Since I didn't want to drive myself crazy, I began my foray into becoming vegetarian by slowly weaning off meat. During the first week, I allowed myself one seafood dish a day to get my body used to not depending on meat for energy. I also was mindful of drinking more liquids and stocking up on more carbs.
The first thing I noticed was how the veggie diet aided in digestion so I felt really light all the time. All in all, this week was pretty easy but I knew that the coming weeks would prove to be much harder.
To begin my first week of zero animal products (except for dairy and eggs, since desert was my only comfort), I decided to cook up a storm in the kitchen. I decided that the only way to get myself through the next three weeks was to still be able to eat things that I enjoyed eating. So I collected recipes from all corners of the internet and came up with my menu.
I actually had a lot of fun this week and observed my body changing considerably. I'm naturally small-boned but I do pack on a pouch in my mid-section and during this week I noticed that my stomach was completely flat. The great thing was, I was still eating the same amount of food that I normally would, albeit all veggies.
Click on the photo gallery to read the interviews with four women who share about their decision to turn vegetarian.