A short story how to overcome a mild hangover, create uninspiring meals and stick to your New Year’s resolution.
January 1. I woke up with a mild hangover realizing that it was finally 2021. I stayed in my bed, cuddling my pillow and thinking of my favourite hangover cure — eggs & bacon. Then it hit me. I’m a vegetarian now. My New Year’s resolution to stop eating meat was in effect since midnight, and that meant no more bacon for me. As soon as I was ready to leave the comfort of my warm bed and face the harsh reality of my empty fridge, I realized that my transition into vegetarianism would not be without any bumps on the road. My stomach made an annoying sound, signaling that it was time to feed it. “Ok, don’t panic and think,” I mumbled to myself. I didn’t feel super excited about having a take-out in the morning, so I decided to calm things down with a cup of coffee while considering my options. Sipping my favourite hot beverage and mindlessly scrolling down my Instagram feed, one of the photos caught my attention. It featured a deliciously looking almond croissant, and the good news was that the published picture was on the Instagram account of my favourite coffee shop right around the corner. And it was open! I put my sweats on and ran to the coffee shop to get my very first breakfast this year as an official vegetarian. Crisis averted.
I spent most of my day on my laptop researching vegetarianism and creating a meal plan together with a shopping list. I found few apps that seemed to focus on the problem I was dealing with, so I decided to make it easy on myself right from the start and chose one app that would do the work for me. Vegetarian Meal Plan offered a free trial for a week, and I dived into discovering new meatless recipes. It also took me only a few clicks on my phone to create a shopping list for the week. I did all of that while stuffing myself with rice and beans for the rest of the day dreaming of the day when I would be able to afford hiring a personal chef.
It wasn’t the most fabulous start of the year nor my new life as a vegetarian, but at least I came up with a plan, hoping my meal planning would get a bit easier and my meals tastier each day.