Please forgive me for posting this picture. I try to include one with every post, nothing really fit, and “50 First Dates” kind of sounds like “The First 50 Days.” So I went with it. And who doesn’t have a soft spot for funny-voice comedian Adam Sandler?
A little over a week ago, an unexpected alarm went off to alert me that 50 days had passed since I committed to this mostly-meatless diet. The alarm? I ran out of the digestive enzyme supplement that I bought on the first day of the 10-Day Challenge back in mid-March. 50 servings times one per day equals 50 days!
It has now been exactly two months (to the day) since I ate that nasty rest-stop chicken sandwich on the way home from the Tony Robbins seminar. And what better way to celebrate that small milestone than by going to a Michael Pollan talk in Baltimore tonight? If you’re going, look for me; I’ll be the big running carrot taking copious notes.
For you new readers, here’s a quick recap of the past two months. Before attending Tony Robbins’ seminar, I was health conscious, but I still ate chicken and (very occasionally) pork. Immediately after the seminar I took Tony’s 10-Day Challenge, which entailed eating a pescetarian diet (vegetarian plus fish), eating very few dairy products, and obeying a bunch of other rules like no caffeine or alcohol. I felt so great after the ten days that I decided to stick with it, relaxing some of the restrictions but still eating a pescetarian diet. About a month ago I gave serious consideration to eliminating fish from my diet altogether, and I wrote No More Fishing? about the dilemma. Since then, I’ve been completely vegetarian except for one bite of shrimp and a taste of crab soup that a friend made; this is about the frequency with which I’m willing to eat seafood for the time being.
The fact that I’ve written a new blog post almost every day should be a good indicator of how excited I am about this diet and how great I’ve felt as a result. But there have been lots of other positive changes in my life, some non-dietary, that have flown under the blog radar. So I want to highlight those in case some of you are still sitting on the fence about reducing your meat consumption, or even just about committing to eat more healthily.
Here’s the quick list of the changes, in my life and my wife Erin’s, that have come as a direct result of the new diet:
- Erin now eats this way too.
- I lost 5 pounds initially, and thankfully I didn’t lose any more.
- Erin has lost almost 15 pounds (partly due to being sick right before we started, but she’s kept it off)
- We’ve avoided that pesky Swine Flu.
- We started recycling paper, glass, plastic, and aluminum.
- Erin started composting for her garden and is growing even more vegetables than last year.
- We shop with reusable grocery bags.
- We produce less than half the garbage waste that we used to, owing to the previous three items.
- We spend less on groceries, even while buying more organics and whole food products than before.
- We almost never eat out, and rarely use the microwave.
- We support local farmers and eat more local food by shopping at the farmers market each week.
- I stay up later, get up earlier, and feel more energetic than ever.
- We plan our meals for the week, rather than haphazardly throwing together dinner each night.
- We use more natural soaps, toiletries, and cleaning products for both our own health and that of the environment.
- Some friends and family members are eating better as a result of this blog.
- I’ve discovered a new hobby in blogging!
This is a lot of changes, and it all adds up to a much different, better life than we were living before. I believed Tony Robbins when he claimed his seminar would change my life, but I had no idea that the change would take this form. Before I started eating this way, I didn’t have the slightest interest in recycling or caring for the environment, other than feeling slightly uneasy about eating animals.
But not all is perfect in NMA-land. My knee, though much better, is still bothering me (more on running, and a huge accomplishment of Erin’s, tomorrow). I’m eating a little more dairy than I ideally want to be, and I’m not eating the amount of greens and the variety of fresh vegetables that I was in all my early zeal. And maybe worst of all, I’m drinking coffee again, much more than the one cup per week I said I was going to. I think there might be another 10-Day Challenge in my future to get me back on track with all of this, and my secret hope is that I can convince some of you readers to join me!
And oh yeah, I abhor my blender. I’m ready to drive it out to a field and go Office Space on it. Maybe I’ll videotape that one for you.