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11 Jun, 2015

21-day vegetarian challenge: day four

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Challenge me, challenge you|Recipes and Food

It’s been awhile since I felt like I was dragging my weary bones out of bed. I woke up feeling pretty awesome today. There could be a number of reasons why: (1) the sun was shining (2) there are more fruits and veggies in my diet, and no meat (3) I got a decent night’s sleep (4) re-introduction of my B vitamins.

Last night as I went to bed, I found myself running up the stairs and punching the air like some kind of Sylvester Stallone, and then I stopped and thought, what the hell just happened there? I’ll tell ya what happened: ENERGY and other GOOD STUFF.

I should add I am still working on my good habits: getting in a minimum of 10,000 steps a day, following them up with pushups, and long-form journalling brain dump when I wake up in the morning.

I’m only four days in to this veg challenge, so it might be too early to say, but it’s not that hard to drop meat out of one’s diet. I know I can do this. Half the world isn’t eating meat anyway – for religious, economic, or dietary reasons – so why should it be difficult for me?

Other quick observations before I get back to work and attack a few deadlines:

  • Flavourwise, almond milk yogurt is no replacement for my usual Activia brand. I’ll be hiding the rest of it in a smoothie later. Urgh.
  • Fruit makes a great snack – it’s sweet and filling. Yay for fruit!
  • Coconut bacon is not like real bacon :)

Thanks to everyone who’s commented, tweeted, and emailed! I really appreciate your friendship and support. xo

This post is part of my 21-day vegetarian challenge. You can read all of the posts in this series right here. If you’re curious, I’m tracking what I eat right here.


1 Response to "21-day vegetarian challenge: day four"

1 | Tammy

June 12th, 2015 at 5:37 pm


Following along and really enjoying your insight. Enjoy your food journal also!

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