I ate chicken

For those that have been reading for a while, you know that I have been pescetarian (veggie, but still eats fish) for about 18 years. I know this seems like forever, but keep in mind I TURN 32 TOMORROW!! πŸ™‚

You may have noticed in yesterdays WIAW post that I ate a salad with chicken. This was a very thought out decision that has been in debate for months. I have been weighing the pro’s and con’s and finally just made a decision. I think the final straw was this article in my inbox:

I am pretty good about my protein intake, but I know I don’t get enough- especially when I am training for something. Lately I have been feeling a little weak and run down and no matter how much beans, tofu, and cheese I eat, I couldn’t quite get to the protein amount that I believe will make my body happy.

So, I had Joe grill some chicken and we mixed it into a salad. All in all- tasted great and my body handled it well!

I am in no way becoming a “meat eater”. My meal will still be primarily vegetarian, but I am going to continue with the chicken (when bought and cooked at home) about once a week for the protein. I think this will give me the extra boost I am looking for. I will definitely keep you posted on any changes I notice πŸ™‚

On a fitness note- here’s a new workout from Tribesports for swimmers. It was created by Nikki at LifeAfterSwimming. I have been biking a lot lately and it makes me really think seriously about doing a TRI…. I may need to start doing workouts like this to prep myself πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone!

Are you a meat eater, veg-head, or somewhere in between?

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18 responses to “I ate chicken

  1. So exciting that you took the plunge after 18 years! Oh wow! I’m impressed. I’m the same way – pescatarian. I have moments when I’m worried I’m not getting enough protein too. Chicken is a great way to reincorporate meat! I’m so excited for you!! And happy early birthday!!!!!! WOOOO!! How are you celebrating?

    • Thanks! I actually don’t have much planned for celebration tomorrow….hoping Joe will have something up his sleeve πŸ™‚
      BUT we have pretty awesome sat/sun plans that I am super excited about!

  2. Wow, that’s a huge step! I’m a meat eater, but if I don’t prepare the meat myself sometimes I have a hard time eating it. I find myself pushing the meat to the side so I’m trying to make more chicken salads at home or have salmon more often. Way to listen to your body!

    • Thanks! It was a pretty big step, but I’m feeling good about it. I don’t see myself ordering meat when I’m out anytime soon, but I like when I have control over what I’m buying and how it’s prepared πŸ™‚

  3. Impressed your body handled it well – that is good to know. I am only a recently turned vegetarian and have no desire to return to chicken or meat. However, I totally understand the inability to reach the protein quota. It is just not as easy at all and lacks the same satisfying quality of animal protein. I have bouts where I feel the need for more quality protein and thankfully I haven;t felt that same need lately. I recently started eating a lot more quinoa thinking it will help me lol. I used to live on chicken that it was a wonder I wasn’t starting to cluck.

    • haha- I understand and pretty much feel the same way. But that’s why I think once a week will be enough to give me the extra bump I need. I still prefer veg and fish πŸ™‚

  4. I love seafood! I tend to mostly crave seafood for my protein, also eggs, quinoa etc. I grew up eating a lot of turkey in place of beef because my mom always would prepare that in spaghetti, tacos and etc. I don’t restrict myself though and have everything in moderation. Whatever works best for you, that sounds like it just may be the boost you need!!

  5. I’m glad you wrote about this. I’m not vegetarian but I prefer the pescatarian life like you. I didn’t realize beans weren’t as high in protein. I think it’s important to find the right eating habits works for you which is what I’m working on!

    • You definitely have to experiment to find out what works best for you. That chart is pretty cool, huh? I totally had some things at a much higher protein content than they are!

  6. Yay for listening to your body! I guess I’m a flexitarian- I eat vegetarian 90 % of the but won’t pass up some good chicken soup, etc. when we go out to eat somewhere πŸ™‚

  7. I am a vegetarian who eats vegan about 75% of the time. I just can’t give up my eggs! πŸ˜‰

  8. so funny, I had chicken for the first time this week in maybe four or more years. I too wanted more protein and now that i live on my own I am looking for cheap.

  9. Happy birthday!!!!!

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