Hello, Vinglers! First, I'd like to say thank you for everyone who has been following my collection, "Kinda Vegetarian, Totally Latina." This journey began at Lent - when I vowed to get rid of meat for 40 days (including fish).
I have always dabbled here-and-there with vegetarianism, but I never seriously stuck it out. This was the longest time I went without meat. Prior to this, I was actually eating less meat than I was maybe a year or two back. So the transition wasn't very difficult.
The reason why I have been putting off meat was for ethical reasons (mostly environmental). My stance on the meat industry isn't anything new - I felt the way I have felt for years. I just never did much about it. I went from eating meat to every meal, to eating meat a few times week, to eventually cut meat out for Lent.
Here's Some Things I've Learned:
1) Going vegetarian is much easier than I thought. With all of the meat substitutes, it felt like I never really got rid of meat at all. Anything kind of meat food you can think of, there's a vegetarian option for it.
2) I was able to eat more. Since a lot of vegetarian products and veggie sources in general are low in calories, I was able to stuff my face (and lose weight in the process), and that felt really good.
3) I already cook on a regular basis, but being on a vegetarian diet has pushed me to be more creative in the kitchen. I am cooking more often, and I am cooking very healthy meals.
The Answer You've Been Waiting For:
Considering how easy this journey has been for me, and how I've already built a routine around my new diet, I am going to stick to the vegetarian diet for much longer. I am not sure for how long, or if I can guarantee I won't slip, but I will take this day-by-day.
I will stay veggie for as long as I can!
I have been thinking about being pescetarian, but I am still just thinking about it. If I do consume seafood, it wouldn't be in excessive amounts. It would probably once a week. But nothing has been solidified. This is just still a thought. As for now, I will remain veggie!