This is more of a personal musing really on how I'm feeling so far.
Well. I wouldn't say more energy at this point. But lighter - in mood and in body.
My meals satisfy me more and for longer than my meat meals did. I realised last night that I'm not snacking anymore. The only reason I noticed this is because I found a packet of potato chips I bought weeks and weeks ago and ate them - just because they were there. Not because I was hungry. Had I not found them, I wouldn't have snacked at all.
And, having consumed this bag of potato chips, I spent the next hour or so feeling bloated and a little nauseous. Is my body already getting used to not having unhealthy stuff fed to it, and rebelling when I suddenly do it again? This was the point where I sat pondering my lack of snacking and the cause.
And in the last month I've lost 5 kg in weight. I can't see it when I look in the mirror, but I definitely FEEL lighter.
My skin is certainly better, and my hair less greasy. And I've never been more ..... you know...... regular!
One thing I had been worryied about was that a vegetarian diet would make me gassy. That hasn't happened, thank goodness.
Meal preparation isn't too bad. I still have to resort to recipes, but there are a lot out there to choose from. All I had to do to find them was type 'Vegetarian Recipes' into Google. Common sense and a health-focussed job enable me to suss out the nutritionally balanced ones. Most of the preparation is in the chopping, but it doesn't take that long and is quite therapeutic, and weirdly satisfying.
All in all, a pretty good first appraisal of my new lifestyle. I'm in it for the ethics. Sheep, cows, pigs. They all feel distress and pain, just like us. So I can't go back on this commitment.
Just as well I'm enjoying my vegetarian cuisine then really, isn't it!