The media’s been inundated with articles about the healthy vegetarian/vegan diet. It seems, in this day and age, we must thoroughly examine our food choices because of BPA, food additives, food contamination, etc. As a grad student, I lead a potentially unhealthy lifestyle – I sit for very long periods of time at my desk, while consuming lunches over my keyboard without even realizing what I’ve consumed! My sedentary lifestyle, coupled with my susceptibility for chronic migraines, can be a recipe for disaster if I do not take care of myself. Fortunately, I have a number of friends that lead a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle that I can look up to.
I’m not saying that going vegan is the cure for living healthy, but, I started to think that I should at least try it, just to see whether it may help with my winter periods of lethargy. Going vegan also helps the environment, too – but that’s a topic for another time.
In any case, I can’t stop cold turkey (ha!). At least, not yet. For now, I’ve been slowly moving away from dairy and meat while substituting my diet with seitan, tofu, lentils and tempeh. I still had a little cheese on Monday, and buttered my bread yesterday. Still, it’s better than the 10 oz steak dinner that I used to have! Going vegetarian first will be an easier step than going vegan, so I shall try that first.
Today is day 4 of going vegetarian. Last night, I made these Italian “sausages” using a recipe I found online. Surprisingly, they are REALLY good! The other thing that surprises me is that there are so many great options as well as some wonderful Internet resources to help support. Going vegetarian no longer means peanut-butter sandwiches every day.
I hope you join me on my journey as I make my switch from the carnivorous world over to the flora side. Any questions that I can answer for you?
Happy eating everyone, whether you’re a carnivore, omnivore, or herbivore. ^.^