I am a student in Bologna, Italy, but I live in the countryside. I love nature, so I enjoy taking long walks in the mountains to discover new animals and seeing how different plants change during the passing of seasons.
My challenge
Eating vegetarian or vegan meals at least 4 days a week.

Today I ate:

– breakfast: red orange juice

– lunch: boiled vegetables

– afternoon snack: creme caramel

– dinner: rocket salad with tomatoes and cheese

Today I ate:

– breakfast: cappuccino

– morning snack: banana smoothie

– lunch: apple

– afternoon snack: grapefruit

Today I ate:

– breakfast: cappuccino

– morning snack: banana

– lunch: sandwich with cheese

– afternoon snack: banana

– dinner: toast with cheese

Today I ate:

– breakfast: red orange juice

– morning snack: chocolate

– lunch: cereals with yogurt

– afternoon snack: banana

– dinner: toast with cheese

Today I ate:

– breakfast: cappuccino

– morning snack: banana

– lunch: plain rice

– afternoon snack: apple

– dinner: tomatoes, mushrooms and rocket salad

My stomach got a bit upset, so today I ate simple and light food:

– breakfast: red orange juice

– morning snack: banana

– lunch: plain rice

– afternoon snack: banana

– dinner: plain rice

So far, the best moments of my challenge have been those times at the end of the week where I looked up my record of what I ate in the previous days and realised that I had passed my challenge, without having to make much of an effort because I already don’t eat meat very often.

But, there have also been difficult times. For example when I was in a rush to eat and the only ready thing I found in the fridge was a toast with cheese and ham that I had to heat up, so I ended up eating meat. To avoid encountering this problem again, I have started leaving at least one ready meal in the fridge at all times, just in case something comes up that makes me need to eat quickly.

I haven’t looked much at other participants’ feeds, so I’d be lying if I said that some of them inspired me or made me reflect on something. I’ll try to check them out more from now on.

In this final week, I want to step up my game. I want to try and eat vegan (or at least vegetarian if I don’t manage) for all the remaining days of this challenge. Can’t wait to see if I’ll succeed again.

Since week 3 is over, here’s how it went:

– day 15: vegetarian meals

– day 16: no vegetarian/vegan meals

– day 17: no vegetarian/vegan meals

– day 18: vegetarian meals

– day 19: vegetarian meals

– day 20: no vegetarian/vegan meals

– day 21: vegetarian meals

I only ate meat three times this week, so I passed my weekly challenge (no meat for at least 4 days a week), yay!

Today I ate:

– breakfast: ace juice

– morning snack: chocolate

– lunch: pasta with ragù

– afternoon snack: chocolate

– dinner: pizza with mushrooms

Today I ate:

– breakfast: ace juice

– morning snack: kiwi

– lunch: yogurt with corn flakes

– afternoon snack: apple

– dinner: toast with cheese

The main problems I could encounter with my challenge could be restaurants or fast foods not having any vegetarian options, though “luckily”, because of covid, I can’t go out so this isn’t really an issue.

But I think I could help changing this for example by asking restaurants if they can nake something vegetarian or vegan, even if it’s not on the menu (though going to Mc Donalds and asking for a salad would feel kinda pointless).

Anyway I still don’t think this is really an issue anymore because today basically every restauranf has at least a couple of vegetarian options.

As many people my age, I took part in the Fridays For Future Movement. I actually believed in it, though some people just saw it as an excuse to skip school, but the friends who joined me believed in it too.

I don’t know if I’ve ever wanted to stand up for something. There are many issues that still need to be worked on, like gender equality (and accepting more than just the 2 “classical” gender identities, male and female).

My inner motivation to complete this challenge is that I wanted to go vegetarian once, but I was something like 8 years old so I didn’t have much control over what I ate. Now that I do, I can choose to change the way I eat. I don’t necessarily have to stop eating meat at once, it can also be a gradual process (which I think is actually easier).

Today I ate:

– breakfast: red orange juice

– morning snack: chocolate cake

– lunch: spaghetti with mollusks

– afternoon snack: sfrappole

– dinner: pasta with tomato sauce

Today I ate:

– breakfast: red orange juice

– morning break: yogurt with berries and corn flakes

– lunch: sfrappole

– afternoon snack: chocolate cake

– dinner: tigelle with cheese and raw ham

I know I forgot to post daily updates with what I’ve been eating, but I still kept track of the days where I ate meat. I promise I’ll post daily updates starting tomorrow.

Since week 2 is over, here’s how it’s going so far:

– day 8: vegetarian meals

– day 9: vegetarian meals

– day 10: no vegetarian/vegan meals

– day 11: vegan meals (!!)

– day 12: vegetarian meals

– day 13: no vegetarian meals

– day 14: vegetarian meals

I only ate meat twice this week, so I passed my weekly challenge (no meat for at least 4 days a week), yay!

I don’t often pay attention to how other people are doing, including my classmates since I see them every other day. I’ve talked about my challenge to my mother, and she’s now paying more attention fo what she cooks so that I always have a vegetarian option available. This obviously influenced what she eats too, because instead of having to cook different stuff, most times she just eats what I eat.

My experiment is sometimes challenging, because for example we could be having guests for dinner or lunch and there aren’t any vegetarian options for me, so I either have to ask for something else or maybe make it myself, and to other people it may just sound like I don’t like their food. Obviously realising that people might think that I’m being rude makes me want to shut up and just eat the meat they prepared, but instead I prefer telling them why I’m doing this so they can understand.

My mum made a lot of chicken cutlets, so we have to eat them before they go bad.

Today I ate:

– breakfast: green apple juice

– morning break: orange flavoured candy

– lunch: tomato and cheese

– afternoon break: banana

– dinner: chicken cutlet

Since I’ve been doing this challenge for a week, here’s how it’s going so far:

– day 1: vegetarian meals

– day 2: vegetarian meals

– day 3: vegetarian meals

– day 4: vegetarian meals

– day 5: no vegetarian/vegan meals

– day 6: vegetarian meals

– day 7: no vegetarian/vegan meals

I only ate meat twice this week, so I passed my weekly challenge (no meat for at least 4 days a week), yay!

Sometimes I forget about my challenge (like yesterday, when I ate a toast with ham for dinner because I didn’t have time to prepare anything and that was already made), but then I remember than my challenge is about not eating meat for at least 4 days a week, so nothing bad hapoens if I forget about it for just one day.

Today I ate:

– breakfast: green apple juice

– morning snack: cake with pineapple and walnuts

– dinner: toast with ham and cheese

The thing about trying to change old habits is that sometimes it can be challenging, but that’s what makes it fun. I’ve tried changing a habit before, with success. I think the reason why I succeeded was that I put my mind to it, I was motivated. Trying to change a habit can feel exciting, but maybe also a bit scary. My challenge is eating less meat, so obviously I think about building this new habit on a daily basis.

I chose this challenge because producing meat is quite harmful to the environment, and while I already try not to use plastic that can’t be recycled and not to use too much water when brushing my teeth or showering, I also want to help the environment by trying not to eat meat too often.

My challenge is to eat vegetarian or vegan meals at least 4 days a week, but I’ll try to cut meat out as much as possible.

Today I ate:

– breakfast: pineapple juice

– morning snack: corn flakes with plain yogurt

– lunch: rice spaghetti with tomato sauce and parsley

– afternoon snack: banana