Hello beauties! I am here to share what I ate for lunch today as well as a little bit about my switch to a plant-based diet. So first, the low-down on the yummy meal above: I already had some quinoa in the fridge that I made earlier this week, so I heated it up in the microwave before adding in liquid aminos and nutritional yeast, half an avocado, and more nutritional yeast! I did all of this while I waited for my carrots to finish roasting in the oven. My super simple roasted carrot recipe is coming soon! I want to do a whole post on it because roasted root veggies are my favorite food.
Bliss is the first word that comes to my mind when I think about feeling harmony within. I mentioned in my Maple Banana Green Smoothie post that I was recently able to solve a health issue of mine through food. I have always tried to stay away from labeling how I eat, and maintain being 80% super healthy, 20% indulgent. This has really worked for me over the years! I actually haven’t eaten red meat in over four years now, and my dairy consumption has become less and less simply because I don’t feel my best when I eat those foods. It has never felt like deprivation for me because those are not my favorite foods. With that being said, I try not to be too hard on myself and go with the flow. I always felt uncomfortable when someone went out of their way to cook something different for me, and a couple years ago it was much more difficult to find meat and dairy free options at restaurants. I don’t say the word vegan because vegan does not automatically equal healthful eating, and what if when I travel to Italy someday I want to enjoy farm-to-table cheese on my pasta? I feel much happier describing what I’m doing as being plant-based. Plant-based describes healthful eating, with plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. I can eat a whole avocado because it will do my body much more good than processed cereal (even organic brands).
I recently read the phrase, “You are what you do most of the time.” I realized that I was what I was doing most of the time, and it was making me sick. Foods that I thought were “super healthy” were still processed or not nutrient dense, leaving me hungry after mealtime, in addition to stomach aches, fogginess, digestive issues….uh. I couldn’t take it anymore, so three weeks ago I stopped eating processed food six out of the seven days of the week, completely eliminated dairy from my diet, and what little fish, chicken, and eggs that I had been eating were no longer a part of my menu (I wasn’t enjoying them as much as I once was anyway, because a stomach ache an hour after mealtime is no fun). I wanted to feel light and clear after mealtime, not foggy and icky. This plant based switch was truly the best choice for me, because I have never felt better. I will be sharing more recipes and what plant-based meals look like, too! Today I just wanted to provide a little background about where I am coming from. My meal above is a great example of the types of things I have been eating for lunch/dinner over these last few weeks (carrots, avocado, and quinoa are also among my favorite foods to eat). Plant-based is now my 80% super healthy (I am saving my 20% indulgent for Italy).
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