Hello friends! I’m currently sitting cozy in my bed with my laptop placed atop a pillow on my lap and Riah (the best dog ever) curled up beside me. Nice and cozy, I feel like I could be sleeping but I’ve been thinking a lot about writing so sleep just won’t be happening until I do. I wanted to answer to you the question(s) that I get asked all of the time about my eating pattern – you’re vegetarian? why did you become vegetarian? what do you eat? do you only eat vegetables? how do you get your protein and so on…. I’m sure if you’re vegetarian or vegan, you’ve heard this all before. I’m laying it out on the table for you here.
I can’t really pinpoint the date that I became vegetarian, but it definitely didn’t happen overnight. I will say I haven’t eaten red meat or pork (that I know of) in almost 8-9 years. I cut out poultry about 3-4 years ago. I do still eat eggs and cheese (technically that would be considered lacto-ovo-vegetarain), but I also love eating vegan meals as well.
I can see me becoming vegan in the future, since a lot of the reason that I stopped eating meat/poultry was due to caring for the animals. The last time I tried to eat chicken, I had a dream that night about a chicken on a leash! Eek! Choosing to become vegetarian was also a health choice – studies show decreased risks for cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. I have also seen overall improvement in the health of my own skin since changing to a vegetarian eating plan.
I don’t miss or crave meat, which I’m also asked a lot. There are a lot of great options out there for vegetarians and vegans, meaning I don’t only eat salads. Although I do love a good salad I have no more problems getting the nutrients I need than if I was non-vegetarian. This is also due to me being educated about foods and how to balance diets to optimize my needs – going vegetarian or vegan does take some thought and planning, but so does any “diet” or way of eating.
So what do I eat? Well I do eat a lot of vegetables, obviously, and I can’t live without peanut butter. I also eat fruits, pulses, a bit of whole grains, nuts and seeds, soy/tofu, almond milk, vegan and non-vegan cheese. I’m sure I’m missing something of what I usually eat but that’s a pretty good idea. Here is a look into a day of eating with me:
Large glass of water (plus water throughout the day)
Slice of whole grain gluten free toast with peanut butter and chia seed jam
Grapes (if I didn’t have banana at breakfast, I’d always have it here)
Small handful of raw nuts
Homemade vegan tomato soup
Raw veggies with hummus
8oz London Fog with almond milk
Raw snap peas
Beet and Carrot Citrus Slaw with Avocado Cilantro Dressing and Tofu (bought from one of my fav local spots- 13th Ave Coffee House, and pictured above!)
Small bowl of air-popped popcorn
You’ll notice from my eating pattern that I eat frequently – small portions but frequent. What I eat also changes a lot since I do really like to cook and try new things (I love variety) but I also have lazy days too. I don’t eat out very frequent but there are times I grab a quick smoothie or my favourite beet/carrot slaw with tofu from a local spot when I’m on the go. I allow treats from time to time and I don’t like to skip meals or else my stomach will be talking to me!
Stay tuned for why I eat gluten free and my top favourite vegan/vegetarian proteins!
Have you ever tried to go vegan or vegetarian? Are you vegan and vegetarian – what are the crazy things people ask or comment to you??
Stay Warm! Xox Jenna