Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Going veg!

Okay so that might sound a bit nutty given that I'm training for a marathon. I have in fact decided to go veg for Lent! I am Catholic although I don't really go to church very often, but this year I decided I was going to actually do something for Lent. I gave up meat a few times before for Lent, so I'm going for it again. I haven't decided exactly what that will mean to me yet, but I have a couple things that are going to be important for me to feel like this was a success.
  1. I will not eat pasta and tomato sauce everyday. Boring!
  2. I will not survive on peanut butter alone.
  3. I will not eat veggie burgers and soy patties on a regular basis.
  4. I will not eat beans and rice everyday either. Variety is key!
I bought a cookbook last night (it's already shipped... yay Amazon!), and I'm going to try recipes from there. It's called "The Conscious Cook" and it's by Tal Ronnen. It had great reviews and a friend actually recommended it. The recipes are vegan, and I'm not going straight vegan but this will help me with variety and creativity.

A couple disclaimers to go along with this adventure:
  1. I am not going vegan. I will eat dairy products. I'm still not sure about eggs.
  2. I may eat fish. Again, still not sure... I am going to focus as much as I can on not eating fish even when I'm at home, but there may be time when it happens (restaurants, etc.).
  3. I am not doing this permanently, unless I love it.
  4. I am not doing this because I think meat is bad for you, etc. This is a challenge I'm giving myself for Lent.
So, I do want to also mention that when I do eat meat, I do my best to eat meat that is raised humanely and sustainably. After reading about the health problems associated with eating animals force fed corn to make them fat, I started that transition. Then, Food Inc. was really all I needed to push myself over the edge. On a student budget, it is challenging, but it's worth it!

On the running front, it is still SNOWING! I am supposed to run a slow 5 miles today, so I'll be fitting that in after class. I also have to hit the grocery store to get some food. I've got plenty of produce, but I need some more grains and legumes. Let the veg begin!


  1. if that new book has any recipes with TVP (textured vegitable protein) let me know. I bought it on a whim after Rocco Dispirito talked about it on the rachael ray show... now i'm not really sure what to do with it! good luck on going veggie!

  2. please ignore that i'm a spaz and spelt everything wrong in my comment. hit the wrong button and didn't get to spell check!