I am a vegetarian. This happened 2 years ago- I read the book “Born to Run,” and I decided I would become a vegan. EASY! Actually, I bought heaps of Chia Seeds and hoped to wake up every morning as one of the Tarahumara people.
It didn’t work- and neither did being a vegan. I got pregnant, and the cravings for REAL ice cream trumped the don’t eat animals stuff. I honestly could only dream to have that willpower.
Meat, however, wasn’t hard. I only ever ate chicken, and I found tempeh and tofu and said Adios to the chicks. All of my actual meals are typically of vegan variety. I drink only coconut milk and eat only soy yogurt. It’s when I want to indulge that the cows make an entrance into my life. Mainly, I mean chocolate and ice cream.
I hear a lot “HOW DO YOU GET YOUR PROTEIN?! YOU’RE A RUNNER, YOU NEED PROTEIN.” To this I say, “stop.” Meat is not the only way to get protein, sillys. I eat plenty of beans, quinoa, tofu, tempeh, pillow cushions, and Braxton’s chubby feet. I’m fine! I just don’t really like meat, and I don’t miss it. I’ll add some recipes that might make you say, “Steak? What is that?” **
But the ice cream. Sorry, but walking into town w the fam for a good bowl of cookie dough with rainbow sprinkles just isn’t worth the misery of life without it:)
**Disclaimer- this did not work for my husband. No matter how much tofu I make him, he prefers the steak every time.