I've reached the end of 30 days of this meat-only-once-a-day challenge! Here are some takeaways from the experience:
- I ate no bacon all month. I didn't want to waste my meat-eating meal of the day on breakfast, so bacon pretty much fell by the wayside. Mostly because eating it would have required careful planning on a weekend, and that just didn't happen.
- I ate more fish. Unfortunately, it was mostly pre-packed sushi, so I'm not sure that's a big win...Lunch at work was tough day after day trying to find non-meat options that kept me full all afternoon and weren't boring. There was definitely room for development here, I could have prepped more and brought my own lunch more frequently, but it wasn't a high priority with all the other things happening in my life.
- I tried more unusual meats for my meat-eating meal. This month I had duck, rabbit, and veal (although all out at restaurants) in addition to the usual chicken, pork, and beef I typically eat. I was in a branching out type of mindset all month, so seeing less common options on menus meant I went for it!
- This challenge required planning. I had to think about what I would be eating where, and how to adjust the rest of my day around when to eat meat. While that was sometimes irritating, it meant I really actively THOUGHT about meat. That thinking time translated to respect for meat. For this alone, I believe it was a valuable 30 day challenge.
Oh, and my weightlifting PR's continued to creep up, so I guess I managed to get enough protein all month!
What should my next 30 day challenge be?