Thursday, May 23, 2013
I'm currently reading "My Beef with Meat" by Rip Esselstyn and what I love about his book is how simple and applicable his advice is. For example, he suggests that when you make a shopping list, make 5 columns: whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and salt-free spices. If there's something that you want to buy that doesn't fit into one of these categories, then don't buy it! So simple! Also, many of his meal suggestions are so simple.
Eating a plant-based diet is not hard. For instance, this morning I had cereal with soy milk, and for lunch today, I had a classic PB&J on whole wheat bread, made with natural peanut butter and no-sugar-added strawberry preserves. With the sandwich, I had a whole carrot which I had peeled and cut into sticks, along with an organic yellow apple. I'm stuffed! For snack this afternoon, I'll have a banana. Dinner will most likely consist of quinoa and veggies.
I've also been trying to be more aware of what fruits and veggies I'm buying and eating, paying more attention to what is in season, and what should be purchased organically. Rip recommends eating frozen fruits and veggies, as these are picked and frozen at their peak nutrition and therefore, are just as healthy, if not more than, fresh fruits and veggies. And frozen can also be so much cheaper!
It doesn't have to be hard. When I first started eating vegan, I was a bit overwhelmed by the recipes out there, and I often spent a lot of hours cooking things that ended up not tasting all that great. Once I started simplifying things, though, I really started to enjoy eating a plant-based diet. Now I find myself craving big veggie salads, overnight oats, and fruit. It's awesome!