My vegetarian confession: I ate meat. 

(^Thai chicken soup)

I’ve been a vegetarian since March 17th 2011-so a little over 6 months now. Vegetarianism slowly turned into almost veganism. Let me explain. I read a great book titled “The Kind Diet” (By Alicia Silverstone) and it prompted me to try vegetarianism again after some unsuccessful attempts in 6th and 9th grade. (Aka: getting sick because I wasn’t getting enough nutrients)

I started out by simply not eating meat. Somehow, over time, I developed a pretty severe intolerance to lactose. By having to cut lactose out of my diet I was cutting out a major food group that I enjoyed and I still really miss. (ICE CREAM, yogurt, cow’s milk)

Stupid lactose intolerance means that I can’t enjoy pumpkin ice cream this year without puking or having diarrhea for 2 days straight.

Being an athlete, I have been finding it hard to get enough nutrition- calorie and protein wise. I have been relying mostly on peanut butter and tofu for protein and vegetables just don’t keep me full. I know it is no excuse and plenty of athletes are vegetarian/vegan but I don’t think it was working for me. Since March I have suffered from head aches and fatigue. It has made me so sad to think about eating meat- I think about how so many animals have been tortured for me to just sit and eat them. Sometimes you have to put your health first though. I’m not out to lose weight and I’m sick of head aches/constant hunger.

Another thing that bothered me about being a vegetarian is being a “burden” at times. I’m fairly social and every time I go to a dinner party i’m “that person who needs a special meat and dairy free meal.” I don’t want to seem like a brat when I go places and make a host prepare a special meal for me when my current diet isn’t working well for me. Going out to eat is a whole other problem as well at times and I hate that- I love going out to eat and I dislike limitations.

Saturday Jimmy and I went to cafe and I wanted soup…. guess what… all of the soups offered had meat in them so I figured what the heck, i’m just going to eat it. I felt full and energized after-woo! Yes I felt guilty about the moral aspect of the poor chickens in the soup but again, I don’t feel as if vegetarianism is working well for my health.  

I’m not saying that I’m going to eat meat for every meal and every day, but I’m going to include it in my diet.

My mom made meatballs for dinner last night… I ate some. They were good.

Also enjoyed: salad, spaghetti, and bread.

So yeah, that is my announcement/confession. I ate meat and I didn’t die. I feel a little guilty about the moral aspect but I’m more concerned for my health.

Have you ever had to make a decision that you knew was good for you even though you didn’t want to do it?


The doctor visit

Yesterday was my doctors appointment. I was a little nervous.

I asked my doctor a few questions

1. Ever since I have become a vegetarian I feel as if I have been getting many injuries and feeling run down at times. Do my injuries have anything to do with being a vegetarian? Her answer: No. As long as you are getting enough calcium and vital nutrients you are doing great as a vegetarian and can stay that way. (Yay!) She had me get blood drawn to see how I’m doing with vitamins/minerals- just in case.

That made me happy!

2. I ate ice cream the other night. I don’t usually eat dairy and I felt pretty awful for a full day. Is it possible that I am lactose intolerant? Her answer: Yes. About 70% of the population has some sort of intolerance to lactose and it is especially possible to develop it if you don’t consume dairy for a long period of time and then try to go back to it. She had me get blood drawn to check for a lactose allergy.

3. Why do I keep getting injuries? Her answer: You probably aren’t letting yourself heal fully. I want you to take 2 months off of running.

So I got a ton of blood drawn, left the doctors office, and got an iced latte to cheer me up! [P.S.: I’ll find out the blood work results in a few days]

(This post has WAY too many pictures of me hahah)


Anyways, I suppose what you are all wondering is am I going to take 2 months off of running?

My answer: I don’t know. My knee has been bugging me again lately and I have cross country training camp on Sunday. Since the doctor offered to write me an excuse from cross country I am still able to get the scholarship and go to my school (praise God for his blessings!!). But if I use the excuse I won’t be able to run until October 9th. That kind of sucks.

I guess what I am going to do is see how I feel. I’m probably going to cross train until Sunday and see how my knee feels then. I’ll go from there.


I’m really glad the doctor said it is possible (as long as the blood results come back good) for me to continue to be a vegetarian. I’m interested to find out if I’m lactose intolerant and I’m just going to go with the flow with how my knee feels for running.