The Fat Vegetarian: I'm vegetarian so I'm healthy by default.
Monday, January 28, 2013
I've been a vegetarian for almost 17 years (WOW! and my older sister told me it was "just a phase") Recently I was looking through photos of myself in high school (I became a vegetarian when I turned 16) and realized, I was not a slim as I thought I was. I knew I was heavier but I guess time makes you forget things. Anyway, that got me thinking about myself today, at almost 33 years old. I haven't always been the best vegetarian, meaning I often made unhealthy choices like tons of diner grilled cheese, cheese pizza, pasta, et. but I think in the back of my mind I was thinking, "I'm vegetarian so I'm healthy by default." NOT TRUE! And I am realizing that now. So looking at those pictures made me realize, I was surviving off of carbs, carbs, and more carbs. And to some extent I still am now. I love bread and pasta and bread, and...well..bread! I also love baked sweets.
I am not one to shout from the rooftops (or soapbox) about certain diets or lifestyle choices. I've scoffed at low/no carb life style, being uneducated on it. I am getting tired of trying to lose this weight and know I need a "diet" makeover. I've been thinking of watching my carbs and choosing more wisely. As a runner, I know how important carbs are for energy. I am NOT cutting them completely out but i do need an intervention to slow down on them! I am noticing my daughter (age 4 1/2) is also a carb lover. I want her to expand her palate too.
Any other vegetarians out there who have dabbled in a lower carb diet? (and I use the word "diet" meaning eating style) I'm looking for some good reading. I did find some recipes here on Spark http://recipes.sparkpeople.com