Did I Survive Meatless October?


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Girl…I decided to do Meatless October. Meaning to eat NO MEAT for the entire month of October. Let me tell you why.

Why – I just don’t crave meat the way I used too. And after watching health documentaries the desire for meat gets more and more weak. Also, as I mentioned before I began seeing a Natropath about 4 years ago and she mentioned a part of her program was to eat a meatless diet for 30 days. Her instruction helped my health in so many other areas (Hey Camille!) that I believe going meatless has health benefits.

What was I trying to achieve? – Better overall health. More energy. Weight loss. Clearer thoughts. Better mood.

How it went – I started out really good! I was very conscious of my meals and planned & prepped in advance. We usually eat shrimp tacos on Wednesdays and as bad as I wanted 1 or 3 tacos, I made black bean tacos instead.¬† The second week I didn’t plan or prep in advance and I ate way too many french fries. While french fries are meatless, it wasn’t good for my waistline or energy levels. By week three I kinda gave up. I ate seafood a few days that week. Week four was pretty much the same as week three.

What I learned – For me to change my diet I really have to plan and prep on the weekend. I learned it’s also easier to change your diet when your partner is on the same boat. B wanted to take things one day at a time while I wanted to commit to the entire month. You see how that went. He was supportive but I wasn’t as disciplined as I should have been.

My weakest moments are at work when I don’t bring my lunch or when B bakes a nice piece of fish and the aromas get me.

Favorite meatless meals

  1. Oatmeal with fruit & almond milk. I switch the fruit up, usually frozen fruit and dried cranberries
  2. Black bean bowls with quinoa and fajita veggies
  3.  Lentil soup
  4. Grilled cheese with spinach & tomato
  5. 3 bean chili
  6. Sauteed broccoli, onions & peppers with brown rice or quinoa
  7. Smoothies! I have about 5 absolute faves, let me know if you want a post on smoothies.
  8. Cheesy grits with onions & peppers

Meal planning for  Meatless October | TheMamaDen.com

Will I attempt going meatless again? – Yup! I’m not giving up for good. I’ll try again January 2018. I’ll try to plan 2 weeks at a time and prep weekly to avoid mishaps. I’m also planning to being my friend Sara along. She wants to return to being a vegetarian and we work together so I’ll have an accountability partner.

If you’re interested in going meatless for a month (or more) join my FB group so we can all hold each other accountable. If you are meatless let us know some of your favorite meals in the comments.

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November 8, 2017
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  • Reply Whitney Wallace

    Nice post! I’ll try it along with you in January. Yes please, smoothie recipes–I’m always looking for new ones to try.

    November 11, 2017 at 5:13 PM
    • Reply Dae

      Hey Whitney! I’ll be sure to post smoothie recipes. I’ll thumb through my recipe books for some new ones.

      November 12, 2017 at 12:44 PM

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