One year to the day, 2011-2012
One of the reasons I am successful with health when I give up meat is that it entails so much more than just meat. I don't know why I'm able to flip the switch and be successful once meat is off the plate, but it works for me for some reason so rather than question it, I just go with it. (at least for now)
If my family wants hamburgers and fries, do I just get a salad - depends? If we are at a fast food restaurant I may just order a salad or I might (especially when traveling) see if a Starbucks is near by and get myself a Bistro pack to enjoy while they eat. So. because I don't want the meat, I've by passed the bun, all the mayo, ketchup, french fries, possibly soda (not usually ,but sometimes) for a pack with a boiled egg, carrot sticks, humus, some apple slices, maybe a slice of cheese, a few almonds and a large iced unsweet green tea (have you tried Starbucks, it's minty and soo good). You see the difference of taking meat off my plate. Big change for that one meal.
So my day goes like this:
Ezekiel toast and an egg, small bowl of berries
Ezekiel toast with almond butter, small bowl of berries
steel cut oats cooked overnight in the crockpot topped with berries
Sprouts, black beans, and avocado salad.
Bubbies Sauerkraut salad and a Ezekiel bread sandwich of humus and cucumbers
Snack if needed - almonds, apple slices, plum, orange, carrot sticks, humus, boiled egg
Vegetarian Minestrone Soup
French Country Salad with Saute'd mushrooms
Fish with steamed veggies
I'm just better able to be disciplined about it when meat is off my plate. Meat opens so many doors to delicious meals that include food items I'd be better off without. My hope is to get to a place where I let go of some of those ideas and rework how meat is in my diet, possibly Paleo but then again if I like this and I feel better I can see just sticking with it and randomly enjoying meat on a very limited basis. Who knows, I'll figure it out though. I do not have an ethical problem with eating meat (maybe with how the meat industry gets it to market) but I do know how my body thrives and I'm just taking this one day at a time to figure out what the best balance is for me. It feels good to get back to a healthier lifestyle after such a long recovery where I just let some things go. It never pays in the end to indulge too much for too long, but that veggie juice and those berries, lots of plant based foods - that pays off big time, in a beautiful way!
*This would be just an example of my meals. They are varied and lots of fun not boring at all, and always full of color!