Damn! That’s a long week.
Have you ever thought about how vegetarians live their lives? Their struggles, their achievements, or even how they do mundane things? Well, I have!
So, to get the answer, I decided to experience it first hand. I thought there are only one type of vegan people, but there are so many. There are ones that only eat veggies. Ones that only don’t eat fresh meat, but still eat processed ones. Ones that doesn’t even eat dairies. The list goes on.
So, because this was my first time, I picked the fresh meat and processed meat vegetarian. I don’t eat fresh meat, nor do I eat sausages or bacon. But, I still consume eggs and broths made out of meat – I know this is still some type of fresh meat, but really, it is mostly water.
I put “Be a vegetarian for a week” on my bucket list on January 2016. I keep delaying it though, because I was not ready to give up meat. But, this summer, I declared it was time to do it. From the 25th of June to the 2nd of July, I was a vegetarian.
The first couple of days weren’t a big deal at all. I ate a lot more carbs. My egg consumption reached its peak. But, nothing was making me had second thoughts about this vegetarian thing. I was seriously considering being a permanent vegetarian!
But, gone are the days where I do not crave meat. From the third day onward, I had no will to eat. It was that bad.
Usually, when I don’t want to wake up, my mom would cook up something for me to get me out of bed. But, on this particular week, that trick was not at all successful.
Eating used to be a special time for me. I eat when I’m stressed, bored, happy, depressed, and so on. But, eating without any sort of meats, could not be considered ‘actually’ eating – at least for me.
The hardest part wasn’t not eating meat. It was the temptation from meat-eaters around me.
Just an advice for non-vegetarians : Don’t tease your newly vegetarian friend. It will be a lot harder from them – take it from a huge meat lover.
On the third day, my family decided to have lunch in my favorite sushi restaurant, and all I could eat was tofu. Yeah, that sucks from the get-go. What makes it even more depressing was the constant teasing of my parents.
“Come on, just a bite!”
“You’ll never gonna last a week anyway! Why not stop now?”
Yeah, don’t do that.
After going through a week without meat, would I even consider to do it again? No. I hate to even think that I have to do it once more.
But, you know what? It has bring some enlightenment about the life of vegans out there. Granted, not every vegan will be as desperate as me, but there’s bound to be some people struggling out there. I’ll give my respect to ya’ll who keep persevering even though you already went through so much.
This week has taught me to keep holding on. No matter how hard it is, there’s always an end.
And for those of you who considered being vegetarian to lose weight, you’ll be happy to hear that it works! Even though I’ve eaten a lot more carbs, sugar, and chips in the past week than ever in my life, I actually lost 2 kg.
Be cautious about the yo-yo effect though – I gained that 2 kg fast! Being vegetarian also reduces my acne and skin problems!
Many of you will be asking : Should I do it? Yes, you should absolutely do so. You’ll be able to see the world from a whole new perspective after doing this. Not to mention the health benefits!
Your Runaway Panda.