it’s no secret that i’ve been struggling a lot with food + taking care of myself recently.
last week, i decided to put in “forks over knives.” i love a good documentary. and i liked “fat, sick, and nearly dead.” it made me think about my diet, and that maybe i could try yet again to get back to eating well.
i’m a vegetarian, though don’t really use the label. and i do not eat vegetarian when i spring for boneless buffalo wings (which has happened three times) or delicious crocks of french onion soup (which is happening a lot more frequently).
it led me to some clicking around the internet.
i’m thinking of experimenting with a vegan diet for a couple of days. sounds small, but i’ve never eaten this way. i actually did well yesterday! thinking about it, the only non-vegan things that crept in were homemade honey mustard for my sweet potato fries, and nutella for my homemade banana almond meal cake. regular snacking and mindless eating, which is usually nothing but dairy, was primarily replaced with fruit.
today, i might try for day 2.
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this article talks about defining yourself as vegan vs. plant-based. i love that it says the term “vegan” is defined by what you don’t eat, while “plant-based” is inclusive, and defines what your diet consists of. i don’t plan to go vegan, because i don’t want to give up greek yogurt or cheese or ice cream. but the concept is the same. // well + good nyc: are you vegan or are you plant-based?
love zen habit’s personal write-up of benefits of switching to a plant-based diet and how to change, with specific examples of his own diet. // zen habits: a guide to eating a plant-based diet
this site is sort of a big sell toward signing up and paying money, but this post is a big compilation of movies + books to learn more about eating a “plant-powerful diet.” // yum universe: the big crash course
vegan.com has a (probably self-published) book called the ultimate vegan guide, which is also available online. it isn’t breakthrough information, and he’s a little uppity, but a few of the chapters were helpful. // chapters on celebrating your progress, vegan convenience foods, a chapter on friends + family that i might love if i stick with this, and one on staying motivated.
and this adorable blog, kitchen treaty, is written by a woman who compromises in the kitchen with her carnivore husband. this one gives me hope. ;) she says “compromise + creativity = peace.”