My startling conclusion to the Vegetarian experiment!

When observing my food diary, I noticed I was following more of a low calorie diet than a vegetarian diet. The first two weeks, I drank soymilk in replace of 2% milk. In time, I grew disgusted of the taste. I decided to compromise with 1% lowfat milk. This milk is healthier for me and it taste great! A few of my meals contained eggs and yes, I did occasionally consume fish and chicken. On the other hand, I ate very little (maybe even no) red meat during this experiment.

If I were to become a vegetarian, I would need to be more disciplined and focused than I am. I really enjoyed this vegetarian experiment and I will not rule out the possibility of becoming a vegetarian. A vegetarian lifestyle is a lifestyle I must contemplate for a while before I commit. In the meantime, I am determined to stick to a low calorie diet, both for my health and my happiness.

Overall, these are the two most important principles I gained from this experiment: 1) I learned how to cook for myself and 2) I learned about proper portion control. Whether you are looking to improve your health or assist the environment, I encourage you, the reader, to test a vegetarian lifestyle for three weeks. What will you discover?

Day 21 and 22!

Day 21: Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Breakfast: 1 slice of Pumpkin Bread

1 small glass of 1% Low Fat Chocolate Milk

4 prunes

Lunch:       SmartOnes Orange Sesame Chicken

1 small glass of 1% Low Chocolate Fat Milk

Dinner:     1 piece of Tilapia (fish)

1 small helping of mashed potatoes

1 small serving of asparagus

Day 22: Monday, April 18th, 2011

Breakfast: 1 slice of Pumpkin Bread

1 small glass of 1% Low Fat Chocolate Milk

4 prunes

Lunch:       Homemade Tilapia fish sandwich with Italian bread,

Lettuce, tomato, alfalfa sprouts and tartar sauce.

Dinner:    (Tapas shared with Mom at Ibiza Tapas and Wine Bar)

-1 serving of Creamy Tomato Soup

– Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

– Smoke Salmon with Asparagus

– Assorted cheese plate with prosciutto

– ½ white chocolate flan

– ½ large glass of Sangria red wine

Happy blogging and eating, foodies!

Day 19: A Most Excellent Day. :)

The sun was shining and I enjoyed my first frappucino of the season (nonfat milk, no whip cream). Life is good! 🙂

Day 19: Friday, April 15th, 2011

Breakfast: 1 slice of Pumpkin Bread

1 small glass of 1% Low Fat Milk

4 Prunes

Lunch:      SmartOnes Orange Sesame Chicken

1 serving of applesauce

1 Special K Bar (100 calories)

1 Cranberry Juice

Snack:       1 Grande Caramel Light Frappucino (no whip cream, nonfat milk)

Dinner:      Crazy good salad I made @ home

1 large glass of 1% Low Fat Milk

Dessert:    3 small ganache truffles

Snack:       Water

1 small bowl of Mom’s Granola

1 Squirt (Pop)

Ciao Bella, foodies!

Day 18

I will admit, lunch was unhealthy. No excuses I temporarily threw my diet and experiment out the window. Luckily, breakfast and dinner were both very honorable.

Day 18: Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Breakfast:  1 slice of Pumpkin Bread

1 small glass of 1% Low Fat Milk

Lunch:       (From DeLuca’s in Pittsburgh)
1 small glass of 2% reduced fat chocolate milk
1 chocolate chip pancake with strawberries, strawberry ice cream
and whip cream (with caramel cinnamon)

Dinner:    Three small fish fillets
1 serving Florentine Risotto
1 large glass of 1% Low Fat Milk

Dessert:  1 Rice Dream Mint Pie (Non-Dairy)

Snack:      1 medium English Breakfast Tea
1 small bowl of Mom’s Granola
1 Key Lime Pen State low-fat Yogurt with a few non-dairy, grain- sweetened chocolate chips

Cheers!

Day 16: A great day!

A very healthy and disciplined day!

Day 16: Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Breakfast: 1 Banana Nut Muffin

1 small glass of 1% Low Fat Chocolate Milk

4 Prunes

Lunch: 3 slices of Artisanal Pizza (Tomato, Cheese and Basil)

1 serving of applesauce

1 Special K Bar (100 calories)

Cranberry Juice

Dinner: Rustic Pasta

1 large glass of 1% Low Fat Chocolate Milk

Dessert: 1 Rice Dream Mint Pie (Non-Dairy)

Snack: 1 Medium Darjeeling Tea

1 small bowl of Mom’s Granola

Happy blogging & dining, foodies! 🙂

Day 15: A much healthier day!

I managed to watch Gilda, Houseboat AND cook pasta I am such a champ!

In addition, I’ve decided to try 1% low fat milk instead of Soy Milk. Honestly, if you drink three glass of soy milk a day, you grow to loathe it. Recently, a classmate informed me of current research, stating that soy can lead to breast cancer. Soy here and there won’t hurt you, but in larger doses, maybe. This is something I need to research in further detail.

Any who, the 1% low fat milk is MUCH taster (and healthier than 2% and whole milk). I’ll think I’ll stick with that for now.

Day 15: Monday, April 11th, 2011

Breakfast: 1 slice of Pumpkin Bread

1 small glass of 2% Reduced Fat Milk

Lunch: Sushi (1 roll of Brown Rice, Spicy Salon and Avocado)

1 small glass of 1% Low Fat Chocolate Milk

Dinner: Rustic Pasta (from Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet Cookbook)

1 large glass of 1% Low Fat Chocolate Milk

Dessert: 1 Rice Dream Mint Pie (Non-Dairy)

Happy dining, foodies! 🙂

Day 14: Sunday Funday

WARNING: Sunday was not a great day for my vegetarian diet. Even so, being a thesis project, I must report the successes and the failures. Any who, I attended a wine tasting class at Sweetwater Center for the Arts. I was intrigued to learn about different PA and California wines, their history, colors, aromas and tastes! Pair them with food and they’re even better!

Day 14: Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Breakfast: 1 slice of Pumpkin Bread

1 small glass of Silk Soy Vanilla Milk

Lunch: SmartOnes Orange Sesame Chicken

1 small glass of Silk Soy Vanilla Milk

Dinner: Stuffed Shells (3)

1 large glass of Silk Soy Vanilla Milk

Dessert: 1 small slice of Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake

Snack: (Wine Tasting)- 6 ¼ glasses of wine

Fruits, cheeses, nuts and slices of meats

Happy Blogging, foodies!