Everyone has their own special diet that meets their individual needs. To me, I feel the best when I'm eating lots of vegetables, fruits and natural foods. I never really liked meat unless it was easy to chew (fish) and when I didn't think about where it came from.
Since being overseas, I have learned that it's ok not to eat meat and animal products as long as you're finding protein in other foods, such as beans, whole grains (especially quinoa= the only grain that is a complete protein), yogurt, soy milk, tofu, etc., and as long as you understand nutrition and how to obtain all the necessary nutrients that your body needs in order to be healthy and balanced. I've also learned that even some vegetables (broccoli) have good amounts of protein.
For about a year now, I have even gone to the extreme of taking out animal products whenever I possibly can. Not only is it supporting animal rights and the ecosystem, but it's the best way possible to eat natural and get all the nutrients you need. Think about it- the highest foods in trans and saturated fat, as well as cholesterol come from animals >red meat, cheese, animal oils, butter. Also, how do you know how healthy and clean the animal that you're eating was before it was cooked and sold to you?
In addition to taking out animal products and processed foods, you must not forget about all the chemical preservatives, artificial flavoring, colors and dyes that are in packaged foods at the grocery store. If you can, buy organic and natural foods at a market and COOK AT HOME!
For these reasons and more, I have really enjoyed cooking vegan or vegetarian meals for my husband and I for the past year and researching new recipes and nutrition tips. Be amazed at the collection we'll have on this website soon. Please share as well!
If you are new to the vegetarian/vegan or 'health nut' world, you'll be surprised at how simple it can be to exchange unhealthy foods to more natural options with the same great taste. The only difference is that it will leave you feeling SO much better and light after you eat your meal.
What's your story? Are you a vegetarian, vegan, a proud chef at home, or a health nut? If you're a vegetarian or vegan, why and how did you become one?