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[This is a guest post from Sam, our resident culinary challenger, who set out to try vegetarianism for an entire month. Read about the experience here!]
Hello Food Community,
My name is Samantha and I am here to blog about my most recent food bet. As Wes’ girlfriend and partner in food crime, I have been given this special platform and hope not to disappoint.
To give you a little insight into my personality, I never back down from a challenge. You can know nothing else about me and that statement still sums it up pretty nicely. In 2006, I was challenged not to put mustard - my favorite condiment - on anything. It was difficult, but I was victorious. In 2007, I was challenged to abstain from gum for a week. While not exactly a food, I have considered it a food group for some time and thus I have included it here. Again, a win for yours truly.
However, this food bet - the one that brings me to you today - is by far the hardest I have encountered. Prompted by a food documentary, I was told by my friend Brian I could not NOT eat meat. That’s the last time you’ll challenge me Mr. Hardy!
What you need to know: I love bacon, steak, burgers, chili, chicken nuggets, chicken breast,pepperni, sausage, and pretty much anything else along these lines. For all intents and purposes, I am an omnivore…I will eat ANYTHING, as long as it’s served with mustard.
Getting back to the task at hand, I am to be a vegatarian for 1 month (30 days). This was the ORIGINAL bet. But, I felt it was lacking. So I decided to alter it. In addition to adhering to a meat-free diet, I will also try every vegetable I can get my mitts on.
The bet started on December 13,2009. I am now four days in and going strong. But there is definitely room for improvement.
- I don’t miss meat as much as I thought I would.
- My salad intake has increased. My favorite dish of the past 4 days? My romaine lettuce, cheddar cheese, black olive, raw onion, italian dressing salad.
- I bought tofu to eat as a supplement to beef/chicken/pork
- I have been able to stave off mid-day hunger with two of my go-to snacks: apple slices and peanut butter (creamy) and carrot sticks and ranch dressing.
- I have not eaten the tofu yet
- I have noticed my intake of carbs to be increasing. Instead of having a turkey sandwich, I’ll eat toast with cream cheese. Not good…
- I have not yet expanded my mouthal cavity with a wide array of veggies. Quite the opposite actually.
- I have ritualized my eating to include the same salad every day for dinner.
- Weight gain…yikes!
In the coming days, I will be keeping a chart of all veggie recipes I try, as well as a running tally of all the vegetables eaten. Stay tuned. I WILL NOT LOSE!