Let’s talk food!
Hello! I want to share with you a little more about my diet, I rarely like labels. It seems like everyone is identifying with a particular style of eating; vegan, pescatarian, vegetarian, and the list goes on.
I started an alternative way of eating, not to shed pounds or because of any moral based views on animal treatment, but because my body was telling me this is how I needed to eat. This may be hard to grasp for some, but I believe if you become in tuned with your body and mind, and remain open, you will naturally fall into a way of eating that works for your body and doesn’t feel restrictive.
Not totally vegan
For me, this new diet comprised mostly plant-based foods, with a mix of eggs, goat cheese and honey. I omit processed foods and refined sugars. They really aren’t good for your body and I enjoy feeling good more than the taste of a bag of chips these days.
For many hard-core vegans, the way I eat would be a problem, because I incorporate animal products. Perhaps they wouldn’t have a problem with it, but would if I identified as vegan. I am not knocking vegans; to each its own. “You do you boo!” I think it matters where your products come from. If I am eating eggs, I would like to know they are coming from a smaller farm and not a big factory. My dream house includes chickens, goats and bees, all of which we will reap the rewards and by the same token give our love to our animals that provide. Just as Jake lovingly cares for all the veggies he grows for us.
Listen and trust your instincts.
Eating healthy, whatever your diet is a choice and a personal one at that. I want to share my diet because I want people to know two things; you can eat any way you want to eat, there need be no label, although I like vegan(ish), and you can be healthy without being restrictive. I think it is perfectly healthy to eat meat in moderation. I just don’t feel the urge or desire to. Again it comes down to a choice.
I never thought I would talk about diet in this way. I have never been good about food, never had a healthy relationship with food, and any diet always felt tedious and more of a punishment than anything else. I suppose as you remove distractions from your life and really take time to get to know your body; you fall into eating habits good for your body and overall wellbeing. It is true; what you eat affects your moods. You think eating junk makes you feel good, perhaps in the moment, but not long term. When the energy in your body is directed to processing all that junk you just pumped into it, it takes away from energy directed towards positive feelings, emotions and overall peacefulness. Call me crazy, but eating like this has raised my vibration about a million percent, enough where I don’t miss eating the foods I now omit.
A Vegan(ish) Meal
Here is an example of an easy vegan(ish) meal. It only takes about 20-25 minutes. If you prefer to make it vegan, you can omit the feta cheese.
Chickpea Lettuce Wraps
- Chopped Onions
- Shredded Carrots
- Portobello Mushrooms (You can use any kind you like. I love all mushrooms, but they were what I had on hand.)
- Leafy Lettuce
- Crumbled Feta (optional)
- Pepper Sauce (optional)
- Saute the chickpeas with some olive oil, onions, shredded carrots and seasoning of choice. I was feeling spicy, so I used some garlic, paprika, salt and crushed red peppers. I added in some left over veggie broth I made this time to give it extra flavor. Otherwise I would add a little water for some liquid to cook down. Cook on high for about 5 minutes, be careful not to cook too quickly and evaporate all the liquid too fast.
- Lower the heat, about medium high. Add in the broccoli, depending on how cooked you like your broccoli you could add it with the chickpeas. I like mine slightly al dente. Cook for about 7-10 minutes.
- Next, add your mushrooms. I like to add these last so they don’t cook down to be too small. I like my mushrooms plump and juicy! Cook for just a few minutes.
- Now to plate it! Lay the lettuce down on the plate and scoop a serving spoon full into each leaf you have on your plate. Sprinkle with the feta and put whatever sauce you like. I love sriracha sauce and add it to most things. Note: my lettuce was not sturdy enough to hold the contents like a wrap, so I just ate with a fork. Either way, it is delicious!
Eat and enjoy!
More to Come
I am so excited to share this part of my journey with you! This is life changing and I want to take you all along for the ride. I am planning big things for this blog and want to share some dishes I am cooking, like I did above, I am not a chef nor a skilled food photog, but I plan on honing my cooking and food photography skills. Most of all, I want to share how easy it is to eat this way because it has changed my life and changed my relationship with food.
I hope you enjoyed this post! I feel very passionate about this and sharing my journey and would love to hear your thoughts too.
Until next time!