…but I feel so much better!!! Ok, I am not going to claim that I am a vegetarian.
Let me explain – Since getting back from our honeymoon last month, I have been committed to eating a vegetarian diet. In the past, I would have periods where I eat vegetarian for a couple weeks and up to a few months (depending on how I am feeling & the situation).
The reason why I decide to do this is:
1) Health reasons: Eating meat carries a lot of bad fats that effect my weight, body composition, & overall mood.
2) Cleansing the body: When I go on these vegetarian kicks, I have more energy after a few days and less lethargic from food comas that is usually brought on by the meats.
3) Creative Recipes: I am a foodie and like to cook. Being Vietnamese, eating Pho is in my DNA. So when I have a vegetarian phase, I like to cook different recipes. One of those recipes is my Vegeterian Pho that is pretty close to the meat version.
Which brings me to my next point – eating out at restaurants. Luckily, living in the SF Bay area, most places I eat at are very accommodating with every type of diet restriction…gluten-free, allergies, vegan, local, organic, & more. It is pretty nice to have restaurants be so understanding because it does put more strain on the kitchen to get it right.
When eating in a group, I often get questioned why I am not eating meat as if something was wrong with me. I used to get irked by the questioning, but I found a way to either brush it off or start a *nice* dialogue about it. Assuming good intent, most of the people are just seeking to understand why.
Full disclosure – I am probably going to go back to the carnivore diet this weekend when the holidays start…I had a good 3-4 week run of vegetarianism, but I will likely return to the diet starting in the New Years!
If you are considering going vegetarian, I suggest taking small steps. Try just one meal at a time, and remember eating vegetarian is not just eating salads! There is a world of options when it comes to a plant-based diet. My favorites are Greek, Indian, & Thai cuisines, as there is a good amount to choose from. So good eating & Happy Holidays!
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