So, I'm an omnivore.
I love all the main food groups. You know, vegetables, fruits, grains, Pub II Cheese Balls...
* Pause for tribute to cheese balls *
But I especially love meat.
I also love challenges almost as much as I love bacon.
So I decided to go vegetarian for a week because...well, I wanted to prove that I could. Besides, Illinois State has the highest rated campus dining of any public school in the state, so how hard could it be?
After a little bit of planning and one "last meal" of chicken nachos, I said goodbye to meat for the week.
Here's what I ate, how I felt, and how I survived the week:
Meal #1: Lunch at Watterson Dining Commons
Meal #2: Dinner at Watterson Dining Commons
After the first day, I was actually feeling pretty OK
I had tried a new food, eaten a pretty baller salad, and indulged in some General Tsao's. Not bad for a Monday!
Meal #3: Lunch at Watterson Dining Commons
Meal #4: Dinner at McAlister's Deli
Meal #5: Breakfast at Watterson Dining Commons
Meal #6: Lunch at Watterson Dining Commons
After meal #6, I felt like I had this whole vegetarian thing down.
I knew where to find vegetarian options (which wasn't super hard, because there are a lot of different options), and I was really enjoying trying new things.
Meal #7: Lunch at Watterson Dining Commons
Meal #8: Dinner at Watterson Dining Commons
Meal #9: Einstein Bros. Bagels
Meal #10: Dinner in Uptown Normal
After five days of no meat, I survived.
Although by the end of the week I was in desperate need of some meat, it was not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. Although I'll probably never cut meat totally out of my diet, I learned a lot and grew to appreciate the food options I have on campus more than I used to.
What I learned:
* Breakfast is the best and always will be, meat or no meat
* Campus dining has a lot of options to accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences
* Life doesn't revolve around cheeseburgers and chicken nachos
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