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Friday, March 22, 2013

Hey readers :-)

I am so exhausted after the week I've had. I've been studying and taking exams all week, going to choral practice and trying to find a job. I've barely had time to work out (really haven't done much at all), let alone eat well or track nutrition. I gained a pound back since last week and I guess it doesn't surprise me :-/ When I think about it, it's really my own fault, because...yet again...I didn't prepare any meals this week which I think might be crucial for future success.

I'm really having a tough time with the food aspect of my "healthstyle". I'm trying to be a healthy vegetarian, but there isn't as much variety in recipes in this style as there is for a meat-eater. It's SO easy to be on a regular "diet" and eating meals that revolve around meat. I'm not going to lie, I loved fish for dinner, turkey bacon and slices of ham on a sandwich. I miss my mom's chicken noodle soup too. And Thanksgiving isn't really the same without a bird on the table. But I made the choice to be vegetarian to improve my health and also because factory farming has gotten way out of control, especially in the US. Plus, it's more cost efficient and beneficial on an international level to have a plant-based lifestyle.

Unfortunately, I'm a BAD vegetarian and don't really eat my veggies! The truth is, I'm a horrible cook and don't know how to make veggies appealing enough to satiate my hunger. It also frustrates me at the lack of vegetarian recipes on SP and online that are healthy and easy to prepare. As you can see, I'm a "put it in the crockpot" type of girl and don't have a lot of time to develop chef-level cooking abilities. My lunches are also something I really have to think about because I don't have access to an appliance to reheat leftovers; My lunches have to be soup in a thermos or something cold. Salads get old fast and I refuse to buy lunch out. Bad, bad, bad for my budget.

Ohhhhhh, woe is me. I hate complaining, but sometimes it's necessary. I will continue to try it again until I get it right, but I'm open to suggestions! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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MELOFALLTRADES 3/23/2013 11:32AM

    Hey everyone! I think God must've heard my frustration because 1) Jen answered my call right away offering to lend some recipes and 2) I think I found the most heavenly vegan/vegetarian website with a huge variety of easy and healthy veggie recipes. If anyone is interested, here is the link:

http://www.kalynskitch
en.com/search/label/Meatless%20
Monday

And it's cheaper to buy dry beans and cook them yourself, plus the canned beans are suspended in cans that are lined with BPA (unless you buy from Eden organics). Here is a link that shows you how to cook dry beans without having to soak them first:

http://www.kalynskitc
hen.com/2010/12/how-to-cook-dri
ed-beans-in-crockpot.html

And if you're not Vegan or vegetarian, it's still an awesome idea to do meatless meals as much as you can--good for your health and good for the earth!

Ahhh, I am so excited now! Going out shopping in T-minus 30 minutes.

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MELOFALLTRADES 3/22/2013 10:58PM

    That would be awesome! I really like soup, so that would be cool :-) Thanks Jen!

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JEMLOVA29 3/22/2013 10:46PM

    Hey my sis and bro in law are vegetarians - bordering closer to vegan now I think because their son has a lot of allergies to non-vegan foods. I know that they make A LOT of soups. If soup is something you like and is convenient for being on the run I could hook you up with some recipes! I know my bro in law sent me a few good veggie soup ones a while ago and they are hardy and filling. I will look for them.

Also you might want to invest in a good vegetarian cookbook. I know that there's tons of them out there and a few offer some really good ways to switch things up. I will ask my sis which ones she'd recommend and let you know!

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