Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tasty Tuesday

I don't think I ever thought I'd be saying this, BUT I think I'm going vegan, well, at least vegetarian. AND IT'S ALL JENNY'S FAULT!!

Okay, not really, but kind of. Let me tell you why.

I posted back in September that I found a lump. I ended up cancelling my consultation with the specialist because I needed time to wrap my mind around what was happening and look into other options. Because I'm under 30, uninsured and the level of risk (or whatever) of the lump was considered low, I'm not eligible for any kind of assistance from anywhere.

In my searching I found some alternative treatments for fibroadenoma which include changing my diet, i.e. more fiber, less caffeine, etc. I was talking to Jenny and she recommended that I read The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone just to get ideas and figure out where to start. I just started reading it last week (thank you library, but I think I need my own copy). I don't have much spare time so it's taking me a while. But what I've read so far, I really like. It just makes sense. Read it for yourself and make up your own mind. Check out the website: The Kind Life.


I'm trying to make this lifestyle/diet change while living at home and I think it's going to be harder because of it. I won't be successful if I don't have my family's support. It'd be one thing if I would or could volunteer to cook dinner every night, but my schedule doesn't afford the luxury.

Are you a vegetarian or vegan? Please share any thoughts, recommendations or tips for me personally or to help get the family on board! I need all the help I can get. Thanks in advance!

4 comments:

  1. Haha sorry. Don't focus on going vegan right now, just focus on eliminating meat, then later if you still want to go vegan you can eliminate those things. Its too hard to cut out everything right away, I tried and failed. But I've just started cutting out eggs last month and its working.

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  2. Oh also, be prepared to stand up for yourself. Like with Thanksgiving coming up, don't feel pressured to eat turkey unless you want to actually eat it. But people are going to get mad at you for not eating meat so come up with some of reasons why you are veg and when they start giving you flack just tell them your reasons and say everyone can decide what's best for them and this is what's best for you. You're not trying to make everyone go veg, its just your own personal decision. I've had to do this a few times, usually when your reason is health it shuts them up...but they like to argue the not eating animals thing.

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  3. Thanks friend! It feels so overwhelming! I'm trying to take it a day at a time. I'm starting with meat, milk and eggs, and so far it's alright. I had to pick the chicken out of my dinner tonight and my padre wasn't very happy. Hopefully once work ends I can cook more for the fam and get them into it.

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  4. You should read "Eating Animals", by Jonathan Safran Foer. He talks about the whole meat industry and approaches the concept of vegetarianism from an animal cruelty aspect, but also a health aspect-- because we are what we eat, and if we eat animals that are treated like crap, then, well, that's what we are eating. I went veg before I read it, but it is a truly great book.

    My family still has trouble adapting to the fact that we don't eat meat, but it is getting easier. You can always cook a main dish for yourself and eat the sides with everyone else. My FAVORITE cookbooks are Veganomicon (vegan, obviously, and everything in it is incredible-- I would feed any of it to a carnivore) and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, by Mark Bittman (like a giant Bible of vegetarian cooking, with how-tos for everything from grilling vegetables to cooking seitan, and tons of recipes). The Moosewood cookbooks are great too, but usually a little "weirder", I think.

    Other than that, I second Jenny in doing a little at a time. Giving up everything at once is really difficult, but if you ease yourself into it, you'll find it really isn't that hard. Except eating out. Eating in restaurants is still hard. Maybe just because I'm kind of picky, though.

    Anyway, I'd be happy to recommend more cookbooks or send you some recipes sometime.

    - Caitlin

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