I am a week into my 40/40/40 meatless challenge and it is so far, so good. I’ve only had one meat craving for fried chicken all week. Much like when I gave up soda (how I miss you Dr. Pepper) I really only crave it when I see someone else having it. There is just nothing like the smell of meat.
I’m trying to remember to replace the meat in my diet with vegetables and alternative proteins instead of just starch. I could easily live on bread and cheese, but that doesn’t seem like a good idea. I found out last night that my rice cooker makes perfect quinoa so that will be lunch for the next couple of days.
Aside from the environmental benefit, the goal of the exercise was to make me much more mindful about what I am eating. Every time I eat I have to think about it. I can’t just have the hot dog at Costco because it is really easy and I’m hungry; I have to plan and shop differently. No rushing to work and picking up lunch at the greasy spoon allowed and I’m pretty happy with that so far.
8 days down, 32 to go.