Note: This is a guest post by Jen’s husband, Brette.
OK, I was far from a vegetarian this summer. And my apologies to all of the real vegetarians out there – I don’t want to besmirch your good names by associating you with the ribs/burgers/fish etc. I ate with glee over the past three months.
The true version is Jen does a majority of the cooking, so if she was going to be a vegetarian this summer, I was taking a significant step in that direction also. That translated to roughly 85% of my evening meals and 60% of my lunches being meat-free.
To set this up, it should be known that the Vegas odds on me being associated with anything close to a vegetarian would have been off the charts even a few years ago. You all missed your chance to make some serious money on Jen’s experiment.
I committed to sharing my thoughts via the blog, so here are a few lessons from my summer:
- Jen is a great cook and puts a lot of thought into our meals. At a bare minimum, anybody with a tolerance for vegetables would have done fine eating these meals. I like vegetables, so I thought all of the food was tasty and great.
- Training for Trinona, Chisago Lake Tri, and Square Lake Tri went well with no energy, strength, or tummy issues.
- After moving from “softball shape” to “half-marathon shape” two years ago, some more clothing became obsolete due to size. I give the decrease in meat the most credit for the change.
- When I did cook in the past, I was most often grilling meat. No meat meant I was even less helpful in the kitchen. That part of the summer wasn’t so great.
- Downtown Minneapolis is a great place to work for a wayward vegetarian by association.
- Eating a healthy lunch of leftovers was particularly satisfying. Bonus points because I didn’t have to waste time heating it up in the microwave (oddly, although most of these dishes are served hot, I don’t find it necessary to reheat the leftovers). The satisfaction was occasionally tempered by the pecan caramel roll I’d seek out in the afternoon.
- It seemed like there was more “I’ll take the salad instead of the fries” moments because I was in the habit of eating better. I wouldn’t have been surprised if it had gone the other way. See below. Don’t be surprised if the garlic comes through your computer speakers.
It was a very successful summer and a positive change for me. Thanks to Jen for all of her great cooking and I know I’ll have no problem staying with my version of her version of a plant based diet.