MY THOUGHTS ON PLANT BASED DIETS
For the past year, in 2018, I have to confess I ate a lot more than I used to and it was not even healthy meals… too much red meat & not enough fresh food. Although I did start cooking for myself a lot more. When I wasn’t cooking, I was going out for meals with high fat & protein-rich foods, such as steak & beef burgers! Towards the end of 2018, I swapped chips for salad and that helped.
This year I want my food goal to cut out or severely reduce my meat-eating down to about 20% or less. Yes, I plan to eat to continue eating meat but reduce it right down, gradually.
I am aiming to eat mainly vegetable-based meals, but I still want to use milk and butter in meals for the time being until I get chance to try soy-based milk, as I can’t stand almonds!
I have been getting into watching vegan inspired recipes on Instagram recently and it has inspired me to eat healthier! Although realistically I can’t go from heavy meat based meals to vegan I can cut down slowly throughout 2019, until I don’t eat meat any more.
In the last few years veganism has taken off, many people know and follow the vegan lifestyle and it is well known now. Before if you heard someone was a vegan you wouldn’t understand it and there were no reviews or meals to choose from in supermarkets or restaurants …but now it is so common that big brands and celebrities have jumped on the bandwagon creating ready meals and vegan inspired dishes online or in cookbooks. Look out for them!
I don’t know how I feel about not being able to eat meals such as a Full English Breakfast, but I know there are lots of alternatives to choose from and it will make me a healthier person in the long run.
My first start at eating plant & reduced meat based food this week included; a hummus wrap and a prawn curry & rice dish.
Last weekend I attempted to cook garlic mushrooms from scratch. They turned out amazing & tasty (image above). The only thing I might do next time is to change the butter & milk to a plant-based alternative.
I have been vegetarian since 2011 and try to eat vegan when I can. Easy subs include milk, butter, yogurt and some cheeses. It’s a lot harder to eat vegan back home in the US than it is in the UK. But for those who aren’t ready to give up meat entirely, cutting out red meat is the most impactful as the way cows are raised and slaughtered is the most harmful to the environment.
Rachel || http://anotherstationanothermile.com