Thursday, October 30, 2014

It's Halloween! Woohoo!

It's been almost 3 weeks since I started making the transition to a vegetarian. I've only had meat products 3 times, which I'm pretty stoked about. I'm still working on the move to dairy-free, but I'm not rushing myself. Heck, if I can go fully vegetarian for a month, I'd be really happy.

I have a few reasons for making these changes.
1) Documentaries have shown me the results of what meat production has done to our environment, our bodies, and animals.
2) Animal protein is not the only protein. Our bodies are perfectly capable of eating plant based proteins, like soy and legumes.
3) A considerable amount of food poisoning is from under-cooked meat. Cut out meat and significantly reduce the chance of food poisoning.
4) If we can get everything our body needs from plants, why do we need to kill animals for their meat? What's the point?
5) I want to teach myself to be self-sufficient without the need to slaughter animals. I could have a huge garden with everything I need.
6) All the cholesterol we need is produced by our liver. But eating animal proteins and dairy add more cholesterol to our body. Our liver also starts producing more cholesterol if we have a high bad fat intake. Most heart disease would disappear if we stopped eating animal proteins! (Queue the minions: http://youtu.be/MfylJy_nMbM)

If I had a big following, I'm sure that what I'm about to say would cause a ruckus lol. Is vegetarian ethically bad compared to vegan? Are unfertilized chicken eggs considered animals? Is milking a goat or cow inhumane? I've always wanted to have chickens - but I don't want them for meat. I want them for eggs. I've wanted goats too, for milk and cheese. Hubs would love if he got a cow for fresh milk and butter. I even want bees! But I want the bees for garden pollination, but honey would be nice too. Hubs and I were watching Magic School Bus last night (because you are never too old for educational cartoons! Or cartoons of any sort lol) and learned more about bees. I knew the basics, but the thought of bees dying in the winter because we stole their honey makes me sad. But I need to do more research. I know that bee populations are steadily declining, and that's bad for our fruits and veggies.

I guess my question is: would I be treating my animals inhumanely if I harvested eggs and milked them? I love my zoo, and they eat better than we do. So any farm animals would be loved and cared for just as well.

Ok, I went off on a little tangent, but I think it was useful for me. Back to life updates!

I've had red and pink hair for a week now and I friggin' love it! I've never received compliments on my hair like I did on Friday. Random people in parking lots and stores were amazed at how well Lizz did the colors. It sure took a long time to do, but I'm so happy with it. 'Pinky' is Hubs' latest term of endearment for me. I haven't shown most of my family yet because I don't want to hear them complain lol.

And for the last of the updates: It's my favorite time of the year! Halloween and our anniversary! We have been dating for 7 years yesterday and married 5 years Halloween night! We are celebrating this year by going to a Slipknot and Korn concert. It's going to be awesome! I can't wait!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Vegetarian life update

I've made it through the first 3 days as a vegetarian, and I haven't missed meat at all. I know that the first few weeks are the hardest, and I'm pleased so far. I've been using quinoa and hemp seeds for proteins, and will be using nuts and beans as well. There are thousands of recipes online, and I've already tried some. I'm having to teach Hubs that it's okay for him to eat meat, and that I have no problem cooking it for him. I just don't add meat to my meal. It's surprisingly easy. We went to the grocery store on Saturday, and I walked out with no animal proteins or dairy in my bags. It was easy to ignore the meat.

My PCOS group is doing an event called "Creating Goals with Soul", using Danielle LaPorte's Workbook O' Fire. Some of the girls are so excited to participate - and we could all use a little help sticking to our goals.
My current health goals:
- Continue my vegetarian lifestyle change
- Eliminate my coffee consumption (I've already reduced it to one cup a day, down from 4)
- Keep up my half mile walk on my elliptical

I don't know when I'll start to see changes because of these goals, but I know that I have to stick to them. And I will. I've decided that I will only be getting on the scale once a month. The number isn't as important as how I feel, so I don't want it to get me discouraged.

I'll keep you updated on how things go.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Major lifestyle change ahead!

I am about to embark on the biggest journey of my life. I'm going vegetarian. Almost vegan.

That's a big deal. Cutting out meat and dairy is a challenge, but I'm up for it. I might still eat the occasional burger or deviled egg, but my goal is to eat a whole food plant based diet.

Netflix has changed my life. After watching Food Inc, I stopped buying meat and eggs unless they were grass fed, pasture raised and hormone free. TED Talks taught me that we have a major sugar problem. Veducated introduced me to more problems with the way our animals are raised. Forks Over Knives convinced me that I'm ready to be a vegetarian. I've had it on my 30 before 30 list before, to go a week without meat. But it's not just meat - it's animal protein in general that I want to eliminate. I don't think it'll be too difficult for me, because I already limit my animal consumption. All I have to do is just let it go.

If I come up with any great recipes, I'll post them. For now, I'll be using ChoosingRaw.com for a lot of recipes, and I'll be researching lots of new vegetarian and vegan blogs.

I'm looking forward to this because it's not my only change. On the 23rd, I'm going a little wild and dying my hair red and pink. Pictures will be posted later!