Monday, July 04, 2011
I am a vegetarian for 16 years now since I was 16 myself. I did not stop to eat meat for ethical reasons. For lent I decided to go meat free and afterwards the thought of eating flesh and blood just disgusted me. But only years later did I really question the way our society treats animals.
I think you can live healthy without meat with just a bit of attention to your nutients. Normally it is enough just to have some ready made convient meals in the back of your head and get creative with what you got!
If I am just making something for myself it might just be a wrap, a pan dish or something that works in under 15 Minutes. if I have company I invest from 30 to 45 Minutes but enjoy the time.
Legumes are a staple of my diet: You gotta love red lentils. The instant Dal with Ginger and a masala mixture or the oriental lentil soup with garlic and cumin, whisked to a thick consistency... so many different ways to incorporate them.
And I like to incorporate protein as a treat. I have yummy fruitshakes with soymilk, soy pudding, proteinbars with chocolate, honey almonds...
I really like dark greens, so incorporating them never was that much of a challenge to me. I adore spinach (raw or cooked), Brokkoli is essential part of every stir fry and needs to go into creamy white bean pasta sauce and Kale with redwhine sauce, sweet red cabbage, seitan or tempeh and Dumplings is a feast.
My blood levels are great, and have been even when I was rolling a 32 BMI.
I do not feel it a burden to live without meat, it feels more like a smart choice.