Alright, so this past was my 3rd attempt at a Meatless Monday. I figured it out, finally. On Sunday, instead of prepping meals containing meats, I prepped foods that contained no meats. Sounds simple, right? Well, I did that last time and it didn't work. I caved and had chicken breast because I was weak. No other reason. So what was different this time?
I was STRONG! I was committed. That's the difference. I didn't have a "real" reason to do a Meatless Monday so my motivation was low. I love meat. But between this week and last week I did some research on the benefits of cutting back on meat consumption and my findings were pretty much in line with the original reasons I wanted to do it in the first place. The problem is that most of the research out right now promoting plant-based diets and the negative effects of meat consumption do NOT take into account the quality of the meats. These studies are often referring to conventionally farmed and raised animals (feedlots...yuck!), processed meat products including hotdogs and deli meats with preservatives and fillers, chicken raised with growth hormones, inhumanely raised animals, fatty meat like burgers and chicken wings, fried meats, farms that do not practice sustainable raising, feeding, and slaughtering, etc. ALL the bad shit that I do not, in any way shape or form, support. EVER.
So I take the research with a grain of salt because I know I don't eat low-quality, processed, nasty meat products. These are the usual conclusions from the studies.
Here's what my day looked like in terms of what I ate:
I started the day with 1 tbs of apple cider vinegar with 1/2 cup of warm water. This is my new morning routine and I LOVE it! Click the link to read about the benefits. That was followed by 16oz of decaf tea just like every morning.
For breakfast I had coconut, chia, flax, and hemp seeds steel cut oats with a few chopped pecans and 1/4 banana.
Several hours later I had some 90% dark chocolate (no added sugar) with sunflower seeds and 2 dried apricots.
Pre-workout I enjoyed two soft boiled eggs, 4 olives, a raw carrot, and an oven roasted beet.
Post-workout/dinner I had an egg white frittata that I prepared while my fiancee grilled a beef tenderloin right next to me on the stovetop....it smelled so good! The frittata was LOADED with veggies: yellow onion, yellow bell pepper, crimini mushrooms, zucchini, sweet potato, serrano pepper, beet greens, and green onions. It was SO damn good! I ate it with salsa and white rice.
I felt great all day, as usual. And had I gone to bed at a decent time, I wouldn't have experienced hunger before bed. Water always does the trick for that though. I am super proud of myself for doing it and sticking to it. I learned a lot about myself and my diet. In the future, I plan on continuing this Meatless Monday and adding in a 2nd day during the week when my protein comes from plants and seafood only. Again, I do NOT believe that consuming quality, local, sustainable, humane, organic, pastured meats is bad for your health in any way. Processed meats should be eaten in moderation, which I do. Sausages, bacon, and deli meat I now limit myself to once a week. And even still those are high in quality just the same but nonetheless processed and full of salt. Which is why I am limiting them.
I never want to be stagnant in my diet and I always welcome a challenge. Meatless Monday is here to stay!