of sensory issues there), but I am a little better about burger-vs.-healthier-gyros sorts of things, and I'm a little better about portion sizes. I've also found that the more I workout, plus the more I'm with my diabetic boyfriend, the less sugar I'm eating. I do eat some veggie versions of foods (I've found breakfast sausage, fake bacon, and some other substitutes I really like for themselves), but I just can't do vegetarian more than about six meals in a row. And even then, it would *have* to include cheese.
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dubiousx
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Time:2007-04-01 07:10 pm (UTC)
You should definitely be vegetarian for a month. It will be much easier than you think, especially in a large, young city like San Francisco where every restaurant has vegetarian items and many restaurants and stores cater to vegetarians.

Find yourself some good Thai, Japanese, Indian, Ethiopian and other restaurants and recipe websites for making your own food, so you're not just eating pasta primivera (the token vegetarian option at the cheesy chains like TGIFriday's and Bennigans) all the time. In other words, make this month an opportunity to explore and try new foods instead of thinking of it as limiting what you can eat.

Stay away from sushi restaurants because vegetarian sushi, though good, isn't nearly as good as the fish and it will be too much of a temptation.

For what it's worth, I was mostly vegetarian, and not eating red meat at all, when a vegan friend dared me to be completely vegetarian for a month. I did and it's now been about 13 years since I've eaten meat (except for the very occasional sushi or clams or oysters or muscles which, let's face it, is barely an animal anyway).

Let us know how it goes.
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filthy_habit
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Time:2007-04-01 07:58 pm (UTC)
S-O-R-E = Stud-Omaha-Razz-Eight or Better?
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hlmt
Subject:Vegetarian's not all it's cracked up to be...
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Time:2007-04-01 08:21 pm (UTC)
... to wit, I'm a vegetarian, have been since 1984, and you don't spell my name "slender." =) Did you know that peanut M&M's, for example, are entirely vegetarian?

I've been trying to lose weight, lately, and have wondered whether I should eat meat. Heh.
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whipartist
Subject:Re: Vegetarian's not all it's cracked up to be...
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Time:2007-04-01 08:54 pm (UTC)
it's really just a tool to force me to pay closer attention to what i'm eating. a habit-breaking tool.

I had salmom for lunch. I think it may be no-red-meat month instead. i'm still on the fence about poultry.
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playfulswitch
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Time:2007-04-03 05:10 am (UTC)
One of us! One of us! One of us!
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whipartist
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Time:2007-04-04 05:18 am (UTC)
If I go vegetarian for a month will you go omnivore for a month?
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