Since the first of the year the hubs and I have been eating mostly vegan. I say mostly because the occasional chocolate sneaks through / work event where every thing is covered in cheese happens. It is partly to force the eating of more fruits and veggies and partly me being horrified after a documentary I watched about the food industry. My husband is super supportive of me so he was game to change his eating habits too. We played Taps for the last package of bacon. That being said I am not preachy about it and if you invite me over for dinner I won't turn my nose up (and will bring wine). But I am going to talk about what I eat so if you are not into it skip this post and I promise the next one will be about running again.
And of course the disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I am a big believer in everything in moderation including moderation. I do think having more of a plant based diet is better for you.I do not think eating meat is bad for you but I do think the way we go about obtaining the large amount of animal products in the American diet is harmful to the environment and unsustainable. So this is what is up with that.
So if you are interested in going vegan or even just eating less meat (meatless Mondays seem to be popular) here are some things that worked for me.
1) Be open to trying new things.
So let's talk about the weird things we have obtained in our kitchen
Bulgur wheat, pea protein, nutritional yeast flakes, avocado oil
Sticking to food of the vegan variety has demanded that we put a little effort into what we eat, plan ahead and has made us try stuff that we would not normally try. The nice thing about the internet is that vegan recipes food and tips are all right there. And you can find everything on Amazon. You just got to be game to order/buy weird stuff and give a whirl. Like nutritional yeast- what the heck? Well if you cook it right it is kind of like a cheese sauce and tastes slightly nutty. Huh- never had even heard about it before. Probably will not buy it again but horizon expanded. And Avocado oil is freakin delicious. Dip some sourdough in there and thank me later.
2) Keep in mind that there is a substitution for just about everything....somewhere.
3) Crock-pots and beans and rice are your best friends.
4) Embrace the ethnic food isle/ grocery store
5) Give yourself a break. D & I transitioned slowly. We ate what we had on hand and stopped buying animal products and explored other stuff. We looked into supplements- especially Iron and B12 to make sure we are getting what we need. Yesterday I ate a chocolate brownie thing which is why I say we are mostly vegan. We are actively trying to eat less animal products but life (and chocolate brownies) happen.
Cons so far: Felt hangry (you know the I am angry because I am hungry) a lot at first but that seems to be going away
How do you feel about going meatless?