For the past few months, without even realizing it, my diet has become more & more "vegan". About 3 weeks ago, I started consciously thinking about making the switch. Everywhere I turned for information only affirmed my decision. I'm not a "crazy PETA person", but the more I read about farming, not only did it make me sad, but also sickened me that, that was what I was putting into my body. Dairy/Meat farming is NOT a sustainable way of living...According to Bittman (read on), the meat industry emits more greenhouse gases per year than transportation!
I was a little apprehensive about getting proper nutrition, and being a newbie, I emailed my favorite blogger, Sarah Von, from Yes and Yes!, for help. (She does this awesome monthly hook-up, where you can ask for help and her awesome readers respond) And I was inspired by all the information and resources they sent me.
Another blog, Yum & Yuk, is always posting tidbits from Mark Bittman about food. And lucky for me, as I was perusing the bookshelves at the library yesterday, I came across his book, Food Matters. I quickly devoured it (pun definitely intended). I also recommend it to anyone & everyone who is health conscious in the least...actually even if they aren't (Everyone READ it!). He doesn't advocate for veganism, but a diet with less meat, dairy products, & processed foods, a completely realistic view of food for everyone. Pick it up! It will be good for you!
So needless to say, I'm vegan...*for the most part. I've cut out dairy & meat products for about the past 2 weeks, and I can't even begin to tell you how good I feel. I have tons of energy and my face is even clearer! I'm having a blast preparing new recipes and getting creative in the kitchen. So be ready for more "Vegan Diaries". I will be posting my favorite recipes & creations! Also, if any of you have any tips or recipes to share, I will GLADLY accept them!
*What I mean by "for the most part" is that 90% or more of my meals are going to be solely made up of plants. This leaves 2 meals a week that I can "relax" a bit, for which I will save for eating out. When eating out, it's impossible to control what I'm putting into my body. Even if I think I'm ordering vegan, I won't really truly know. I won't always take these 2 "free passes", but this way I won't feel like I'm "cheating" either.
P.S. I should also give a shoutout to Cafe Gratitude. I sealed the deal after eating their insanely delicious "I Am Adored". Vegan food CAN be delicious!