Month of Vegetarianism: Day 1

Tuesday, February 1 2011

“Ok…ok…i got this.”

That’s what i was thinking most of today. “I can totally last a month without eating meat.” I had my apple cinnamon oatmeal this morning for breakfast, and some peanut butter crackers. So far, so good. Then, a coworker started talking about some chili that her friends were making.

If you didn’t know, Denton is FROZEN SOLID right now. Hot chili sounds REALLY good.

I said, “Aww man…i might have to find my way over to your apartment to get me summa that chili…” and she quickly hit me with, “YOU CAN’T!”

Dangit. Already failed my first test.

But, I did make it through Day One without eating meat. Here’s what I ate, as of 11:31 PM: one package of Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, one package of peanut butter crackers, a Peanut Butter-N-Jelly sandwich, some Vanilla Yogurt, and several handfulls of tortilla chips. That’s bad, i know but…hey, no meat!

I should be good to go for a few days (or weeks) though. I went to WalMarts last night before the storm hit and stocked up on Veggie Food. It was strange to walk through the store, shopping before the storm. LOTS of food was gone from the shelves, as if thousands of locust-like people had descended upon the WalMarts to stock up before the storm. I wandered the aisles alone, and felt for the first time what it is like to be a vegetarian. It’s extremely limiting. There’s SO MUCH on the shelves i couldn’t have. I actually felt a bit discriminated against, and now I’m beginning to see things from a new perspective…from the Vegetarian perspective. Horizons: Expanding.

Here’s what I bought, for only $30.

Tostitos (to pay back Golson and Chris for eating their chips), 2 boxes of Oatmeal, a sack of red potatoes, some wheat bread, some spiral pasta noodles, like 7 things of yogurt, a bag of northern beans, a bag of mexian frijoles negros, a 3-pound bag of white rice (yum), peanut butter crackers, some grits (don’t laugh), and elbow pasta.

Is there meat in any of that?

I actually read the labels on things to make sure, because I’m gonna do this legit. I’ve got some vegetables and fruits in the fridge already, and i couldn’t really buy much more because the store was so empty. But, what i’ve got will work for now.

Any ideas for recipes?

EDITOR’S NOTE: I had a peanut butter half-sandwich before i went to sleep.

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4 responses

  1. White Beans and Rice. Red Beans and Rice. Jumbalaya. Just don’t add meat to any of it. (buy the Zatarains box. It’s really good.) Fried Rice. Pancakes. Spaghetti O’s.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:11 am

  2. katie

    the problem with those box mixes and processed canned foods is, sometimes they have things like dehydrated chicken stock or beef stock in them so they arent truly vegetarian. don’t know if that really matters to you, but its just something to consider. you did good reading labels! i am impressed!

    best way to avoid all meat? Cook fresh from scratch so you can control the ingredients in your food.

    go back to wal-mart when this supid “frozen earth” BS is over and buy some veggies, starch guy! they will fill you up and keep you fuller for longer than a meal of starch would.

    also in your free time, Google the Glycemic Index list of foods…. its a good way to balance meals. the lower the number for the food, the fuller it gets you and the less stressful it is for your body to process. good luck!

    February 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm

  3. David

    The best thing to do is eat meat because it is dumb not to. Meat tastes wonderful, (no homo), we only live once, so why avoid things that are great. Make the best of life and eat meat. No homo again.

    February 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm

  4. Garrison

    bahahaha! I agree with David on eating meat. Meat makes you feel good. No homo.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:39 pm

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