Transitioning to a Vegetarian Diet

I have officially cut all meat from my diet and committed to the daily practice of yoga. The major issue that I’ve encountered so far is finding/ learning how to cook vegetarian meals.

Im so use to meat being the main attraction on my plate that not having it seems weird. The sides are meant to complete what ever protein is on my plate not make the plate.

Now I have to figure out how to make an appetizing meal with just “sides”.

When I think vegetarian I think of salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I know that’s not what it actually is but that is what comes to mind.

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To help me kickstart my diet, I bought a bunch of Morning Star produce. In the words of a vegan friend “That stuff is disgusting”.

I actually think the food is pretty good, especially the veggie burger. I’ve been eating all of the patties with vegan spread & ketchup (mixed with brown sugar).

To start a vegetarian diet, I think Morning Star does the trick. Soon I’ll be chef’n it up!

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As for Yoga…

I run through a few asanas, engage in breathing exercises, and meditate twice daily. I go through this routine once in the morning before I eat and before I sleep at night.

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With these changes I have notice my mood has become much lighter and more jovial.

I plan to up my meditation daily by 1 minute. Im also using the book Yoga Mind, Body, & Spirit to help me learn the proper techniques for the practice of yoga.

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The Road to becoming a Vegan Yogi

Never would I have thought I’d be going vegan. I’ve always been big on cheese burgers, thanksgiving ham, baked macaroni & cheese, and everything else that is a meat/cheese lovers dream.

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I had one friend in high school who was a vegetarian and I thought that was just the most cringe worthy thing ever. I couldn’t understand why someone would give up the glory that is steak and potatoes, something I would make as often as possible. I once traveled through a snow storm to go to the supermarket just so my uncle could make me one of his infamous oven baked steaks.

Here I am in 2017 four years without beef, two years without pork, and one month without poultry.

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Since attending college I knew I wanted to start eating healthier, so cutting out red meat seemed like the way to start. After one month of no red meat, I decided I just really wanted to have a cheese burger to reward myself for making it one month without beef. I instantly regretted that decision. I was curled up in a ball the entire day because of all the work my body had to exert in order to break down the burger. That was the end of beef for me.

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After looking into alternative lifestyles, healthier living, and “happy vaginas” I started to learn about so many different things that we consume daily that are harmful to our bodies.

I knew that in order to change my eating habits I would also have to change my sleeping pattern as well as my physical activities (which were non-existent).

My interest in yoga began after my anxiety seemed to worsen. Practicing and studying (currently reading The Yoga Sutras) yoga is helping me to center myself, understand my body, understand my emotions, take better care of my body, and have a healthier daily routine.

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My interest in a diet change is due to my family’s history with high blood pressure and cancer as well as the many connections made between meat consumption and diseases. I want to lead a healthier lifestyle, extend my lifespan, and wake energized every morning.

I am currently practicing naked yoga twice daily, waking at 6am well rested & energized, eating a vegetarian diet although I will be heading to Bill’s Bar & Burger for one last shrimp burger. Consider it my farewell. I gradually weened myself off of meat and I plan to do the same with dairy & animal by-products.

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