I have now completed my first week, and so far things are looking good. Indeed, they are looking so ridiculously good it’s hard to describe them without sounding like an infomercial on late-night TV.
In general, my mood is unchanged after the switch in diet. There are, however, two slight changes I observe in specific situations. One, I find it much easier to control my appetite when I order food in a restaurant. As I’m learning now, much of my restaurant cravings come when I read up and down the menu and wonder which of all these delicious choices to pick.
Going vegetarian greatly constrained my menu-surfing because most restaurants only have one vegetarian appetizer or two, only one vegetarian entrée or two. So I just figure out what they are, ignore everything else, and take my pick. Case closed. No cravings aroused, binging averted.
The second psychological observation is something that’s not
happening. Before I started, I expected to experience cravings for meat whenever I passed a hamburger place or a steakhouse. But no! Nothing.
After months of losing weight at a rate of a pound or two per month, I lost six pounds after the switch in diet -- without even trying very hard. I know I know: Just because A is followed by B, that doesn’t mean A caused
B. To suggest otherwise is infomercial talk. But with that qualification out of the way: hey, what the hell " I’ll take it!
EDIT, after reading Green Witch bring up blood sugar: I'm a diabetic. Two weeks ago I tested how I'd do without blood sugar medication. My level rose to moderately scary level, not immediately threatening but dangerous in the long run. (200-250 mg/dl). After the first week of lent, it's down to 100-150 mg/dl. Again, that doesn't mean the switch in diet caused it, but it's nice nevertheless.
So far, this is so effective and feels so easy it’s almost like cheating.