Have you ever tried going without meat, soda, and those oh so yummy treats. Trust me it is harder than you think it is. I am a true carnivore at heart, and most beans, peas and other not cute vegetables I don't eat. I rarely indulge in anything green unless its a salad, so please take my word when I say that giving up meat for a 21 days was in itself a challenge. But the rewards were so great.
Initially I had all the symptoms of withdrawl. I was cranky as all hell. However, my crankiness may have also been associated with the fact that I have been ready to depart Afghanistan for about 60 days now. Anyway, I had the foul breath, and the oh so not fun headaches that go along with giving up my beloved meat. I also dealt with tiredness from shocking my body with the absence of the diet it was once use too. But once those four days passed, I was able to run the best 6, 7, and 8 miles of my life. I have had more energy than I ever did with meat in my diet. I can stay up and talk to my boo in Korea instead of the all to familiar nap time at lunch. I actually sleep soundly at night. Which is weird, because I haven't been able to sleep in like years. Now, don't get me wrong, I still love meat, but not as much. Everytime I walk into the DFAC and smell chicken, my mouth starts watering. But I quickly bypass the chicken for salad with tuna. Did I mention seafood stirfry is the best. I still do eat a lot of starches, like potatoes and macaroni and cheese, but I eat more salads than any other normal person. When there is some type of gravy ladened beef, I quickly sidestep that for a green salad. No I don't eat peas, and my egg allergies won't allow me to even attempt eating an omlette or quiche, but there are definitely health food benefits to a no meat, veggie and seafood diet. Plus, you get to experiment with different things. The food is free here in Afghanistan so of course experimentation is not frowned upon like if I was actually buying it. But I love broccoli and asparagus. I KNOW!!!! When Mongolian Night comes around, I have no problem filling my plate with cabbage, onions, carrots, bell peppers and crab. It is so yummy, especially with crushed red paper.
I can't wait until I get to go home. I am so ready to go. I miss all you folks in America. Afghanistan is not the same. Especially since I have spent the majority of this deployment in solitude.