From Frugal Day 21 – Go vegetarian: I’m taking my own advice! Only this time I’m being serious about it. I have a goal in mind and feel like nothing will get in my way… then again I’m not staring down a bowl of ice cream or anything else yummy and off limits at the moment!
You could say in the past few months I’ve flirted with gluten-free baking and plant-based recipes, but now the challenge becomes one of how to make it stick? My plan is to go switch cold-turkey to a plant-based, fish eating lifestyle. Note that I’m not calling it vegan or a diet. This is because, for me, it’s not an animal issue, it’s a personal health and well being change, not a diet. I know when and what puts me at my healthiest, it’s just a challenge to get there. Especially challenging are the first few weeks of it, so here it goes!!
- Refrigerator and pantry cleaned out (or separate into food categories if you live with carnivores)
- Meat and dairy products donated to friends
- Useful dairy products kept for puppy treats (i.e. frozen yogurt tubs for hot summer days)
- Remove all chocolate/sweets from the house (or bury deep in the freezer)
- Invest in some fast relatively healthy snack food (i.e. nuts, instant oatmeal, dried fruit) for when you want to go backwards on your commitment
- Overload on grains and colourful veggies in your shopping
- Plan work lunches with thought (consider protein sources or you’ll go hungry and backtrack)
- Think less about what your meals look like: Who says you can’t eat rice for breakfast? Or put kiwi in green salad?
- For baking, learn to make eggs with cornstarch or flax seeds, and consider tofu in place of dairy
- Go online or to the library for vegetarian, meat-less or vegan recipe books
Now for weird food creations like pasta sauce on wild-rice topped with peas and other veg on the side, or eggless buckwheat pancakes with guava and blueberry toppings. I could get used to some of these!
If you need added inspiration to become healthy, I like to watch Oprah’s Vegan Challenge at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCw-GMyhJEo. Aside from the slaughter house moment, it’s simply a good reminder of recipes, protein sources, the challenge of getting out of old eating habits and what inhibits us from doing so. It doesn’t hurt that several people lose a decent amount of weight to inspire new change!
With this, going forward, I’ll only share the yummiest of recipes I come across, not the weird ones that I make up and won’t remember. You can anticipate some new recipe posts in the coming weeks!