If you’ve paid much attention to our blog this year, you know that Beth and I challenged ourselves with a pretty specific diet plan this year. We started off going vegan for six weeks, including a three-week detox, and planned to follow that up with six weeks on a vegetarian diet. Unfortunately, that ended on Tuesday when we both took our first bite of meat for the year.
We have both been craving little bits of meat here and there and we have been more and more concerned about our kids diet. We just don’t have time to spend cooking up two complete meals each night, so we cook for us, offer them a try and, when they refuse it, they wind up with pizza, chicken nuggets, or hot dogs. Even our diet, as we moved onto the vegetarian diet, got worse as we started eating more bread and cheese as fillers. It started to seem pretty counterproductive, so we started to question whether a little bit of lean protein would actually wind up being healthier for us. We decided that we would begin allowing poultry and seafood, still refraining from beef and pork.
So we took the first dive on Tuesday when biting into a turkey sandwich. Since then, I’ve hit up Chick-Fil-A once and Beth has yet to have another bite. It has not become our focus, just another option for eating a healthy meal. On the one hand, we feel like we failed in our plan. On the other, we went a full nine weeks without eating a bite of meat. For these meat lovers, that is quite an accomplishment!
Since making our decision we have looked at our menu plan and we realized that we do not really have to change it at all. We can add a little chicken to pot pie or nachos or have some sliced turkey on a sub. We will likely continue this trend in future meal plans.
Did you start a new diet plan this year? How are you doing with it? Leave us a comment and let us know what’s going on!