To Be Or Not To Be
The truth is, in 6th grade, me and all my friends went vegetarian. I joined PETA (mostly for the free stickers) and avoided chicken nuggets and burgers (the only “meat” I ate in 6th grade).
My 11-year-old self was pretty stickler about not eating meat, but I still ate lots of junk food. This meant cheese quesadillas (highly processed american cheese was my favorite), tater tots, pb&j (not natural peanut butter), french fries, chips, and cookies everyday. I was very picky and wouldn’t eat “leaves” (salad), beans or any other healthy food to save my life.
After 6 months, I quickly realized that I missed chicken nuggets and burgers, so I gave up vegetarianism.
For the last few weeks I’ve been on the fence about a decision to go vegetarian. My family would support me in my decision, but they would still prepare and purchase meat, which kind of defeats the purpose, since they won’t be buying less meat, even though I won’t be eating it.
Also, I am very interested in eating a plant-based diet, in other words, vegan. However, my parents would not enjoy the cost of buying almond milk and special protein sources just so one person (me) in our family will eat it.
I would gladly prepare vegan meals for my family, but my mom and dad would be the only ones who would eat it, I’m sure. I’d have to make a vegan meal for me and another meal for the rest of the family, since I do 90% of the cooking in our home. This means more time/work/energy/money.
One more thing, if I suddenly change my eating habits, I’ll have to bring my own meals, turn down snacks and always be asking “is it vegan/vegetarian”? And I hate being a bother to people and don’t want people to think I’m being a snob because I won’t eat the food that EVERYONE else is eating.
Sure, I shouldn’t worry about what others think of my eating habits and I should eat the way I think I should without feeling guilty, but I KNOW I’d feel bad turning down birthday cake and other eats at special events, especially when EVERYONE else is eating it. You know, “what’s so special about her that she won’t eat cake or blah blah blah.”
Those of you that eat gluten-, sugar-, dairy-, meat-, animal-product free etc. how do you deal?
Also, I really REALLY wanted to do the 7 Day Vegan Challenge, but last week (before I knew about the challenge), I bought a big tub of Feta Cheese and I don’t want it to go bad (I’m the only one in our family who eats it). My dad would die if he heard I wasted food so I could go vegan for a week.
This morning I took Chipper on a brisk walk then did my weight-lifting routine for my workout.
I refueled with a Green Monster.
Into the Vitamix went:
– 2 handfuls spinach
– 1 banana
– 1 cup almond milk
– 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
– 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
– 3 ice cubes
Before Spanish class I snacked on this lovely Tiki Blueberry Flax bar from Bora Bora.
It was all my favorite things: sweet, crunchy and chewy! It is USDA Certified Organic and the first ingredient is Organic Sprouted Flax! Awesome. LOVE IT
Excellent texture, yummy taste, lots of yummy ingredients.
After Spanish I came home and made a SALAD BEAST.
I love salads because you can make them HUMONGOUS and yet they’re still low in calories! Depending on what you top them with of course.
This salad was bursting to the brim with spinach, romaine, chickpeas, feta cheese, a crumbled hard boiled egg, turkey bacon and hummus dressing (1 Tbsp. hummus thinned with a little water).
BEST SALAD EVER. I used to think I could never make a decent salad, but practice makes perfect and I’m really getting the hang of it now!
Speaking of salad…
I’m growing sprouts!! Supposedly sprouts are SUPER SUPER good for you and the nutrition content of foods can be increased up 500% if you sprout it.
The most common do-it-yourself-sprout is alfalfa, but I’m doing lentils. I’m not even sure my sprouts will work, who knows!? It SHOULD work, and If it does, I will be sure to do a tutorial!
Wow, this was a bit wordy of a post, but the new diet lifestyle stuff has been on my mind for a while and I’d love to hear your thoughts!
What’s your favorite (EASY) 🙂 vegan recipe?
Have you ever done sprouts?