4.01.2013

Very Nearly Vegan: A New Series

































For a while now I've been trying to transition my diet from vegetarian to vegan. I don't know if it will ever happen completely. I go a month vegan here and there, raw for a few days and I always come back to my cheese. Cheese is definitely the hardest thing for me to give up. I haven't had dairy milk for years, I don't eat dairy yogurt and rarely eat eggs. Thus I'm "mostly" vegan. Though, I do have the occasional cheese enchilada and I'm a pretty big fan of nachos. So you can see why I'm trying to go the whole way and become completely vegan. Those quesadillas aren't doing me any favors.

I usually don't talk with people about food because it's such a controversial topic. Which I think is hilarious. "Food" should not be a controversial topic. Health should not be controversial. It should be everything. When I was in high school I met a teacher that changed my mind about a lot of things. One of those things was the way I looked at health. She is a cancer survivor now and she used to talk about how when we look at anything in our lives we should first look at our health. It is literally linked to everything-our relationships, our mood, our successes, our failures. It's such a simple thing to think about but to a 15 year-old me it was pretty profound. What I eat still isn't always great but it is always on my mind and I'm always trying to change it for the better.

In my journey to change the way I look at food I've become pretty obsessed with food documentaries and books. A few of my favorite documentaries are above. All are available on Netflix Instant. Of course some of them have an agenda, all documentaries have an agenda. Have you seen any of them? What do you think? I love them.

I've been trying to decide where I want this blog to go lately. It will always be a lifestyle blog about me and my man but I've been thinking about new themes or if I want it to have themes at all. If you aren't interested in "Food Talk" you don't have to worry. I'm not changing this blog into a vegan-soap-box. However, I am going to compile all of these types of post into a SERIES on the side column if you are interested in following along. Are you a vegan, if not would you ever consider going vegan? I'd love to know.

10 comments:

  1. I've been thinking about this A LOT lately. Mostly about really watching what I put in my body. Eating healthier and trying to make better food choices. A few of those movies are on my "to watch" list for sure! PS: Cheese will be the death of me. I don't know if I'll ever be able to give it up! They need an awesome cheese alternative. ASAP.

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    1. I haven't found a decent cheese alternative either. But I haven't really tried. We can be far-away food buddies trying to avoid cheese! Haha.

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  2. I've been leaning vegan for a while too, but it is the eggs I can't give up. Cashew cheese is pretty awesome. Those documentaries definitely help sway me.

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    1. Good to know! I've been wanting to try and make cashew cheese for a while. Now I'm definitely going to.

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  3. I've watched three of the documentaries that you listed! However, I am not a vegetarian/vegan. The videos did inspire me to think more about what I am putting into my body, and I like what one person in one documentary said, "I'm living to eat instead of eating to live." It has stuck with me and made me mindful if I'm just eating b/c I like it or eating it b/c I'm hungry.

    I would like it if you maybe shared a few vegetarian meals/lunch ideas/recipes, like the cheese enchiladas. I have a lot of boys in this house who are huge meat eaters, but I still like to incorporate at least one or two meals that are meatless each week.

    So basically, to answer your question, I would like to see a series on the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. Maybe a nice introduction to it or something... :)
    Thanks for sharing! It was a great post!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! I love that quote. I'm going to remember that one.

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  4. hi baby. I am not either. however (i think I have said this before)..this is YOUR blog. you can write what you want to on here.lol But, yeah..if you wanted to do a series, that would be cool on the side.
    I will have to check out those documentaries. I have nothing but time on my hands right now and Netflix at my fingertips. ;)
    I hope you had a wonderful Easter. i miss your face!
    B

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    1. Thanks for the nice words lady! Miss you too as always. :) xoxo

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  5. Hi, this is a great post! As a student with limited time and money I can sometimes forget about getting healthy food and generally taking care of myself, but it's SO important to do that. I've been thinking lately that I want to make a change and be more aware for my health, and this post has given me the inspiration I needed!

    I was vegan for about a month or two when I was much younger. It is really hard but I'm sure that you'll get there eventually!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I totally agree, it's hard to be healthy all the time when you're on a budget. I'm going to do a post that addresses that. I thinks its a great topic and something I definitely need to think about more. :)

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