Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Goal for August

Just a quick reminder that the photo giveaway is still going on for anyone that's interested.

Last month I had a goal of an average of three posts a week on the blog, and I exceeded that. This month I had a little different goal, and I kind of don't want to admit what it is.  Of course I will, because I wouldn't tease you like that and then leave it.  I just have to work up the nerve first.

Okay, here goes.

I'mtryingnottoeatmeatforthemonthofAugust.  Whew! Sorry, I had to get it all out at once. I do realize that that shouldn't be such a hard thing to admit, but you have to understand my background a little bit.  I'm from the Midwest.  That should about explain it right there, shouldn't it?  We raise pork and beef and we eat pork and beef.  Those "vegetarian" types are always viewed with a tolerant skepticism (is that an oxymoron?).  They're allowed, but they're a little odd.  There's a restaurant in one town that's some sort of a steak joint.  It proudly advertises that "It's a vegetarian's worst nightmare!"  And that's considered a selling point.

My grandpa doesn't believe that it is a real meal unless it includes both meat and potatoes. Once, when I was mixing together a boxed cake at their house, it called for an egg white.  I asked Grandpa where I should put the yolk (garbage or compost).  He looked at me funny, then said that I should put it in the cake where it belongs.  Yeah, he really doesn't get the whole "healthy eating" thing.  Which is not to say he is unhealthy.  He eats like a horse, but he's still as skinny as ever.  My grandma, who tries to cut down on their cholesterol intake, has her work cut out for her.

Yes, the Midwest.  My parents don't think that it is a meal without meat.  In fact, you decide the meat you're going to eat and the rest of the meal revolves around that.  Even when abstaining from meat, there has to be something as a substitute, whether eggs, cheese, or seafood.

If I were doing it for religious reasons, abstaining from meat, that would be acceptable.  Laudable, even, because you're voluntarily giving up meat. But I'm not.  I'm doing it for health reasons.  Not because I'm unhealthy, but because I don't eat enough fruits and vegetables.  I thought maybe it force me to go outside my Midwestern box and come up with some different meals.  And if those meals included more vegetables, then maybe I would learn to eat more vegetables.

It's actually going quite well.  I'm looking at meal options that I would not have considered before, but I'm liking them.  I haven't tried a lot of new recipes, but there's still a couple of weeks left.  Come September, I will eat meat again (and I had it on one of my road trips this month).  However, I may eat it less because some of the vegetarian meals are pretty tasty.  I like them on a work day, because I don't have a heavy meal sitting in my stomach all afternoon while I try to work.

I don't think I'm losing any weight, though.  Why would I?  Cheesecake is still on the menu.

(Maybe may goal next month should be to cut sugar... Hmm... Healthy, but that would be the really hard one for me!)


  1. Wow...I salute you and wish you well. From one midwestern gal to another - givin' up meat?!?! Without religious reason?!?! ----That's just crazy talk! :)

  2. Wow! Good luck. That's a huge goal, but August is already half over, so you only have 2 1/2 weeks left. I cut out sugar, dairy, and gluten (because I had to), and it was hard, but once I made the diet adjustment, it's easier. I eat a ton of fruits and veggies and love it now. Depending on where you live, you may look into to get tons of fruits and veggies for 16.50 a week. I think you're in the West, so you should be able to find a pick-up close to you. Just a thought as produce can so quickly add up in a grocery bill.

  3. Good for you. I have a lot of sympathy because I feel the same way about dairy. I should eliminate it for health reasons, but somehow it feels so essential unless fasting from it. I think that I need to focus on being healthy for the sake of being a good steward of my body in order to get such changes to last outside of penitential seasons. ::sigh::

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. I have a dad who is much a believer in the midwestern diet of meat and potatoes and a mother who is a vegetarian most of the time. So while I've never strictly been vegetarian, I was definitely raised on excellent veggie-filled meals with some sort of meat served on the side as an afterthought. :) There are so many ways to cook vegetarian without compromising yumminess. Good luck in with this over the next couple of weeks! (I would have a much harder time giving up the sugar...maybe I should be thinking about doing that...)

  5. wow. good for you for pushing yourself! i admit it helps having medical reasons to push me to do this diet. i don't know that i could otherwise! (well, i have been vegetarian before just on curiosity, so i guess i take that back). on the other hand, sugar is the final thing to scratch off for my endo diet and it is so. hard. two steps forward, one step back, continuously.