A year ago tonight, D & I sat down to watch “Food Inc”; I had no idea what I would think, but I certainly didn’t expect to tear up within 15 minutes.
There are plenty of scenes that are still vivid in my memory, but there was one in particular that did the trick. Imagine a drawer full of baby chicks, stuffed so full that they can barely move, someone opening and closing it.
No big deal, they’re just baby chicks, right?
I felt sick.
Hello, Veg-life, let’s be friends.
We had already been eating less meat/poultry*, so the total knock-out didn’t seem very different. It was only as the days, weeks and then months went by that I started to notice the changes. I felt better all the time; I ate healthier, because the options were mainly plants, grains & dairy; I experimented with foods I had never tried, and foods I hadn’t enjoyed in way too long.
I also became obsessed with pizza, but that’s another post for another day.
Becaue I think they deserve their spotlight moment, here’s a short list of foods I’ve completely embraced over the past year (our previous relationships were rocky): Avocado, Tomatoes, Squash, Oil-based dressings, fresh Herbs, CHEESE (even trying new types of cheese!) Nuts and Black Beans.
I’ve tried, created and tested more recipes in the past 365 days than I had in the previous 5+ years. I’ve learned how to really read and find the gems on a restaurant menu, and how to be even more picky when I order (only when necessary!).
I still have a whole list of things that haven’t made it on my plate yet; hopefully next year that list above will be even longer!
*I do still eat fish about once or twice a month, so technically it’s “pescetarian”. But I’m not one to be a stickler about labels, and don’t like fish enough for that one.
The golden question – do you eat enough protein?
There are ton of vegetarian, or vegan, athletes. Elites in almost every sport are speaking up and lending a voice to the debate. Yes, protein helps build and repair muscle tissue, which is even more important when you constantly work those muscles. But I can assure you, animals don’t need to be part of that equation.
On my end, these happened on a veg-friendly diet over the past 365 Days:
Two Marathons, Three Half-Marathons, a Lot of shorter Races (5 & 10Ks), Cross Fit Survival, New Yoga Poses/Classes/Challenges, and strength-defining Warrior Workouts. And I’m still here, getting stronger…
My muscles haven’t complained so far.
Here’s to another 365 days of new foods, new recipes, and a lot of new tests to my strength and endurance!
This post is just a reflection of my own experiences, opinion and choices. As a Dietitian, athlete,and friend, my mind is open to all types of diets, and I would never “judge” either way.