Can I become a Vegan and or Vegetarian?
Have you ever watched the documentary ” What the Health” and or “Rotten” on Netflix. Well….one particularly snowy day this winter H & I decided to watch some documentaries a good friendrecommendedd. Now first thing you need to know is we had begun leading a more healthy lifestyle a few years ago after I had M. But we love our meat & dairy products! I mean M asks for plates of bacon on a regular basis.
Needless to say these documentaries were pretty eye-opening. They brought into question a lot of what we were putting into our bodies and the effect it has on our body. In the last year we have been battling eczema with B and both H & I have noticed issues with our skin (acne & eczema). We have also noticed swelling in our joints and other issues. I hadn’t considered it to be a result of our diet as we were eating healthy most of the time (practicing the 80/20 rule). We had even switched to using essential oils and eliminating as many chemicals as possible.
After watching these documentaries I started looking at our food a little differently and researching what being a vegan and or vegetarian entailed and whether it could have an impact on some of the issues we were encountering.
In most of my cooking and family meals, I would use animal proteins and dairy at a minimal. I would make meals that consisted of grilled chicken and veggies. At least once a week we would have red meat and a meatless meal one night a week. Dairy was huge in our diet…lots of cheeses (deli, feta, goat etc.) and yogurt. Looking at the overall picture…I was pretty intimidated to try it out.
I committed to doing the following to see how close we could become vegetarians and or vegan. There is a difference between Vegan and Vegetarian.
Vegan – Eliminates all animal products from your diet (cheese, butter, eggs, yogurt etc.)
Vegetarian – Eliminates all meat, chicken, fish and for some eggs from you diet.
Knowing what these entailed we decided to strive to be as close to vegan as possible. Here is what we discovered along the way….
1. It is best to start slow and you may feel tired the first few weeks.
2. If you begin to feel tired you might need to add some supplements into you diet vitamins, smoothies etc.
Note : We were already drinking shakeology and using the vegan version. I had to make sure I was getting it in daily. Also since we were doing this as a family I added the children’s version Daily Sunshine.
3. I researched a ton of meals on pintereset check out my board (Becoming Vegan).
4. We added a lot of beans and nuts to our diet to compensate for the missed proteins.
5. The insta pot has become my best friend. It’s great for cooking beans, lentils, and rice.
Note : I found some really great recipes on pinterest (InstaPot Board)
6. We implemented more zoodles (zucchini and spaghetti squash) instead of pasta.
7. We didn’t end up missing cheese as much as I thought.
8. We still ended up eating eggs every morning.
9. Our digestive tracts worked so much better in all of us.
10. After about 30 days it became easier to stick pretty close to this lifestyle.
Overall, we love the benefits this way of eating has helped us…sadly to say we didn’t become full vegans, but we are pretty close to vegetarians. Have I had a hamburger in the last 4 months YES! However the majority of the time I avoid all meat & chicken. This has become a permanent lifestyle change for our family.
If you have any great meals you would like to share comment & or drop my an email.
Til Our Next Adventure,