Here’s an update on Meatless March…I failed. I lasted one week without eating any seafood, poultry, or red meat. However, by the end of the first week, I spent most days feeling lightheaded and weak. I made the mistake of not eating more veggies with iron. I had anemia in the past and even in my early pregnancy, not getting enough iron was an issue for me. Another thing that made it hard was that I still live at home and my mom usually cooks dinner.
Most days I was too tired from taking care of my baby to make myself something for dinner, so I would just eat whatever my mom made for dinner. Usually what my mom made for dinner included either red meat or poultry.
I may not have been able to give up meat for a whole month, but I do plan on eating less from now on. Maybe I can eat meat twice a week and improve from there. It might take me a while, but I would like to eventually become either vegetarian or vegan.
I’m a few days late with this post, but better late than never! This month, I am taking part in Meatless March. This is my 3rd year in a row taking part in Meatless March. During Meatless March, I am giving up eating red meat (pork and beef), poultry (chicken and turkey), and seafood.
The first year was the hardest. I used to eat a lot of red meat and chicken, so I definitely missed it when I was unable to eat it. The second year was a little bit easier. I didn’t miss red meat as much, but I did miss eating chicken a lot. Not sure how this year will go, but I am more prepared and have learned from my past mistakes in taking part in Meatless March. One mistake I made in the first year was not eating enough iron. This led to me being anemic and having low energy most days.
The reason I am taking part in Meatless March is to get myself used to eating less and less meat and chicken. My goal is to one day become vegetarian, but I need to take it slowly. I know there are some people who are able to give up meat overnight, but I am not one of them. The easiest thing for me to give up will be pork, since I don’t like eating pork. The only time I eat pork is when I eat pizza with pepperoni. Chicken and turkey will be a bit more difficult to give up. In my family, my mom cooks dinner with meat most days, so for the month of March, I will have to make my own meals.
So far it’s been six days since I had any meat and I admit that it’s been harder than I thought it would be. Hopefully I can make it through March without eating any meat. I just need to start cooking more for myself and add more veggies, especially spinach and broccoli.
Although 2018 was a good year for me, I am definitely looking forward to 2019. Of course the biggest things I am looking forward to is the birth of my baby girl. She will be here in less than 2 weeks! Still in shock that I am going to be someone’s mom. Never saw that coming. Some other things I am looking forward to is becoming a better and faster runner, finally starting my business, and paying off most, if not all of my credit cards this year. Every year I like to make a bucket list. This year is no different. Some things on my bucket list are small things like learn to make cheesecake from scratch, while others will take more time and dedication in completing them, like running a half marathon (13.1 miles) in under 2 hours. Here is my bucket list for 2019.
Have a healthy baby girl
Take part in Meatless March
Write two blog posts a week
Read 50 books
Take Ayanna to Disneyland for her 5th birthday
LA County or OC Fair with my family
Go to Universal Studios during Grinchmas
Do 25 pushups nonstop
Run a half marathon (13.1 miles) in under 2 hours
Run a 5k race (3.1 miles) in under 25 minutes
Run 1 mile in 8 minutes
No Spend Challenge
Pay off at least 5 credit cards
Start a business
Learn to make cheesecake from scratch
Movies to Watch:
Toy Story 4
Will be adding more to the bucket list as the year goes on!
I decided to take part in Meatless March once again. I went 31 days without eating any red meat (pork or beef), poultry, and seafood. This was my second time doing this. I took part in Meatless March for the first time in 2017. For the most part, it was not too difficult, though I did cheat twice. I ate chicken once and red meat once.
Something I did during Meatless March was run the LA Marathon as a vegetarian. By that point, I had been a vegetarian for about three weeks. I felt good, didn’t feel like if I was deprived of anything and I had plenty of energy. I was able to finish my second marathon in approx 5 hours and 13 mins.
One good thing about taking part in Meatless March was the fact that it forced me to be more open minded and try food that I would never have tried before. When I went to San Diego, I ate pizza with artichoke and jalapenos. I had never tasted jalapenos or artichokes before .
I wouldn’t have been able to get through Meatless March if it wasn’t for the many options I had for mock meats. My favorite brands that I tried were Gardein, they made the best meatless chicken wings, and Morning Star, they make good meatless burgers.
Towards the end of the month, I admit I started getting lazy and didn’t cook much for myself. So I spent most of the last week waking up with low energy and headaches.
Since Meatless March ended, I have begun eating meat again. However, I don’t eat pork and eat beef very rarely. For the most part, I mainly eat chicken. I do plan to become vegetarian eventually and maybe even vegan (someone who eats absolutely no animal products). I liked how I felt during the time when I wasn’t eating meat.
I took part in Meatless March in 2017 and it was difficult at first, but I got through it. Decided to take part in it again this year. The challenge for me will be training for the LA Marathon while not eating any meat or poultry. This means I have to find another way to get my protein and keep myself well fed. It might be a little bit difficult but I hope I can do it. My goal is to eventually give up meat and poultry for good. In order to do this, I know I have to plan my meals carefully every week and not give in to temptation! Wish me luck! 31 days no meat, seafood, or poultry!