Netflix has recently figured out that I like documentaries and TV shows about food, so I keep watching programs about what we eat, how our food gets to our plates, and how fat Americans are. And this has me — and Typografika, too — thinking about our health and our eating habits.
We have chatted in passing about going vegetarian or vegan (henceforth, Veg), but we haven’t talked about it seriously. As I struggle to lose the 15 pregnancy pounds I gained last year, taking steps to make my eating habits as healthy as possible are starting to appeal to me. I have read all sorts of reasons for going Veg today, as well as many tips for making the transition. I am not ready to pull the trigger because Chris and I need to talk about it more, but these are some initial thoughts that I have:
- Aside from dinners, most of my days lean Veg. I have milk in my coffee, eat several hard-boiled eggs a week, use cheese for snacks, and love me some Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches or Jell-O pudding packs. I usually incorporate some central protein into dinner: chicken or venison.
- I am willing to venture into exploring other milk options, nixing all cheese, and saving ice cream and pudding for eating out. Basically, I’m willing to nix dairy. Eggs would be the trickiest for me to avoid.
- I am not interested in meat substitutes. That just weirds me out.
- I like the idea of being Veg-ish. That is, being Veg 100% at home and allowing myself to eat non-Veg out of the house. But then when I do choose to eat meat, choosing something of excellent quality like free-range chicken, grass-fed beef, or wild fish. Fast food wouldn’t really be an option, but the Farmers Gastropub will always be a yes!
- Diet Coke would not be banned.
- I don’t want to do a giant purge of my pantry and freezer. As I would transition to a Veg house, I would use up the foods that I have and replace them with Veg-friendly products. But I love cheese, so I would likely purge all the cheese.
- I would likely keep a stash of frozen venison in the freezer for a meat emergency. The venison I use was hunted by my parents, so it’s about as organic as it comes.
I know it sounds like I’m making a lot of excuses and exceptions when I haven’t even committed to this, but my reasons for going Veg would be for my and my family’s health. If at the end of any given week I’ve eaten only one serving of meat and 4-5 servings of animal by-products (eggs), that’s a lot of saturated fat that I’ve avoided.
The spirit of going Veg — and eating healthier in general — is what I would be going for. It’s also important that I feed my family organic foods, avoid feeding them high fructose corn syrup, and embrace a diet of whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables.
Those are some thoughts I am chewing on today. Typografika and I will give this much more thought and prayer before making any grand decisions about our eating habits. I will keep you posted.
“It’s the company, not the cooking, that makes a meal.” — Kirby Larson