For a while now I’ve been thinking of becoming vegan or vegetarian. Not because I want to lose weight but because I often suffer from stomachaches, bloating and indigestion. But every time I told my family I wanted to become a vegetarian they would laugh and list all of the things I would have to give up and I’d quickly change my mind. Also, I’m a total failure when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle. For a year I’ve been paying for a gym subscription and I went only 7 days and spent the other 358 making excuses. Anyway, this time I decided that I was going to do it!
First, I needed to pick between vegan and vegetarian. I picked vegetarian since it’s not as strict and I believe veganism is reserved for those who are really compassionate and have an honest commitment to saving animals. I grew up a meat eater so I don’t think I have that in me. As I didn’t have any support from the meat eaters around me, I decided to find a book that would help convincing me. So as of lately, I’ve been reading “Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven” (FYI I’m NOT pregnant). I chose it because it focuses in eating right, not losing weight. I must say that this book has being incredibly informational, especially since I never paid attention to the harms of GMOs, pesticides, processed foods or sugar. When I read the reviews in Amazon, a lot of people were angry that the writers tried to push the vegan diet down their throats and that the language was horrible and disrespectful. Upon reading I agree, the writers do try to push a vegan lifestyle but in regards to the language, the book is called “Skinny Bitch”, what did you expect?
In my case the book served its purpose as it made me realize that “we are what we eat” and if I’m eating trash, that’s how I’m going to feel. So overall, I do recommend this book because it gives you the little push you need to start paying attention to what you put in your mouth but don’t take it like it’s the Bible. They’ll try to convince you of going vegan but in the end, you have to do what works for you, not for angry reviewers or skinny bitches.
So this is what I’ve done and you can make a few of these changes if you want to eat healthier:
– I’m a cheating vegetarian (I mostly follow a vegetarian diet but eat chicken or beef every once in a while).
– I’ve convinced Faid of cutting up his dairy consumption (I was never a big fan) because of its relation to cancer. We changed cow’s milk for almond milk, which is awesome since I can’t stand cow’s milk.
– I have a green smoothie every morning. (Great way to get your veggies and gives you tons of energy).
– I’m switching white rice for brown, white bread for whole grain and so on. Also, legumes and lots of veggies and fruits every day.
– No sodas or sugary drinks.
– Most importantly, I make sure everything I eat counts. If I feel like having a snack or if I want something sweet I eat trail mix or an apple.
I must add that it’s not easy being green when everyone around me is tempting me but when I need a little reminder, I read the section about slaughterhouses and I feel like I could never EVER eat meat or poultry again.