Wednesday, July 14
For a while now, I've considered making the leap to full-time vegetarian. It wouldn't be the first time I've been a vegetarian. Growing up in England, we swore off most meat because of raging mad-cow disease. I got used to a life without hamburgers, although we did continue to eat a little chicken and fish. I'm currently in the process of reading Alicia Silverstone's A Kind Diet. Veganism is something that I never considered, because I love cheese. A LOT. In reading Alicia's book, I've begun to realize why I love cheese. It's highly addictive, and to me, that's just plain gross. I can deal with so many things, but addiction is something that not only grosses me out but just plain frightens me. So can I go Vegan? I'm considering it on some scale. Alicia is on a hard-core Macrobiotic diet (meaning she eats a full-time plant-based diet, locally grown food, and very little processed food). I don't think I could ever be that way, but I am interested in seeing where a stricter plant-based diet takes me. I know how I feel when I eat BBQ after a week of salads, grains and fruit. That feeling isn't a good one. Apparently if you eliminate dairy and white sugar from your diet, you can feel even better. I'm interested in giving it a try. I'm not some crazy New-Age follower, just someone who wants to feel their very best each and every day. I want to be able to run faster and think more clearly. If my diet is keeping me from my full potential, then I want to make some adjustments. I've been 90 percent vegetarian for my entire life, so this isn't a big leap for me. However, it will require some extra effort, and it will mean making some sacrifices. On a positive note, it'll also mean I can try new recipes, and I'm always game for that. Remember my Julie and Julia blog post? I still plan to try some of those dishes, but I want to make them healthier. According to Alicia, she loves French food. It's just about finding the meat and dairy-free options. For me, that also means avoiding too much soy, since I'm slightly allergic. I'm going to try a Vegan diet for a few weeks to see where it takes me. At the end of my self-imposed deadline, I will reevaluate my diet. Something tells me I won't ever give up dairy entirely, but I am trying to keep an open mind. This is all part of the journey, right? I will keep you posted. For more about The Kind Diet, you can visit Alicia's web site here.