Today so far I have had carrot sticks, mushroom soup, leftover vegetable pasta, grapes and later today I will be having vegetable soup, a strawberry smoothie and a caesar salad with artificial bacon flavoured bits of soy on the salad*.
Now if you are reading this and thinking "Wait, he cannot be a very good vegetarian if he is eating bacon bits on his salad!"
And you would be right.
I am not a vegetarian. Not even remotely close to being a "good vegetarian". Indeed some of vegan friends would be aghast at the amount of milk, eggs and other non-meat products I will be eating over the next 30 days, thus perhaps I should clarify what I will and will not be eating during this "30 Days as a Vegetarian" experiment.
#1. No meat. That includes no fish either, but I will be having eggs.
#2. No bread either, even though that is not a meat. I am cutting out bread in order to reduce carbs intake.
#3. I can have pasta, rice, couscous and cereal (eg. Shreddies or Vector cereal), but I will be trying to keep those at a lower amount of intake so I am not relying almost solely on them. So for example I can have croutons for my caesar salad.
#4. No sugary junk food or sugary treats, although "sea salt potato chips" ended up on the okay list.
#5. Chocolate is okay as a treat, but it has to be dark chocolate.
#6. Lots of berries.
#7. Lots of green vegetables.
#8. Lots of corn, peas, carrots.
#9. Potatoes, especially baked or mashed potatoes.
#10. Apples, tangerines and grapes as snacks.
#10. Yogurt, milk and ice cream are acceptable, and the yogurt / ice cream can be mixed with berries.
#11. I can have beer and wine as a treat or when hanging out socially. Yeah! (Although I do wish I had purchased low carb beer when I was last at the store.)
#12. Whey Protein (made from milk whey) will be added to my smoothies, as I will still be doing my weightlifting routine during this 30 day period.
The receipt on the left also includes my girlfriend's chicken and bagels, blue toilet pucks for the bathroom, dishwashing gloves, dishwashing soap and a few household items.
So minus those things, roughly $100 in vegetables, fruits, berries, cereal, pasta and so forth.
So I will have no shortage of things to eat over the next 30 days and I will not be starving.
For record keeping purposes it is now 3:40 PM on Thursday January 22nd. I finished a late lunch about an hour ago.
I have just weighed myself - 197.6 lbs.
And my waist circumference at its widest point is 42.5 inches. My hips at their widest point are 43 inches. My chest circumference (measured like a tailor would) is 44 inches. So my somewhat hourglass shape is 44-42.5-43.
With my height (6'2") my BMI (Body Mass Index) is 25.4. However BMI can be confusing as it ignores muscle mass and bone density, and as someone who exercises a lot, I don't consider myself to be overweight.
But I would like to have six pack abs. As a personal trainer people expect you to look to look like an Adonis. I do not. Yes, I exercise a lot, but I am a personal trainer and not a nutritionist. I may know more about nutrition than the average person, but I am in no way a specialist at it.
The measurements are on my side too, my waist is smaller than my hips and my chest, so most people would never think I have too many pounds around the middle. But it could be better in my opinion, especially since my long term goal is to have six pack abs.
So this will be 30 days of eating healthy vegetarian food and lots of exercise. I shall be posting my progress every 2-3 days. If you want to keep track of my progress just Subscribe using one of the various subscription options on the right.
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