http://www.mommybehealthy.com/mommy-be-healthy/organic-non-organic-gmo-non-gmo-decisions-decisions-decisionsHey hey hey! I've been under the weather off and on for the past few weeks and haven't had much energy to put into a blog post until now :) Guess who's down 25 lbs?!?! That would be me! I'm super excited and pumped about this. While I lose weight much, much , MUCH slower now than I did pre-kiddos, I'm still doing it! It's been a struggle because some days I just want to throw in the towel and eat something bad, but I don't. It's been over 4 months since I've given up breads, pastas, potatoes, rice etc, and I feel amazing. My body doesn't ache like it used to, my brain is less foggy, and my skin has cleared up. The last one is the most noticeable change, as my adult acne has basically gone completely. *happy dance*
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner?!?! I had hoped to be down 40 lbs at this point, but I will take whatever I can get. One thing that I've realized that I'm constantly needing now is protein to keep me satiated. I'm usually opting for quick items for snacking, like Greek yogurt, string cheese, and various lunch meats. Eating more protein than ever made me think of the time I was a Vegetarian. Once upon a time, I gave up eating meat (still ate eggs, drank milk, etc) for nearly 9 years. All throughout High School and College, I was a vegetarian. Surprisingly, being a vegetarian 20 years ago wasn't that difficult. The one thing I missed the most was turkey at Thanksgiving. We found alternatives to most everything. There were soy hot dogs, soy turkey, soy crispy chicken patties, soy "ribs", soy lunch meats, soy, soy, and more soy! Regardless of what I ate at the time, it never filled me up, as much as my most favorite food of all....CARBS!!!! A huge bowl of pasta with Alfredo sauce, garlic bread, and some soda to wash it down. Now that's vegetarian....right? I found that I basically replaced the meat I was eating with carbs, in order to get full. Beans, potatoes, bread, pasta, you name it, it was on the menu. I thought that my cholesterol levels and overall health would have improved with leading a no meat lifestyle, but it was far from that. Granted I was much younger back then, and weighed less, my cholesterol levels were through the roof. The entire time my family was vegetarian, all of our cholesterol levels were astronomical. We now know that your body creates the bad cholesterol, not just from having meat in your diet, but rather, those crappy carbs.
Fast forward 13 years since giving up my vegetarian lifestyle, and now I eat much more seafood, lean meats, but I still don't eat beef. I actually haven't eaten beef in 20 years. Off and on over the years I've contemplated becoming a vegetarian again. I've watched various documentaries about food, (Food, Inc., Forks Over Knives, Food Matters, Vegucated, etc) and I have friends who have since become vegetarian after watching such documentaries, I have not. While there are days I do eat only vegetarian foods, I've chosen to try to modify my diet by eating things that are less processed. The vegetarian processed foods are just as bad, if not worse, than eating meat (in my opinion) I'm much more educated on the whole topic of nutrition than I was 20 years ago, so I choose now to have a diet rich in whole foods. Whenever possible, I choose organic fruits and vegetables that are considered higher in pesticides (you can see the blog I posted about this....here: www.mommybehealthy.com ) I also choose organic/humanely raised meats whenever possible.
With Thanksgiving a week away, I've been brushing up on some recipes and ready to get cooking. I'm committed to remaining free of the bad carbs and will not be eating any rice, or potatoes this holiday. This should be interesting since this will be the first Thanksgiving without my absolute favorite....stuffing. I shall post a blog all about this next time. So....share with me your thoughts on vegetarianism. Have you, would you, could you ever consider giving up bacon? I'd love to hear from others who are vegetarian or considering becoming one. Share with me!