Happy February, friends!
Today’s post revolves around a decision that has been months in the making for me–I’m officially starting my transition from vegetarian to vegan. This is my “official” start because we all know the Internet is forever–I figure if I declare it here, I’ll have to stick to it.
Just for a bit of background, I gave up meat on and off during high school (over 10 years ago #oldladystatus) but made my forever transition to vegetarianism in 2016. In the beginning, it was tough–I literally dreamed about frying chicken–but now I’ve gotten pretty comfortable with the lifestyle change. The cravings for meat have subsided, and vegetarian cooking has become second-nature. Honestly, some of the vegetarian dishes I make taste better than the meaty version! (At least to me, anyway.) Check out a few vegan meals I’ve made below, and if you want more #foodporn, follow me on Instagram:
Delicious vegan food I’ve made! (Clockwise from top left: Banana “Ice Cream” with Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar, Tofu Fingers with Roasted Potatoes, Tofu Scramble with Roasted Potatoes, and Portobello “Steak” Strips with Green Beans and Rice Pilaf)
Why haven’t I become vegan yet, then? Three big things: Greek yogurt, eggs, and cheese. Greek yogurt makes the list because it’s a good source of protein, which is something I need since I don’t get protein from meat. It’s also super convenient for breakfast and/or a snack, which works well with my work/gym/life schedule. Eggs make the list for the same reasons–protein and convenience. (Also, plenty of the baked goods I love contain eggs, and I can’t quite give up my sweet treats just yet.)
And then there’s cheese. Ahhhhh, cheese. I live in Wisconsin, y’all. The cheese up here is out of this WORLD, and it’s EVERYWHERE! Real talk, I had no idea how many different types of cheese there are–and how tasty they could be–until I moved to America’s Dairyland. I’m also a firm believer that it ain’t pizza unless it has cheese on it–and I love me some pizza. So cheese has stuck around for a while even though I got rid of butter and cow’s milk a long time ago.
So–how is this transition going to work? Starting today, I’m cutting cheese out of my diet. (Guess I’ll be eating a lot of “ain’t pizza”.) I know it’s going to be rough, but I really want to transition to a plant-based diet so I’m gonna do it! Here are a few of the reasons I made this decision:
If you’re interested in cutting meat out of your life, check out this article by the Harvard Medical Center–it’s got some good information about the different types of vegetarianism and potential health benefits (and risks). Also check out my Veggie Girl board on Pinterest for lots of vegetarian and vegan recipe ideas.
If you’re not interested in cutting meat out of your life, that’s cool with me. #nojudgementhere #yourlifeisyours But I hope you’ll wish me luck on my journey from veggie to vegan!