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Vegetarian until 6PM and New Fitness Minutes

Monday, January 31, 2011

I'm starting to get more focus on what I want to accomplish. For the month of February, I've decided to do the following. It's a short month, so if it doesn't work out, I'm not committed for too long!

1) Eat 'vegetarian' until 6PM. While I've dabbled with the idea of vegetarianism at various times in my life, I simply find it is too much for me. It's a lot of work balancing nutrients, and vegetarianism requires a lot more discipline then I am able to manage. My fiance would absolutely refuse to give up meat, and I'm not interested in preparing two dinners. However, I do like the idea of *less* meat. I recently read an article where the author said they are vegan until dinner time. I love the idea, so I'm borrowing it to be ovo-lacto vegetarian until 6PM (cheese or eggs, no animal flesh). My fiance doesn't like things like quinoa, but I do. I can make it for my lunches. Ovo-lacto vegetarian for breakfast and lunch could work for me. Dinner will be regular meals of reasonable portions of fish, meat, or poultry. So for the month of February, I am going to try it.
2) Increase weekly exercise to 300 minutes. I recently read an article that says health professionals are increasing their recommendation from 30 minutes 5 times a week to 60 minutes 5 times per week for individuals that want to lose weight. In the past, I lost the most weight when I road my bike after work 1 hour every day. So this fits with me. I've done it before, I can do it again.

I've been in a rut, so these two things shaking things up should give me something interesting to challenge me.
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    My man is a dedicated meat eater and I am a vegetarian. We make our own meals and it works out very nicely. Going vegetarian is one of the best decisions I made for my health, both mentally and physically.
    Oprah is having a show on going vegan tomorrow. It may give you some ideas on how easy it really is to go meatless. emoticon
    3643 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/31/2011 11:37:57 PM
    Sounds like a great plan. I look forward to reading about how it goes.
    3643 days ago
    ARCHIMEDESII: That sounds great! Thanks! Always love new recipe ideas! Especially stuff that is outside my 'normal'.
    3643 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/31/2011 8:14:46 PM
    I'm something of a flexitarian. I do enjoy a purely vegetarian meal. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten to the point where I eat a vegetarian meal each day. In summer I can because I love having salads. In the winter, I'm eating fewer salads and more soups.

    If you're looking for really good vegetarian meal ideas, check out the Christina Cooks website. She's actually a vegan, but I do like her vegetarian recipes. Personally, I think she uses too much soy milk, but that's just my own humble opinion. ;)

    Her recipe for spinach with toasted pine nuts is yummy. You'll find some really good recipes on her website. go here.


    3643 days ago
    FUNKY_CHICKEN: Yes, that is pretty much what I already do now, so it's not too much of a stretch. I'm just trying to be more focused about it. I do enjoy meat, so that is one of the reasons it would be impossible for me to be a 'full time' vegetarian. I just want to eat it for dinner only for a month, and see how that goes.
    3643 days ago
    Vegetarian till 6? Sounds more like what they call Flexitarianism. That's what I do. I don't really care for meat all that much. So I try not to eat it all the time, but when I do I do. I don't have a problem with fish too much. But the rest of it I try not to eat too much of. So you could look up flexitarian recipes if it would help you?

    Good luck.
    3643 days ago
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