Remember when I was telling you that I’m gonna die some day? Well, you should know that that was the first day for me as a vegetarian! And I’ve been a vegetarian ever since. More precisely, a lacto-fisho-vege-tarian. Initially, in the first month I was only eating vegetables, milk (and milk-stuff) and from time to time some fish (maybe once a week). After four weeks, I counted only 5-6 meals in which I had actually eat some form of meet (pork, beef or chicken).
I was in Hawaii when I encountered the first dizzy feeling. But we had a really f*cked up schedule over there, eating like 10 fruit pieces for breakfast, and grabbing a really fast veggie lunch on the fly. And we were swimming like the whole day, 5-6 hours straight. Anyway it did concerned me a little bit. I prefer dying at 40 killed by a heart attack than dying at 27 in a motorcycle crash because I got dizzy at 200km/h :))
So, I started paying more attention to what I eat. I started eating more fish, like 2-3 times a week because I needed the proteins. After one month it was the first time my body was running out of proteins, (which are an important fuel to the muscles) so I was expecting muscle pain especially when doing sport. But besides some weakness, I didn’t feel any of these symptoms. Anyway, after 1 month I went back to my doctor, who was really impressed by my will of doing this. He gave me a key-advice: I can get my proteins from any kind of nuts. Even if they have some vegetable fat, they still provide me with a lot of proteins, at a much lower cost (in cholesterol) than meet. Ah, I simply love pistachios, almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts, so I’m pretty happy with this!
And I should also mention that I lost 3.5 kg in one month by eating more than I usually did. The doctor warned my about that. It’s impossible not to loose weight if you become a veggie. Being a vegetarian makes me eat more, because the freakin vegetables disappear from my stomach like no other! In the middle of the day I’m like: „Duude, where did you gooo? I starving again, I ‘m sick of starviing. Where’s an apple? Where’s the apple? Gimme an apple! Aapppleeee!!! (running through the building)” 🙂 Well my PM colleagues got used to the fact that they can always find some goodies and healthy snacks in my office after a hard day’s work. So they always stop by, hunting for a peanut or a fruit.
So here I am! 7 weeks later I started to feel better again. I don’t feel weak anymore, and I think my body is getting used to the new diet, and the new (smaller) volume of proteins and fat. Anyway, I do feel a lot more energic, since I get like a hundred million vitamins from the ton of daily vegetables and fruits that I eat. Oh yeah! And I did learn how to cook for myself. I learned how to enjoy preparing a daily salad with some shrimps or smth, or cooking some salmon in the oven, with olive oil and tomatoes. (Thank you Elena for that – I really value your guidance and training! 😀 )
Oh yes, I forgot to tell you that the first time I bought some raw salmon to cook, I took it home and then realized I have absolutely NO dish to cook in. Except the pan I used for omelette before :)) So I had to go back to the store and buy some freakin cooking dishes.
Ok, now bottom line? I’ve been to the pool today. I was a little anxious to see how my muscles will behave, since I didn’t do too much sport after Hawaii. I did 60 pool laps, in 40 minutes. On my first 40 laps, I got an average of 40 sec per lap, and top speed was 23 sec per lap. Hell yeah! Or, how a romanian would say: Let my enemies die! :)) Who says I don’t have proteins in my balls..a.. blood in my ball…a.. no… a .. blood in my muscl.. a.. shit.. noo..a.. yeah .. proteins in my muscles! Hell yeah!! 😀
Well, unfortunately even though life is beautiful when you eat the same food as the cow does, some things have changed again in my diet. I had a session with a dietician, and I just found out that the salmon has the same amount of cholesterol as the chicken, and shrimps are way above that.
These being said, I have to also let go of the fish (or reduce to maybe once a week) and eat more beans, soy and rice (brown, cooked). This way I won’t starve between meals since these aliments release the energy slower in my body. And I have to change the way I eat my breakfast: I need a bigger and more consistent breakfast, so I bought a weird kind of oat cereals, that I have to cook for a few minutes before breakfast. Yeah, oat means „ovaz, in mm…”. :)) I will try this and I’ll tell you how it goes. Anyway don’t get me wrong. I am really exited to try all these, because I hope I can improve my lifestyle this way.
Plus, the biggest advantage as a veggie? Whenever you are hungry, you can get a pretty satisfying meal by „resolving” an apple and a banana. And that’s it! If you’re a veggie you get used to eating small meals. So there you go: Put a banana, an apple and a punch of nuts in your bag and you just cooked a fast, on-the-fly lunch for yourself! 😛 Or, let me put it this way: When you’re hungry, you look at an apple and say: „That’s some pretty good shit!”
Va pup, veggie!