So, I recently became *gasp* vegetarian again.
I was strictly vegan for about 8 months when I first moved to Los Angeles…then Thanksgiving came around. I couldn’t bear the thought of eating Tofurky and vegan mac and cheese, so I slipped. And then it was just a downhill spiral from there. I got depressed, and ate my life away, gaining around 40 lbs in the course of a few months. And now, I’ve been trying to get back on track and lose the ‘depression weight’. I’ve been progressively eating healthier, first cutting out fast food, refined sugars and flours, sodas, coffee, etc. I watched documentaries on how much the Standard American Diet is affecting our lives, our health, and well being. So I made an executive decision to stop eating meat, again.
So now, I’m on a plant based, whole foods eating plan. No meat, and hardly any dairy or eggs. I guess you could say I’m vegan, but occasionally I’ll indulge in cheese or use eggs when making a recipe. I haven’t felt better! Now I’m not here to preach being vegetarian, because to be honest, I don’t really care what other people eat…unless it’s glass or couch cushion, then I’m judging you. If you eat meat, great! If you don’t, great! I love everyone. Do whatever makes you happy. But I know what has made me exponentially more happy, and that’s eating my wonderful plant friends. I have way more energy, my workouts are easier, my head feels clear, I’ve lost weight, and despite what people say, being vegetarian has saved me a LOT of money. I can’t cook meat for shit, but give me some squash, mushrooms, bell peppers, kale, spinach all damn day long and I can cook it. So on top of doing what I feel is best for my body, I’ve become a boss in the kitchen. Something about vegetarian cooking comes very natural to me. But here’s the kicker. What the hell do I do when I travel to Argentina, steak fucking capital of the world?
The thing is, I still like meat. I just don’t eat it for health reasons. It just makes me feel sluggish, tired, sad, weighed down. I’m not one of those people that’s completely repulsed by it, so that’s why I think being vegetarian will be something very hard for me to keep up on the road. Only because I’ll want to try everything! One of the most awesome things to do when traveling is to eat. Le sigh.
If you are vegetarian and you are traveling, give me your tips! Tell me where the plants are. And more importantly, tell me how to say “I don’t eat meat” in Spanish!
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