I became Vegetarian so you don’t have to

I’m going to start this off by saying that if you haven’t seen The Game Changers movie on Netflix, you need to watch it ASAP. My friend recommended this movie to me and I had a feeling it was going to be one of those movies that turns people vegan so I was scared to watch it. Don’t get me wrong, I love the environment and everything that vegans stand for but I have never been interested and I was NOT willing to be swayed. One night I was super bored and scrolling through Netflix and I stumbled upon the highly recommended movie and decided to watch it. The movie was only about an hour and a half long, it kept my attention the entire time and inspired me to make a change.

The movie included a ton of interesting information about how athletes perform their best when they cut out meat. It showed multiple studies and examples of this with various athletes in the Olympics, players on the Dolphins, even Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie showed the impact of meat on our blood and so much more. In my opinion this is a MUST see. It made me so curious that I had to try out being a vegetarian for myself. I’m calling my newfound vegetarian diet the ‘veggie test’ because I’m not sure how long this is going to last, so I’m going to document my first week so far since I’ve completed it.

The vegetarian diet that I chose is called a Lacto Ovo Vegetarian. This means that I can still have dairy and eggs. This is the perfect option for me at this time because I’m not ready to cut everything out yet and be vegan (and I don’t know if I’ll ever be).

You have to start somewhere right??

Day 1 (November 1, 2019)

This was the perfect day for me to start because I had no food in my house so I knew I was going to have to get take out for lunch anyway. I was training legs later on that night so I was super eager to see how I felt during my lift. Not going to lie, I felt absolutely no change at all. It was only the first day so I decided to keep it up.

Day 2 (November 2, 2019)

For breakfast I had protein oats and then I went to the gym and did shoulders, . My workout was better this day but I still didn’t feel like superwoman. For lunch I went to my favorite salad bar and got it without Salmon which was very sad but still tasty. My digestion was on point so I was pretty happy but nothing big yet.

Day 3 (November 3, 2019)

I woke up on day 3 a bit hungover. I got an egg and cheese sandwich with no bacon! This has NEVER happened. After the egg and cheese cured me I did a 45 minute Tabata ride with Ally Love. I hit a PR, but this was not out of the ordinary for me because Sundays and Mondays are when I normally hit my PR’s on the Peloton because my legs are rested. I went to my friends house and she offered me a brownie. Normally I would say no and I’d be freaking out about it inside, but this time I said no with no craving. Was my pallet changing or was I just full?

Day 4 (November 4, 2019)

I did my morning routine of waking up at 5:15 to do the Peloton hit another PR, which like I said is normal for me on Sundays and Mondays. I had avocado toast on sourdough bread that I got from Trader Joes along with 2 eggs and 1/4 of an avocado for breakfast. For lunch I had Trader Joes Italian soy sausage, Banza Pasta, Raos and some veggies. Then I took on another leg day. I honestly felt weak this day it was kind of strange, but probably because I squatted 185 which I’m not used to at all. I went home had dinner and no dessert.

I started seeing this no dessert trend happening. I am probably the biggest dessert girl there is but for some weird reason I wasn’t craving it at all. I was way less bloated and I was loving life.

Day 5 (November 5, 2019)

On day 5 I took progress pictures. I compared them to the previous weeks and realized I looked worse… I was confused. I then decided to pull out my macro counter and make sure I was getting enough protein. (I want to do a post about counting macros because I was super crazy about them for awhile so I have been very reluctant to make sure I was getting enough but I had to know) Turns out, for this day I was going to be just fine on my macro scale so I went on with my day. This is when I realized my digestion has been terrible and I wasn’t sure why – my water intake was 1 Gallon by the end of the day so something just felt weird about this.

Side note: I decided that I think I’m going to lightly track for this process because I want to make sure that I’m getting enough protein without eating meat. Turns out it’s possible!

On this day I did chest and biceps at the gym. I hit 3 PR’s and I didn’t even realize until I started writing this post.

Day 6 (November 6, 2019)

On day 6 I hit 124 g of protein! I was SO happy and also satisfied all day long. Here’s a what I ate:

Breakfast: 2 eggs with 2 pieces of sourdough bread and 1/4 of an avocado.

Lunch: overnight oats with Plain Greek Yogurt (a variation of this recipe- you can find the exact one under my oats highlight)

Dinner: beefless ground beef burrito (from Trader Joes) made with a Joseph’s flax, oat bran wholewheat lavish which I highly recommend to get some extra protein in (12 g of protein for 2 servings which is the whole wrap!) .

I went to the gym and trained back, I felt super energized and was able to lift heavier than normal. On this day my digestion finally went back to normal and I felt really good!

Day 7 (November 7, 2019)

On day 7 I woke up and I did my normal 20 minute bike ride. I was tired but I felt good (usually this is how I feel at the end of the week). I noticed how I wasn’t bloated at all anymore and I was feeling so good about myself and what I was eating. I went to work feeling extremely energized. We received a shipment in of products that day which required very heavy lifting and an active day. I went in full speed and I ended up feeling very tired by about 10:00. This is how I normally feel on Thursdays because I just went through a long week. I was extra hungry and had a few extra snacks throughout the day. I pushed myself to go to a workout at 6:00 even though I didn’t want to. I made it short but I stil

My thoughts after 1 week:

At first, I didn’t think I was going to make it even a week. I love a good challenge so I was up for it but when I saw chicken I wanted it. As time went on my cravings shifted from chocolate to nothing. I was satisfied at all times. I wasn’t thinking about food and what I was going to eat next 24/7. With that being said, I’m going to continue on with my ‘veggie test’. It seems as though right now my body is thanking me but I’m interested to see how long I can last before my body decides it’s had enough – although I’m not sure that this will happen. I really want to take you through this experience.

Are you a vegetarian?

Was it like when you made the transition?

Do you think you’ll ever go back to eating meat?

Thanks for reading!

Carly @eatsbycarly

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