*no, its not a diet... lifestyle is the word that should be used here.
the talk went something like this...
"ok hannah, you're too smart to keep putting all this nasty crap in your body. if you can manage to curb your carnivorous cravings, hopefully, you'll gain a new sense of happiness... and possibly shed a few pounds. just remember, you will probably be hungry... a lot. this new thing will require some extra planning and the meals will be smaller--you know, since there's no meat. but eventually.... no... wait... HOPEFULLY those snack cravings will pass... smaller meals... no snacks... just pretend you're living in nairobi or something...you'll be just fine"
well, FYI folks! WE'RE NOT STARVING OURSELVES!! in the whole scheme of things, we're pretty early in this and i'm sure we'll face our share of struggles... but today, i had lots to eat and never felt overly full or weighed down... and not to mention, i don't feel guilty after enjoying my snack before bed.... instead of a cookies or something that would've had more nutritional value if i'd eaten the wrapper, i had a bowl of fiber one honey clusters (yay for finding an "adult cereal" that i like!) with almond milk and fresh strawberries on top.... wow. it was incredible. i'll elaborate more in another post on what exactly we've been eating.
so, maybe my pep talk wasn't entirely necessary. so far, so good.