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Put to the Test

Happy one year anniversary to me!

I cannot believe an entire year has gone by since I’ve become a vegetarian! Looking back, it is one of the best decisions I have made thus far. I feel cleaner, healthier and to most people’s surprise, full of energy.

One of the first questions people ask me when they find out I am a vegetarian is, ” Don’t you miss meat!?” or “Don’t you just crave it sometimes?” Every time I tell them, not even the slightest.

Funny enough, the mark of my one year being meat free, was also coincidentally an interesting “test”. This past weekend a friend of mine decided to celebrate his birthday at a Brazilian Steakhouse. Boy, was that ever interesting. Let’s just say, it took only about 0.01 seconds of my being there for me to confidently conclude I do not miss meat in any shape or form.

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Trying Something New

Part of my attempt at being a healthy vegetarian includes trying new things. I always hear mixed reviews about cottage cheese, so I decided to give it a try for myself. I had heard from a few colleagues that mixing in fruits, nuts, honey, etc would make it quite tasty. As you can see by my savvy chef skills (opening 2 packages and mixing them into a bowl), I mixed in some berries and honey into my cottage cheese.

Still not exactly sure how I feel about it, it was…..different. The whole time I was trying to decipher what it reminded me of. I came to the conclusion that it was an awkward mixture of cheese and yogurt (both of which I love), but it was caught in a gray area I couldn’t seem to accept. It reminded me of crumbled feta cheese in yogurt, not bad, just weird. Though it’s not my new thing, I’m glad I gave it a try!

What are your thoughts on cottage cheese?

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Not-So Supportive Friends

Are your friends and family supportive of your decision to be a Vegetarian? It definitely makes it easier when the people around you don’t feel the need to question your choice on a regular basis.

I am quite lucky to have a supportive family who even helps cater to my dietary needs. I also have a lot of supportive friends who understand why I made this decision.  Continue reading

Tofu-phobia

As a vegetarian, you would think Tofu is a staple in my diet. Not so much.

For some reason, I have a fear of Tofu and I don’t know why. I want to like it, I really do, but it just hasn’t happened yet. The texture, consistency (soft, medium hard – weird) colour, shape and taste all add up to a whole lot of fear of the unknown.

BUT, I am not giving up yet! This weekend conquering Tofu is at the top of my to-do list! I plan on educating myself on the different kinds of Tofu, how to drain it and then make something with it that I can actually eat. I feel like I am in grade school again and doing a science experiment- I will report back my findings next week.

How do you eat Tofu?

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I’m a Vegetarian, now what?

I have been a Vegetarian for almost a year and although I don’t desire meat by any means, I do find myself saying  “now what?”, or feeling stuck every now and again. I think this is due to my lack of experimentation with all the delicious foods that I have available to me. I think the most important part of any lifestyle change whether it be dietary or physical activity, educating yourself is key. Educating myself is the main purpose of this blog, a way to hold myself accountable and never stop learning about being a vegetarian (sounds corny, I know).

I have a few favourite go-to websites that I check regularly to keep up to date.

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I am a 23-year-old Persian (they love to eat animals, even cow brain, tongue and eyeballs) living in Toronto, who for 22 years ate meat. About a year ago I read Skinny Bitch, my intent was to pick up a few good eating habits here and there and then continue on with my life. Then came Chapter 4 , “The Dead, Rotting, Decomposing Flesh Diet”, and that was it. I finished the chapter, walked downstairs, and announced to my family that I was now a vegetarian. I had previously done zero research on being a vegetarian and now all of a sudden I was one instantaneously. Awkward.

What next? The following 10 months were interesting, I developed a not-so-healthy strategy. I call it the run-away-as far-and-fast-as- you-can-from-meat +not substituting in new foods strategy– –FAIL.  I think it is safe to say that FAIL is an understatement. I had a choice to make, either be a healthy vegetarian, or go back to being a carnivore.

I knew two things,

  1. I did not miss meat, and had no desire to eat it what so ever. In fact, I loved not eating it.
  2. Since I did not want to go back and relive my carnivorous days, I was going to have to learn how to be a vegetarian and not just run away from meat.

That brings us to today, my new “thing” is being a healthy vegetarian. I want to share with you my journey to being a healthy vegetarian.Last thing, so why “Yes, I’m a Vegetarian”? In the last ten months I have never had so many people question the words coming out of my mouth.

Ex.  “Ya, I’m a vegetarian…”
shocked/outraged person reacts,  ” YOU’RE A VEGETARIAN!?”
…”Yes, I’m a vegetarian” (did you think my answer was going to change if you asked me again?)

And that’s my story. The End.

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