I’m a week into my vegetarian diet and need to make some notes about how it’s going so far.
My meals have been something like this for the most part:
Breakfast: coffee + vitamin supplements (omega-3, calcium-magnesium, pro-biotic and vitamin D)
Lunch: Quinoa or Bean Salad
Supper: A Big Salad
I did lose 2-3 lbs in this first week in spite of Beerfest on Saturday.
There were a few lessons learned though.
- It’s really difficult to feel satisfied with a vegetarian meal while avoiding the pastas, breads and potatoes. After having a family sized bowl of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions I still feel really hungry.
- Salads at most restaurants are terribly small for a main course. Most restaurants have only one menu item that comes close to falling in my diet guidelines which makes picking something from the menu rather easy.
- Salt can affect weight more than I realized. After a few days of very low salt intake eating a very high salt falafel on Sunday I was up 3lbs day over day.
- Eating a bowl full of vegetables feels like a chore. (Eat to live not Live to Eat)
- At least in the first week, I’ve been craving a burger or pizza
- It’s really hard to avoid cheese
On the positive side:
- I haven’t felt sick or dizzy. No headaches
- have been sleeping well
- still have energy in the day
One of the things that I usually re-learn when I do these dietary experiments is that it’s kind of nice to have a limited selection of food to choose from. It makes the decision process much easier. Simple meals with one thing on the plate are even better. The normal meal that I would have growing up needed 3 decisions – which meat, which vegetables and what starch. Now it’s which salad – a choice which is usually determined by what’s in the fridge at the moment.