As an update to what I posted a few weeks ago in regard to a change in my diet, I am happy to report that I have dropped beef, poultry, and pork, for the most part, from my eating! I have been expanding my choices for completely meat-free meals (relying both on old favorites and on some of the better meat substitutes on the market), and I am loving that I don’t have to think so hard about how my meal was treated before it made its way to my table. For the most part, I am very happy with this, although I have to admit that when I stopped to pick up Chik-fil-a for my mom and grandmother yesterday, I was really tempted. However, I hit up Panera for a lunch of my own, and all was good!
I have only two caveats to this whole plan. This first is that if I am at someone’s house, and they are preparing a meat-centered meal (and this includes holidays), I will still eat the meat. If there is a fish option, I will opt for the fish, but if the only main protein option is beef, poultry, or pork, I will eat it. I don’t want to turn into some revolutionary, vegetarian activist or anything, and I don’t want people to feel that they have to plan around my food preferences when planning a meal. I figure a 95% success rate is better than nothing at all, and that is how I am going to do this. The second is that there will be times, if I am comfortable that the meat being offered by a restaurant is from an animal that has been treated well, that I may opt to eat meat. I was out to dinner last week with some friends at a restaurant that has just recently started listing information about the local and sustainable foods that they are using on their menu. I was briefly excited that maybe I could opt for a turkey burger since it had information on where the turkey came from, but in the end I had fish tacos anyway because that is what I wanted. But it’s exciting to see restaurants get on board with this stuff, and it’s nice to think that an occasional meat-based meal can be mine without me feeling any guilt about it.
I am heading back to Weight Watchers tomorrow for my first weigh-in in about a month, I believe. My eating has been back on track this week, and I have been tracking using the eTools online, and I am feeling good about where I stand going in. I think I am probably up a few pounds (but am hoping it’s less than three), but I am not up as high as I was at the end of last week, when I stepped on the scale and cringed on my backslide. It’s time to close the floodgates and get back on my plan.
Make it a great day, everyone!