Health Update & What I'm Eating
So if you've read my announcement in a previous post, you know that I'm working towards becoming a vegan. I've currently been eating vegetarian and it's going well. I miss things like turkey bacon and chicken but remembering why I'm not eating meat anymore helps a lot and I'm craving it a lot less. I'm trying to make sure I still get all my nutrients like protein through vegetarian meats, green beans, quinoa, and soy.
I've always struggled with eating some foods in general because I have a tree nut and sesame seed allergy. On top of this I'm also lactose intolerant (small doses don't bother me) and have just recently found out I have a mild wheat allergy. So yeah, now I'm that girl. Not only do I have to be careful about my food having any nut/sesame seeds in it but becoming vegan and having a wheat allergy really cuts a lot of foods out from a diet that most people have.
I'm still extremely motivated and excited about becoming a vegan. I don't care that it might be hard, because anything that's worth having doesn't come easy. I know that the health benefits of becoming a vegan and knowing that my eating habits are making an impact on animals, the environment, other humans and the world gives me motivation. While I may only be one person, every time I don't eat meat products I'm saving an animals life. For so long I was restricting my diet and the amount of calories I was eating, which was good for short term but then when I would eat things not in my usual routine I would gain the weight back. A lot of vegans swear by a high carbohydrate, low fat diet. I think that it's a really good thing to do because your body lives off of carbohydrates, and we need that to give us energy to function. Being vegan doesn't restrict you as much as you think because when you compare 400 calories of meat and 400 calories of veggies and fruits you are able to eat way more fruits/ veggies for that amount compared to the amount of meat you would eat for that many calories. Being vegan is about not restricting yourself and eating all the natural plant based foods you want.
I've been slowly substituting things in my diet for vegan/vegetarian products. I drink soy milk or coconut milk (not almond milk due to my allergy). I'm learning ways to cook tofu, and also eating veggie meats. Eating more veggies like asparagus, green beans, broccoli, and spinach. Fruits like mangos, bananas, grapefruit, kiwis, grapes. I love fruits so it's nice I can eat whatever and however much of them I want. I'm cooking a lot more than I used to and a majority of the foods I eat are a lot more fresh and less processed than before. I'm drawing inspiration from recipes online (mostly from Pinterest) so if you want to check out what I'm pinning CLICK HERE. There are so many awesome apps that you can look up foods to see if they are vegan and apps for vegan recipes that I've found super helpful. For basically everything, there is a yummy vegan substitute out there.
The other day my friend who has been a vegan for a while now introduced me to these vegan "chicken tenders" from Gardein and they're so good! Honestly even if i still ate meat I would like them. I also really have been love snacking on the lightly salted Snapea Crisps. I'd never had them before a week ago and they're my new go to snack food. It makes me sad when people say things like "it won't last long" or "stop being stupid". Saying that is putting down my beliefs and values and you wouldn't do that if we were talking about religion would you? I think it's fine if you don't agree with what I'm doing but you can support ME and be happy for ME because I'm happy.
*Disclaimer: I in no way want to push my beliefs on any of you, I'm just writing about my beliefs and experiences with veganism and my health. But again, if any of you are interested in going vegan LET'S DO IT TOGETHER. Having a friend that has the same habits/ values as you do really helps the transition and it's nice to have that support especially when many people don't understand why I'm doing this. I really like everything that comes with being vegan, I think it's more than just a change in diet but a change in lifestyle. I want to add positivity and care more about others and the planet and I think that veganism is a great way to do that.