I’d say over the past 3 years my diet has become about 95% vegan/vegetarian/plant based.
YES!! I know those 3 are NOT the same, but depending on the meal, reason, or season, I go from one or the other LOL.
Basically this is how I eat…
- I avoid meat,chicken, and fish as much as possible.. though if I know exactly where it came from or it’s Organic, I’ll eat it, but which is to say.. not very often.
- I eat AS MANY veggies I can. Once I stopped eating meat on a daily basis, my body started craving them more and more.
- Due to an intolerance, I stay away from Dairy/Lactose as much as I can.. though sometimes a good pizza slice must be had.
- I don’t call myself vegan because I don’t line up with some of the ‘beliefs’ that go along with it.
- I don’t go 100% plant based because, as far as I’ve researched so far, olive oil and some other stuff I do like isn’t allowed.
- And I can’t call myself a vegetarian because I can’t do the dairy.
So.. that pretty much sums my eating habits up.. confusing I know.
But enough of that.. On to the Challenge.
I’ve reviewed two of Lindsay’s book and LOVE them both! Packed with some awesome recipes, she has been one of my inspirations to keep experimenting with new veggies and recipes.
So, starting June 3rd, I will be joining other “Herbies” on a quest to eat whole food.
What does that mean.. well, according to Lindsay, it means this:
A good rule of thumb: does it look they way it did in nature? If not, is there more than one ingredient? More than five ingredients? Keep it simple.
Fresh foods are ideal but there’s nothing wrong with frozen veggies, canned beans, spices, corn tortillas. The goal is get processed foods out of our diet and eat more healthfully.
To clarify, I use the term “processed” to signify foods that have been made and prepared by companies or manufacturers to sit on a shelf. Faux meats and cheeses (i.e. Daiya and Boca burgers), TV dinners, that’s what I’m talking about. Cookies, chips and pretzels. You know, “foods” you probably wouldn’t find at a farmers’ market or in the produce section of the grocery store. 😉
Use your noggin — you know what’s healthy!
Thankfully, this isn’t a 180 turn for us when it comes to eating. There’s pretty much nothing processed in my house (hasn’t been since about 1997) so that step of the preparation will be easy.
But for now, I will be spending some time this weekend planning out some really great WHOLE FOOD meals.
Not sure what members of my family foursome with join in with me on this.. but either way.. I’m ready.
This challenge is going to be a lot of fun and will coincide with my re-entry into the running world that started today! (2.8 miles at a run/walk).
WOW! June is going to be VERY interesting.