Plant-Based Bliss

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).

Please leave any of your plant-based questions in the comment section below!  And thank you so much for reading and supporting my blog, it means the world to me.

xx Carly



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