Yes we’ve all heard it but have you really listened to how your body reacts to what you eat.?
Recently I’ve been leaning more toward vegetarian and vegan alternatives to the normal meat and 2 veg dishes that I grew up on. Everytime we visit friends or have family visit us (that are vego) I try to challenge myself by joining them. Yes I join the other team!
Surprisingly I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve been listening to my body… not literally, I know what lentils do to people! but more so feeling how my body responds to none meat dishes. At the same time I’ve managed to rid out family household of processed and raw sugar. I’ve been using Agave Syrup as an alternative. That’s not to say that we never have it. I’m ok with it when we visit friends, family or eat out.
Can I afford it?
I don’t go crazy on pastas or food that have high amounts of saturated fats but what I have been trying to do is buy organic produce whenever I can. Yes, yes, organic is expensive! But if you stop buying meat it evens out. Also considering that you’re body will be depending on mostly plant based foods, its better for you to not buy produce that’s had any chemical treatment for fertilisers or pest control. Usually vego’s naturally are more lean than meat eaters. So forget forking out the $$$ for the PT who screams at you to work harder! eat a carrot and go for a walk!
How to get started:
I think the best way for us was to start by gradually shrinking the portions of meat down more and more to wean off and eventually stop buying it. I’m not at the stage where I have a white plackard that reads “animals have feelings too” I’m really quite ok to sink my teeth into a 600gram grain fed waygu beef scotch fillet. What I’m noticing most of all that my body feels amazing when I exclude beef, lamb, pork and chicken.
I tend to have more energy, need less snacks. I always thought that meat always gave you protein and gave you strength. but more so I find myself feeling heavy and even tired after a big hearty meal. Where as with fruit and veg I feel replenished and light enough to get back to work. I think this is because meat IS heavy! and while it does have protein the enzymes needed to break meat down drain your body of energy (which is probably why I feel like I need a sleep after lunch some days); while fruit, veg and nuts replenish your body and top up the enzymes as the nutrients break down.
Is becoming a Vegitarian really better for your health?
The less I listen to the sceptics and the more I research I find it to be true:
“Meat, poultry, and seafood are also more frequent carriers of foodborne illnesses than plant sources.”
“Vegetarians have a lower incidence of cancer, especially colon, stomach, mouth, esophagus, lung, prostate, bladder, and breast cancers. The protection against intestinal cancers is probably due to the fiber in a plant-based diet. In fact, vegetarians have a lower incidence of nearly all intestinal diseases and discomforts, especially constipation and diverticulosis. The phytonutrients in plant foods, especially antioxidants, flavanoids, and carotenoids, may also contribute to protection against cancer.”
I found this to be a great resource:
Don’t you get bored without meat?
In the begining you may feel a little lost about what to eat and how to get creative with your dishes, so perhaps just start with using tofu as an alternative and buy egg/dairy free salad dressings, there’s plenty of recipes online and some organic supermarkets run workshops to help you become more aware of other ingredients like chia seeds, and what can be used for Raw desserts which are mega healthy but taste like you’re eating really naughty foods!
I made this potato salad at a BBQ we just had and no one could tell that it was completely vegan: Potato, shallots, cherry tomatoes, rocket and silverbeat shredded. Dressing featured above. YUM!
As a result of this I am finding that my skin is behaving well I have more energy for longer, I’m sleeping better AND I’ve lost a few kgs! Well worth it for me. I’ll be looking more into Raw food preparation so that I can whip up more desserts. Watch this space!
Any thoughts email me or leave a comment. Happy to hear your opinion