Many people don’t know that I am vegetarian or are surprised when I tell them. It’s definitely not something I walk around announcing to everyone. It’s not that I am ashamed of being vegetarian-because I am definitely not. But usually when I tell people I don’t eat any meat I get the dreaded questions and comments “where do you get your protein?” “what do you eat?” “I could never do that” “how do you live?” I understand that our world is mainly made up of people eating meat and they are unaware of the life of a vegetarian. So here I am ‘explaining myself’ if you will.
I decided to go vegetarian my sophomore year of high school(a little over five years ago). The initial reason I did this is because my friend basically “challenged” me to see who could last longer. I definitely knew I would be fine because I never really liked meat in the first place. I’ve never liked bacon or steak which is what I hear the most that people can’t give up. When I first decided to stop eating meat I ate SUPER unhealthy. I would eat things like cupcakes for dinner(??) and didn’t really know ‘how’ to eat as a vegetarian. After I noticed some weight gain I decided I needed to do a little more research on what I put in my body. I still don’t eat extremely healthy but I’m making a lot better decisions than I did before. Once I started doing research is when I started watching documentaries. Which in a way made me stay a vegetarian and also want to become vegan. Some of the documentaries I recommend watching if you’re interested are; Earthlings, Dominion, What The Health, Cowspiracy and Food, Inc. These are all on Netflix except for Dominion, you can find this right on their website. I can’t even begin to explain how these documentaries make me feel, but I strongly believe you should all give them a chance and watch at least one of them. I’m not the type of person to shove my beliefs down anyones throats AT ALL but it’s definitely good to educate yourself on what you’re putting in your body. I don’t consider myself vegan because I still eat dairy here and there but I’ve cut down a lot on it. I can tell a difference in how I feel when I eat dairy versus when I don’t. I don’t feel sick or bloated after eating but I still feel satisfied. I don’t want to go too much into it because I’m no professional and I think you should all do your own research and have your own opinions on how you feel about it. BUT if you do ever have any questions about it I would love to help. I thought about what I typically eat in a day and wanted to share my average day because one of the biggest questions I get is “what do you eat?”
So, I’m going to be honest, I don’t always eat breakfast. Having class at 8 am and being a sleepy gal makes it very hard for me to get up early enough to make breakfast. When I do make breakfast I usually try to do something quick. My go-to breakfast is a rice cake with peanut butter and sliced bananas on top. It’s SO good and quick and easy to make, also if I’m in a rush I can take it in the car with me and eat it on the way to class. I also always have coffee in the morning, no matter what. If I’m running late I still make coffee because its essential for me to get through the day(excuse the dramatics). I have a Keurig so I usually just have whatever coffee we have at the time but the reason I’m bringing this is up is because of the creamer I use. I use the Natural Bliss almond milk vanilla creamer and it’s SO good. I am not sure if it’s necessarily healthy but its dairy free and gluten free. Another thing I’ll do if I’m in a rush is grab a few grapes or a banana or other fruit just so I have something to get me going for the day.
For lunch I usually have something quick in between classes and work or I’m taking a break at work and eating out. My most common lunch is a hummus wrap from a local greek place near my work. This is just a pita wrap, hummus, tomato and onion. Its super simple but so good, you could definitely do this at home and it would be quick and easy. I’ve also been going to Panera a lot lately because I LOVE their autumn squash soup(If you’re looking to go vegan this unfortunately contains milk). On the weekends I usually wake up kinda late and my breakfast and lunch kinda merge together. I have an unhealthy obsession with bagels and thats usually my go-to lunch/breakfast on the weekends. I’ve been eating my bagels with cream cheese but I just decided to buy a dairy free cream cheese yesterday and I’m really excited to try it.
Dinner is all over the place for me. My family loves eating out and we go all different places so I’m just going to tell you about what I eat when I’m at home. One of my favorite things to eat is Gardein crispy tenders, they’re so good. I usually eat them with ketchup or vegan honey mustard. A lot of the dinners I eat are frozen meals, mostly because by the time I get home I’m too tired to make a full meal or don’t really have the time with school work and other things I have to do. I like my meals to be super simple but still things that will satisfy me. If I go out to eat or stop somewhere on my way home from work I usually get sushi. If you’ve been following along my blog or know me you know I love sushi. I always get miso soup, a sweet potato roll and an avocado roll and it’s my FAVORITE meal.
Since I eat smaller meals, I try to eat smaller snacks throughout the day. My go-to’s are carrots and hummus or really any fruit. For a while I struggled with eating meals/eating at all because of stress/anxiety so my doctor told me to eat a lot of small things throughout the day. So I kinda got into a habit of doing this and I feel like it helped me a lot. I mostly eat fruits or granola bars, basically whatever I have in my house at the time that I can bring to school and work.
If you’re trying to switch over to vegetarian, I hope this gives you a good idea of what kinds of things to eat. I know its not an easy transition and trying to become fully vegan has been a bit of a struggle for me but if you truly want to do something, you can! There are so many great meat and dairy alternatives out there and they’re definitely worth trying!
If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask!