I’ll preface this article with this: I NEVER in my entire life thought I would stop eating meat. My parents are from Greece and Italy, so meat is literally the one of the founding fathers of my culture. From lamb chops to meatballs, I loved and indulged on it all. But one documentary would change my perspective drastically.
Summer going into my sophomore year of college, I was unhappy with how my body looked. I hadn’t worked out in months and caught myself constantly eating unhealthy foods. I decided I needed to make a change. So I began working out every single day (heavy weights, little cardio) and cut out sugary foods, ate little carbs, and consumed little to no dairy. The change I saw in one month was impressive, and the change after three was outstanding. Even though I had lost just 10 lbs, my body was transformed. I was toned and no longer always feeling bloated. I was on the right track to the body I knew I could achieve, and then I watched “What The Health” on Netflix.
“What The Health” is a documentary exposing the meat, egg, dairy, and cheese industry and how horrific these foods actually are for our body. I don’t want to spoil any fellow meat-lover's’ appetite so if you’re interested in truly learning about how to fuel your body the RIGHT way, watch this documentary. It is unlike anything I have seen before— truly eye-opening. As I watched this documentary, I soon learned how to eat correctly (which they explain is going vegan) and I tried it. I was vegan for about 3 weeks, and it was not easy. I definitely recommend going vegetarian before making the leap to vegan. Nonetheless, I saw yet another transformation in my body. My skin was clearer and I was losing even more weight than before even though I wasn’t working out daily anymore. I noticed a change in my mood as well— I wasn't sluggish or as mellow as I was before. I had a new sense of energy and looked at eating as an adventure of what new recipe I would try next. I now love cooking vegetarian foods and I haven’t craved meat since. It’s been since late July and I’ve probably cheated twice with a Wendy’s burger post-happy hour (which, I’m sorry, how could you not??). Eating healthy feels so much better than any unhealthy food tastes, and I can say that now confidently.
One websites that got me started and kept me going was PlantBasedOnABudget.com. They have a range of recipes and even have meal plans to help you get started!! What foods they suggest you buy are all under a total of $25 (hence “On a Budget”) and the recipes are easy and truly delicious— they helped me discover that I love chickpeas!!
All in all,I love being vegetarian. Not just because it lets me skip the line at my sorority’s buffet meals, but because I feel so much better internally, and look how I want to externally. A good recipe to start with is cauliflower fried rice. Here you go:
4 steps to eat your first vegetarian meal. Enjoy!!!
P.S. - Shoutout Libby Grimond for that recipe. Love you girl.
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