Hey all! How’s your Tuesday going? Mine’s juuuust about over. It went by SO fast!
Can you guess what I had for breakfast today?
Heck yeah I had overnight oats!
The only difference this time was I used Soy milk since I had run out of almond milk (almond milk makes them a lot better, though, imo) and I subbed nut butter for cinnamon.
The work day wasn’t too exciting (which can be an indicator of a good day ;)) but I did manage to sneak out of the office on lunch and get my oil changed in my car. I was about 2 months and 1,000 miles overdue. Bad, Paige, bad!
I stopped at one of the 134 Starbucks in town and picked up my fave – a Grande half-pump vanilla soy latte…in my eco cup. And guess what! My green intentions actually worked this time.
No paper cup wasted. Job well done, eco cup :-p
After work I came straight home to finish up the work on the project I’ve been working on for about a week now. I really can’t wait to tell you guys…it’s been killing me. But apparently I can be superstitious. Sorry for being secretive, but I’m just SO nervous…
Anyway, after that, I got started on dinner. Made the hubski some tacos and for me, I decided to continue on with the Ezekiel pizza theme of the week.
Tonight’s special? HUMMUS PIZZA!!!!
Roasted red bell pepper and zucchini seasoned with pepper and coriander a top of red pepper Sabra’s hummus. Such little prep, and only took about 15 minutes. This pizza was inspired from one in Dreena Burton’s Vive le Vegan.
Go ahead and drool. It’s ok 😉 The sweetness of the red pepper combined amazingly with the savoriness (savoriness?) hummus.
Three Month Veg Checkpoint
So it’s been a little over three months since I first declared my transition to vegetarianism, and I thought I’d write a checkpoint on how things are going so far.
I’ve dabbled in vegetarianism twice before. The first time, I quit because I noticed my hair was falling out. The second time, a more serious problem happened that coincided with it, and I ended up having to get a procedure done (not sure if my diet was a cause, but at the time, I correlated the two.)
Either way, both times, I did it for the wrong reasons, I did it irresponsibly, and I was uneducated.
Irresponsible because I didn’t prepare myself. Just cut myself off to all meat all at once. And I really didn’t eat that many vegetables to make up for it.
Uneducated because I didn’t research a healthy vegetarian diet at all – or plant-based protein sources. I knew about tofu, and that was about it.
It was for the wrong reasons, because I kind of just did it to do it. I’d heard vegetarians lived longer, and I just decided I’d try and be one too.
October of 2009, the urge to become a vegetarian crept up on me again.
Except this time, it was a passionate, committed, and necessary choice for me. It was a 100% ethical choice. I’d had it with being so hypocritical, being SUCH an animal lover, then turning around and eating them. I know this is fine for some people, and I respect that, but for me, it wasn’t. After reading a decent amount of literature and watching several videos, I knew this time vegetarianism wouldn’t just be a third stint.
This time I was responsible. I told myself that labels aren’t important, and I could ease into becoming a vegetarian. Strict guidelines weren’t a part of it. I ate fish up until the 1st of this year, and I’m still not 100% ruling it out if I really, really want to eat fish (though I haven’t had the desire so far.)
I also educated myself on the different vitamins and minerals, sources of proteins, and nutrients that plants have, as well as on the abundance of all the wonderful and delicious nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains available.
So now just three months later, I’m positive that I’ll be a vegetarian (perhaps even vegan some day – who knows!) the rest of my life. And even though my choice was due to moral reasons, the health benefits have shown through so vibrantly! My skin is is much, much more clear, my nails are so much stronger, I don’t feel congested at all, and my energy is through the roof. It’s also SO much easier to eat a rainbow of colors from vibrant fruits and vegetables.
I also haven’t yet experienced the boredom that some vegetarians do with their diet. Actually, becoming a vegetarian has opened me up to countless new food groups, herbs, nutrients, etc.
The only downside is the inconvenience within my household. My husband is a full out meat-eater (which is his prerogative – all I can do is try to make sure most of that meat is organic and ethically raised) so it makes dinners a little difficult. If you’re a regular reader, you know I do a lot of “his” and “hers” meals. This takes a good chunk of time out of the night, and is pretty inconvenient. Luckily, as I’ve been getting busier, the husband has been making his own dinners. Other hard parts involve attending dinner parties, dealing with anti-vegetarian people, and choosing a restaurant. None of which is too troublesome, though.
To wrap up–since I’ve rambled on a little longer than I intended to–even though it’s only been three months, I feel the best I’ve felt (physically) in my whole life, and am 100% sure that I’ve made the right decision. I’ve also learned that it’s a big, life-changing decision that you have to be completely ready to make. It’s OK to ease into it, but it’s still a big decision.
Well I hope you all had a wonderful Tuesday and have an even better Hump Day!
Are you stickler or are you naughty (like me) when it comes to getting the oil changed in your car? I try not to let it go over 1,000 miles…I know that’s so bad! I really need to get better at that!
What has been your biggest change regarding fitness/health/overall well being?
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