It's been 8 months almost since I decided I needed to do something about my eating habits again. The first time I changed my eating habits it was for a more healthy lifestyle and to continue this habit for life. Well, I have been doing well with this lifestyle for almost 10 years now. I originally did this to lose weight and that goal was met, now I am doing this to help my digestive system and for some other personal reasons.
I started this new way of eating in baby steps. I actually wanted to become vegetarian but I found that because I was about to start marathon training, I needed all the protein I could get my hands on for recovery. So instead, I became a pescatarian so I could at least have seafood every now and then. So far I have been quite successful. The next obstacle I was going to have changing to this new eating lifestyle was the constant ridicule from people who don't understand change for the good. Not that I think eating meat is bad for some, but for me personally, it is.
This brings me to my first holiday as a Pescatarian. We were going to celebrate Thanksgiving, just the two of us and have halibut, but it turns out we had some friends who invited us over for the holiday. At first, I was quite hesitant because I did not want to have to explain to anyone that I would not be eating the meats that would be served, but then I thought about it and well, I said, heck, there are so many other things I can eat besides the meat. These friends of ours I knew would not have a problem, unlike some family members who always seem to have a problem or make lude comments with any changes for the good I've made in my life. In fact, these friends were so accepting, they asked me to fix 4 of the side dishes. OMG, I was so excited! So much so, I pulled out some of my vegan recipes and decided what I was going to fix.
The main course for the meal was beef tenderloin...I know....weird for a Thanksgiving, I thought that too, but oh well. I was asked to fix mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, roasted veggies and the cranberry sauce. Woohoo, I thought, I've got a few great vegan recipes I can fix. I ended up making, Garlic Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes w/Spinach (recipe from www.ohsheglows.com), what made these vegan, instead of adding milk, I added almond milk. Next, I made a different take on sweet potatoes, "This Ain't Your Grandma's Sweet Potato Casserole" (recipe by www.ohsheglows.com). Third, I made the cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar (recipe by Eat, Drink & Be Vegan). And lastly, I made a SP recipe, Chef Meg's Roasted Veggies and added my own take on it. I decided to add a veggie that our friends love to eat but my DH does not so this was my chance to make it for us.
I have to admit, this is the first holiday where I had to make this many sides and the first time I'd made any of these recipes, so I was a bit scared. Well, all 4 items were a hit and the only negative comment I received was that there wasn't enough salt. You know, if that's the worst criticism out of this, I'm good with it cause too much sodium's not good for you anyway.
Our Thanksgiving meal turned out amazing with all of the other good stuff that was made. So I have to say, this being my first holiday as a Pescatarian was quite enjoyable.
Hope you all had an amazing holiday!