weekdayvegetarians

Love to eat? So do we!

Month: March, 2012

Getting ready!

Before getting married and having children, I would go to any grocery store and buy what I needed without paying ANY attention to price or sales or coupons. I also usually bought what I needed for a meal or two and would go back all the time. Now, I religiously price-match at our grocery stores and clip and use coupons to save every bit I can and usually do a big shop so that with all the other things that have to get done in a week, thinking about what to make for breakfast, lunch and dinner isn’t one of them.

Let me clarify that because I price-match my groceries, it doesn’t mean that I’m cheap or disorganized (I hate those people who decide in line that they want to price-match things but can’t remember what flyer they saw sales in, or whether they have the right product, etc.). My list has everything I am price-matching and the flyer it relates to, clearly marked (!). But for some reason, I feel like I shouldn’t pay more for something just because I’m not in the right store.

Today was my big shop to prepare for our first week as Weekday Vegetarians, and I’m sure you’re wondering what I got!

I bought apples, pears, grapes, kiwi, bananas, avocados, cilantro, parsley, black beans, hummus, grape tomatoes, butternut squash, onions, breads, tortillas, yogurt, cheeses, “WOWButter” Peanut-Free Soy Butter, Vanilla Almond Milk, granola, milk, eggs, firm tofu, mini-waffles, pineapple and even Yves Veggie “Beef” burgers. Basically, I shopped in areas in the grocery store that I never really had any need to go in before and I avoided other areas that I was always in before (the butcher and deli counters).

My bill was less (that was nice) and my cart was colourful and meat-free. It was exciting and I am looking forward to starting something new for our health and for our future!

Watch for posts with our first meals as Weekday Vegetarians… but for now, take a look at our loot!

Our parameters!

In my last post, I said that I liked this kind of vegetarianism because I could set my own parameters. So what are our parameters? 

Aside from the already stated no meat on Monday through Friday, we are allowing ourselves to eat/drink

  • milk 
  • milk products (cheese, yogurt, etc.)
  • eggs

I think trying to take so much away from the children all at once wouldn’t be a good thing. My children are still very young and need nutrients that these animal products provide, and even though I could probably get them to meet their requirements from non-animal products (enough calcium, protein, vitamins etc.), I think their nightly milk or their yogurt with breakfast would be gravely missed. 

Also, on weekends, we will be eating meat, if we chose to. I predict that we will all choose to, especially in the beginning. But, I don’t want to get to the point where we eat so much meat on Saturday and Sunday that it basically negates the entire week long vegetarianism, so it too will be controlled. And that’s where our borders are… and the rest will be a new journey into cooking for me!

 

 

The video that did it for us!

The video that did it for us!

I am new to this… not reading blogs (I spend about 75% of my free time reading other people’s blogs) but writing blogs. Please excuse me if I ramble or go off topic… and please let me know your thoughts!

I was wasting some time on Netflix yesterday and came across a TED Talk by Graham Hill in which he talks about becoming a “Weekday Vegetarian.” Basically he spends Monday to Friday eating as a vegetarian and then on Saturday and Sunday, he choses whether or not to eat meat.

My husband and I have always been particularly drawn to vegetarianism but were never ready to commit to it 100% – and how do we make a 2 year old and a 4 year old vegetarian and ensure they get appropriate nutrients without doing a lot of research and hours of reading? This was our solution. Sure, we could have come up with it ourselves, but we hadn’t and seeing this made me realize that we could set our own parameters. 

So… starting 1 April 2012, my (soon to be formerly-meat-loving) family of four will become Weekday Vegetarians.

On this blog I will post everything that we go through in this experience (recipes, information, successes and tantrums) in an attempt to help others see if they want to do something like this too!