Draw away from a rule mentality and instead think of this as a big adventure of seeking to find new foods and ways to prepare things that you enjoy, save you Big! Money, help the environment, open your senses to color and smell and farming healthy gut bacteria that will help you live longer.
I consider you flexitarian just for flexing your mind to be here. That's a start. Think in terms of not saying no to meat rather saying yes yes yes to vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, healthy fats, cobalt rich veggies that allow you to make your own B-12....better yet turn off the switch in you brain that says I need to eat more because you body IS truly hungery and will keep eating until it gets what it needs.
If you are making a sandwich of course you could use a few thin slices of meat with tons of veggies...that's a great start, but then you can discover making sundried tomato and hummus spread with all those veggies, or thai peanutbutter spread (fish sauce, red pepper, lime with peanut butter) with sprouts, grated carrot, thin sliced kale and water chestnuts...that's a sandwich! Instead of curry chicken sandwich....cashews, curry, celery, apples, grapes with dijon and low fat greek yogurt instead of mayo... if I put that in front of you instead of a flat piece of cheese and meat...I think you might be grabbing for it. It takes awhile to adjust. Instead of mayo I use to think the only thing I could use was low fat mayo....but no there are so many great options with tons of flavor. Pureed veggies make great binders, nuts give rich creamy texture.
This isn't an overnight process. Read peoples food logs and recipes to get ideas. Mix your meat with other things until you feel comfortable making a totally veggie chili. Have fun flexing you flexitarian muscles!
| Pounds lost: 41.0