I’ve never been into diets. I just can’t do it. Admittedly I lack the discipline, but I also just don’t really believe in them. I think it takes a long time to develop healthy habits. I also believe that food is our friend, not our foe. David, my healthy food guru, always says, “Your focus should not be on subtracting from your diet, but rather adding to it.” So every year I try to make a healthy “addition” to my diet. One year it was switching all of my whole wheat breads to sprouted breads, another year it was changing out all of my cooking oils for high-heat tolerant oils, last year we started juicing, and in December we decided to become weekday vegetarians.
I wish I could say that we are doing this for some ethical reason but that’s not really the case. I’ve contemplated becoming a vegetarian for years, but the problem is, I LOVE food! I know that there are plenty of vegetarians out there who love food as well, but I just couldn’t justify depriving myself of trying something new because it had meat in it. There was also that gnawing question that I know you carnivores are thinking, “Can I really go the rest of my life without having another burger?” So my first thought was to have 75% of my meals be meatless and then I thought, “I know! I’ll be a weekday vegetarian!”
It wasn’t until after the fact that I learned the concept of being a weekday vegetarian is actually a real thing. There’s even a Ted Talks about it! It taught me that our decision to cut out meat for the majority of our diet is also good for our carbon footprint. So that felt good.
Honestly it has been the easiest thing for David and me. The hardest part is not that I really want meat, it’s that we have to think a little bit more about what we’re going to cook, and actually plan our meals. But this is also the fun part. For a while our meals had kind of gotten into a routine so we weren’t cooking as much together (honestly David usually does most of the cooking, I’m pretty spoiled that way). Now we are back in the kitchen together, which I love.
I do have a couple of concerns about this whole change. 1) My goal is to eat more veggies. What I don’t want to do is make a habit of loading up on carbs; and let me tell you it is really tempting. There are some great vegetarian pasta dishes that I’m dying to try (and I will) but I want to avoid eating carbs just because it’s easy, and stick to the goal of increasing my veggie intake. 2) My personal diet challenges are not that I eat badly but that I tend to over eat. So I’m hoping I don’t feel hungry all of the time. So far so good. 3) I’m not really big into meat substitutions, like all of these soy products that are out there. I really want to try to stick to a plant-based diet in it’s original state.
Do you have any thoughts or recipes to share? Below are a few veggie dishes that I am dying to try.
Lime Cilantro Portobello Tacos
Look at these pretty tacos that Sara from A House in the Hills made.