Vegetarian Update 1

Healthy Food by Fleur Suijten

It’s been one month since I publicly declared I was becoming a vegetarian.

How has it been going so far? Confession time.

Failures

There are times I’ve accidentally consumed some meat. Sometimes it’s the meat in less obvious places. Like hidden in a spring roll, or minced meat in a bowl of noodles.

It is much easier to choose vegetarian meal options when I eat alone.

It is more difficult when I eat at home, or when going out with others . Mostly because I don’t want to impose on others or make it inconvenient for everyone.

Also, sometimes when eating out there aren’t any vegetarian choices. So I can only do the next best thing, order something without meat even though the broth or sauces may have been cooked with meat.

I have also found it impossible to avoid ikan bilis and sambal belacan (made from shrimp).

Successes

Despite my failures, I’ve drastically reduced my meat consumption. I eliminated meat from 90% of my meals.

My family have accepted the fact that I want to become a vegetarian. Colleagues are starting to notice I always order food without any meat.

I haven’t had any cravings for a steak or lamb chops yet, though I have this strange craving for seafood.

I would say my biggest success this month is just learning more about the vegetarian diet, finding more resources and exploring new restaurants.

Lessons

I’ve learned that I won’t die from hunger or malnutrition. I won’t get sick or grow weak.

I’m still learning to adjust my diet.

I’ve doubled my rice intake. Usually I take a serving of rice (about the size of my fist, or 1 cup) but now I take a double portion.

This may seem ‘fattening’ because thats almost 800 calories on rice alone. But I discovered that rice is a source of protein, iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium and other minerals I used to get from meat.

I don’t know if I’m over-compensating for protein or putting too much focus on it, but I try to take generous helpings of fruit, tofu, bean sprouts, bean-vegetables and soya milk.

I still take eggs and cheese.

Next Target

My focus will still be learning. Maybe I’ll start tracking my food intake for a month to see if I’m meeting the recommended dietary requirements, then adjust from there.

Maybe I can adjust the portions if I’m taking too much, or find alternatives.

I’ve been heavily dependent on Indian vegetarian food. I can’t really find any Chinese vegetarian restaurants I like. So I’d like to explore and find more options that are tasty and not pricy.

It hasn’t been too difficult to avoid eating meat. I’d say on a scale of 1 to 10, the difficulty is a 2. It can be inconvenient at times, be definitely not hard to do once I can find the right source of food.

It would be easier if the rest of my family joined me, but that’s not my choice to make.

 

Photo By: Fleur Suijten

 

3 thoughts on “Vegetarian Update 1”

  1. Ok darling, will be more supportive..at least the weekends i also enjoyed the vegetarian indian curry rice 🙂

  2. Great job, keep it up! And you’re right, eating alone, it’s easier being vegetarian. I find that when we cook at home too, it’s easier to decide what you wanna eat.

    Adino: As time goes on, it’s hard to keep it up cos boredom starts to set in. Tired of eating the same foods.

  3. hahhaha the biggest failure is when makan with frens… mulut start to gatal d.. 😛

    Adino: Yeah 🙂

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