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November 16, 2011

Going Vegetarian: A Month-Long Trial

“No face, no food.” That’s the motto I came up with recently as a joking response to a vegetarian friend. I love eating meat. It’s delicious and I feel absolutely no guilt over it. My favourite foods include sushi and butter chicken, two meat-heavy dishes bereft of vegetables. So why have I decided to go vegetarian for a month? It’s not because I feel overly compassionate for animals or I’m trying to be healthier. No, I’m going vegetarian out of curiosity. Beyond the reasons I’ve just given, there are so many compelling arguments for giving up meat like conserving the world’s resources that are used to raised animals for food, saving money, and even just being a little more conscious of the food I’m eating. I mean, don’t knock it ’til you try it, right?

So for the month of November I have given up beef, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish and any other kind of animal flesh, but am still consuming eggs and dairy products. So far it hasn’t been too bad. It’s been just over a week and I haven’t noticed the absence of meat yet. I haven’t even eaten meat accidentally or out of habit, something I expected to happen right away. And at the end of November, if I’ve found it’s not so bad, then maybe I’ll continue being vegetarian. Or I might head to the nearest McDonald’s and eat my heart out.

Thinking of going vegetarian? Here are some tips:

  1. Make sure you’re still eating protein! Substitute meat with protein-rich products like beans, tofu and quinoa.
  2. Tell your friends and families. Letting those around you know will help with your commitment and who knows? They might join you.
  3. Utilise your resources! Check out and for handy tips on eating vegetarian.
  4. Find going cold turkey too daunting? Start with Meatless Mondays. (Or any other day of the week.) Pick one day of the week to go without meat, then build yourself up to two, three days a week until you’re a full-fledged vegetarian.

What do you think?
Would you ever go vegetarian? Are you a vegetarian with some tips or recipes? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Jon

    Companies like PETA have actually turned me off from ever wanting to go vegetarian. ugh!

  • “Find going cold turkey too daunting?” — Haha so punny!

    For me at least, I just don’t have the will power to resist eating meat. But I would really like to see how you fared by the end of the month!

  • I’ve done a vegetarian diet twice, once lasting three months and the other a month and a half. It wasn’t so much that it was hard, as I found a vegetarian diet really easy to stick to, but as someone who loves dining out and trying a wide variety of foods I found myself missing certain foods. Most places don’t accommodate vegetarians very well, and those that do only usually have one or two suitable entrees, unless they cater specifically to a vegetarian or vegan crowd. Good luck with diet! 🙂

    • I’ve found the exact same thing: a vegetarian diet is actually quite easy to stick to except when you’re dining out and you’re tempted by all the menu options – which far outnumber the vegetarian options. There are definitely a few restaurants I’m looking forward to visiting in December!

  • Anonymous

    For some reason, I tend to order vegetarian options whenever I eat out. Haha. I can see myself becoming a long-term vegetarian (I can’t eat a meal without veggies included), but like the other commentators mentioned, I do have to give up some delicious foods such as salmon, steak, chicken, turkey, etc. I don’t think I can live without them in my diet. Plus, I’ll have to eat more protein substitutes (e.g., tofu, chick peas, and beans) that I do not always find filling or satisfying–they just don’t have the same solid texture as meat.

    GOOD LUCK on your food experiment, Megan! Let me know how it goes! =D

    P.S. I admire anyone who goes the vegan route. I can’t  imagine myself functioning without eggs, milk, or cheese. >.<

    • Elaine: It’s true, protein substitutes don’t always feel as filling or satisfying. But on the other hand, I find I’m not overeating and feeling sickly full as I did sometimes when I ate meat. Being vegetarian does feel somewhat healthier – though I am starting to miss meat!

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