Vegetarian Experiment: Day One

I just finished Day One of my week-long experiment of being meat-free. It was a long day full of air travel and airport food, but I managed all right.


I didn’t have time to eat breakfast at my parents’ house before heading to the airport (it was very early in the morning), so I decided to get something at the airport. However, because of wrong turns getting to the airport and long lines everywhere at the airport, I barely found something before my plane took off.

I saw an Einstein Brothers Bagel and a Starbucks, but the lines were too long, and I would miss my flight. I finally found a small food stand called Real Food with a short line and decided to stop there. They sold yogurt and sandwiches.

Because of the design of the place, I didn’t have a chance to decide what I wanted until I got to the front of the line. At that point, I was rushed and had to choose something quickly so the people behind me wouldn’t get irritated.

The croissant sandwich with bacon, egg, and cheese looked good. That’s an option.

The sausage biscuit also looked good, but it seemed a little heavy, so I bypassed that.

I finally decided on the bagel sandwich with ham, cheese, and egg.

Ham, Egg, and Cheese Bagel Sandwich

But, no, that’s not right.

As I was paying for the Ham, Cheese, and Egg Sandwich that the lady nicely warmed up for me, I saw a sign for an “Egg and Cheese Bagel Sandwich.” That’s when I remembered that I was not going to eat meat, and I had just ordered a sandwich with meat.

Habits do not go away easily.

When I got on the airplane, I took the meat off the sandwich and ate the egg and cheese sandwich sans ham.

My bagel sandwich without meat



For lunch, I ate at Chicago O’Hare Airport. I found this place that had a lot of vegetarian and vegan options. The dish that stuck out to me first was the Pesto Chicken Sandwich, but I didn’t forget this time about my mission and order the sandwich. I don’t think a pesto sandwich would have been very filling without the meat. Instead, I ordered a Tomato Garden Vegetable Teapot, which had tomatoes, garden veggies, and baby spinach over mate-infused brown rice. It was vegan and gluten-free. I also ordered a side of Cracked Pepper Baked Lentil Chips. Both items were extremely good. And filling, too.

Baked Lentil Chips

Here’s a close-up of the Tomato Garden Vegetable Teapot.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Tomato Teapot


I went to the Opening Seminar Session and didn’t eat until afterwards (around 9:30). The only thing open was McDonald’s or Subway. I opted for Subway where I got a Veggie Sandwich on Wheat.

Veggie Sandwich from Subway

At the end of the day, I still feel hungry. I don’t know the extent that travel and eating at random hours impacted my stomach growls, but I do feel like I could eat more food. There’s just nothing around to eat.

I’ve also had a headache for about 5 hours. I hope it’s not related to the food, but I’m beginning to wonder.