At this point, I have been a vegetarian and an aspiring vegan for a little over two months!
The results have been been pretty consistent, so I do not really have any new updates in that regard. Furthermore, I have never really had any chronic health issues, so I do not have much to report on that note. With that being said, “There’s lots of well-controlled science and research to show that adopting a predominantly plant-based diet probably has the biggest impact on health [compared to other diets] for all the chronic diseases,” says Rick Miller, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association. “Eating more plants and fiber and reducing our consumption of meat not only leads to weight loss but also to a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, hypothyroidism, high blood pressure and certain cancers, especially prostate, breast and bowel.” (cite) I’m interested in reading about your experience, so post in the comments below!
In the last month, I have had a few cravings, mainly for fish. I also wanted to try some of the meat-alternative products that I had browsed by in the grocery store. I tried soysage at a vegetarian restaurant, veggie bacon, and crabless cakes when I was experiencing some extreme cravings. While it tasted delicious, these items are highly processed, so I have been working on finding alternatives to these “alternative products.” Some members of my vegan peer group have suggested meditation, among other things to help with future cravings that may arise, so I will have to give this a bit more thought…
On another note, I have tried countless recipes that have completely changed my perspective on food. I have always been interested in experimenting in the kitchen, but with the new challenge of only using plant-based foods, I have discovered a new world! Some of the recipes that I have tried in the last couple of months are listed below:
- Lentil Soup
- BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich with sweet potato fries
- Lentil Loaf with mash potatoes and green beans
- Tomato, basil, mustard and avocado sandwich
- Pasta with homeade pesto
- Chick pea curry and brown rice
- Haitian Legume, white rice and black beans
- Lemon pepper cauliflower
- Vegan burritos
and a host of other dishes! I am looking forward to sharing these recipes with you all in the coming months.
With the impending holidays quickly approaching, I have begun researching some Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas food options. Right now, I am thinking Lentil loaf, pumpkin soup, mash potatoes, brussel sprouts, green beans and mushrooms and my special blueberry-ginger drink (recipes to come in the next few months). The most difficult part about this process though is convincing my family to eliminate meat from the Thanksgiving feast. Right now, I have negotiated them down to only one meat item at the table, but I still have time to keep working on this issue. We haven’t even discussed removing cheese, but I imagine that the “no macaroni conversation” will not go over to well with my younger siblings. The fact that I have cooked Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the last two years though provides me with a bit of leverage especially since I will probably be the chef again this year. 😉 In any event, I have submitted my proposal, so I will update you all about the final results in a couple of months 😉
What are you all planning to make for the holidays? How difficult was your first Vegan Thanksgiving?