Another week as a vegetarian. This still sucks.
The thing is, it MIGHT be better if A.) I had the budget to cook whole "Indian-style" meals for myself or B.) it was possible to actually order decent no-meat food outside of upscale restuarants.
Seriously on "B," though - if this has taught me one thing, it's that people aren't kidding when they say American (Western in general?) food-culture is way too meat-centric: EVERYTHING has some kind of meat base - I couldn't even order cheese sauce for the dipping of tortilla chips because it just "came with" ground-beef in it. At even "classy" fast-food places (think Panera Bread) a "filling" salad means a salad with a sammich's worth of chicken on it.
Stirred a can of "Vegetarian Chili" in with my mac-and-cheese for dinner Friday night. Tasted okay, texture of what I'm assuming was beef-style tofu was alright, but the lack of beef aftertaste totally kills the illusion. I've determined that "meat substitutes" like Tofurkey (it's actually called that - I always thought that was a parody-name!) are not for me.
Either way, once the 30th gets here I'm done with this shit - largely because I hate it, but ultimately because it's just not working. I've lost precisely the same amount of weight (re: not much) as I did the last time I went on SlimFast without cutting the meat, so clearly too much protein (and cutting portion size) is not my problem - which is actually a little disconcerting, to be honest. I'm doing a regular 2000 calorie workout (not including weights and crunches) and only eating one solid meal a day - at this point I'm just going to bite the bullet and see a nutrionist.