Hi Guys! Happy Saturday morning!!! I hope everyone is using this time to relax a little and have some much needed down-time!
Okay…so that brings me to another little announcement I have to make….
As you all know, I am dedicated to eating healthy foods that fuel the body and energize the mind and spirit. I believe food can be used as a medicine and is a very powerful thing. If you fill your body with crap—you will feel like crap. Same way with if you eat natural, good-for-you foods that prevent disease and sustain life. Okay..you guys probably are like, “what is she getting at now?” I guess I tend to make a lot of “announcements” on here…but everything is always changing in life and I am just trying to do the best I can! Two weeks ago I was having a ham sandwich for lunch. It was a ham and gruyere and, while it was tasty, after I finished the sandwich I had a disgusting gagging feeling that wouldn’t go away. I felt the same a couple weeks ago after I went to Ruth’s Chris with Ryan and ordered a steak for dinner. I was up all night that night with a stomachache and a gross bloated feeling. So….over the past weeks I have thought and thought of what is “wrong” with my diet. I eat healthy food but I still don’t feel my best sometimes….and I have been up all night for the past week thinking about this!
I have decided to become a vegetarian once again. I lived this lifestyle for quite a while throughout high school and college, and quite frankly, realize that is what is needed for me to feel my best not only physically but mentally as well. Bottom line: I just feel a ton better eating a plant based diet. I could never kill another being for my food myself and don’t want another person to do the task for me. There are so many benefits of eating vegetarian and I think a lot of you are already vegetarians so I won’t spend this time lecturing you. I still plan to eat seafood (not tuna right now because of the high mercury levels)—so I guess you vegan purists might think I’m a little “fake”. Haha 🙂 I just plan to cut poultry, beef, ham, lamb…ect out of my diet. It won’t be too much of a change since I already eat mostly plant foods anyways!!
Okay….you guys are probably falling back to sleep right now as you read this long statement of my new eating habits. Sorry! It just had to be said. I’ve wanted to tell y’all for awhile, but kept it on the down low until I did a bunch of “homework” on it and talked to a few people. I just wanted to make sure this what was best! I hope you all will continue reading my blog, of course, and get tons of veggie-inspired meals! I never really cooked with a lot of meat anyways so I don’t think you will find too much of a difference!! I need your support in my beginning days of this because, really, none of my friends are vegetarians and Ryan certainly isn’t one either!! Good thing I have found such a good, supportive man to be with! (to an extent, haha!)
OKAY~~thank being said and done with, let’s get on with it! I have a little confession to make! Last night when Ryan got here around 10:00, we decided that instead of watching a movie (like we always do), we wanted to go out for a mojito!!!!! So we did!!! We went to a cuban restaurant a couple miles away and we each had a really yummy, minty, delicious mojito with a big stalk of sugar cane in it. MMM…my favorite!!! Ryan was starving because he had played in a golf tournament all day yesterday (he WON, which is why we were celebrating!) and hadn’t gotten anything to eat! The options for appetizers weren’t the healthiest and I really didn’t want anything, so Ryan ordered his favorite—spinach, cheese and crab dip. Typical guy. 🙂 I totally would not have eaten that slice of cake last night if I would have known we were going out……..but oh well. I had a couple chips with cheese dip even though I don’t necessarily like cheese dips. It was just sitting right in front of me!!!! ahh!!! So yes, a bit of a splurge. We had fun though.
This morning I was super excited to try out my new hempmilk that I got last night at W.F. Let me just tell you—–it ROCKED! I loved the taste…nutty, a little sweet, creamy…….it went perfect with my oats! I had cooked the oats earlier last night and just reheated them this morning with a little bit of the hempmilk as well as a banana and what was left of the blueberries. When it was hot, I stirred in some pb and 2 tbsp of ground flax. Mmmm, MMMMmm,MMMMMM! I have a new favorite! It was so good—I think the hempmilk made the oats creamier than usual and it all worked together in a perfect harmony. I’m such a dork 😉
This is becoming a marathon post!!! I hope you all don’t mind!! Ryan is still asleep right now (of course!) but when he gets up I plan to make him a smoothie with frozen banana, yogurt and ground flax. He always adds wheat germ to his smoothies at home and I’d like to get him on the flax bandwagon!! I know I could NEVER convert him to a vegetarian, so I do what I can! 🙂 I don’t know what our plans are today….we are going out to lunch somewhere….I might take him downtown if its nice to walk around and eat outside. Then, I have to be at work tonight! Blah! Oh well…another short but sweet weekend.