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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Why Stella Decided To Become A Vegetarian




“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.” 
― Albert Einstein

I want to start this post by saying that in no way am I saying that the way I live my way is the "best" way. I am not a doctor and all opinions stated here are simply my opinions. I respect everyone's choices, and I realize that just because this is the best choice for my body, doesn't mean it's the best for everyone. Please consult your doctor before making any major diet changes.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you might have seen I posted a post about improving my diet about a month ago. My goal was to include more fresh fruits and vegetables into my diet. This is kind of going to be an update of that post. I ended up cutting meat out of diet completely on accident. When I was at the store, meat was not a priority for me. I actually completely forgot to purchase it! Instead, my cart was full of all of these beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables. I decided to just roll with it, I knew it is possible to live on a plant-based diet successfully. I have many vegan/vegetarian friends and I had gone back and forth about being a vegetarian my whole life.

I do not go into anything without researching it, this was no different. I had already had a small bit of knowledge of my time working in a raw vegan cafe and from my time in culinary school. After hours of research, I knew more than I really wanted to. I learned about how animals are treated in the facilities our food comes from. Although the proper treatment of all living things is VERY important to me, it was not my motivating factor here. So, I continued on with my research. I learned about how a vegetarian/pescetarian diet can be a very heart healthy diet. I read how a mostly raw* diet can help with many conditions like depression, PCOS**, heart and lung issues, digestive issues, constipation, obesity/overweight and many many others. 

With all of this information, I started to form my new diet. Almost immediately I started feeling better. I had more energy, my body functioned better, and I started dropping weight. It was amazing!

At this point, I want to maintain this diet. This meant I need to stay away from two things. One being meat, obviously! Second being vegetarian junk food. When I say vegetarian junk food, I am referring to all of the prepackaged, overly processed vegetarian food. The best example of this is the Morning Star line. I have heard of a lot of people using it as a stepping stone to transition to a meatless diet and that is okay. It is okay to use a crutch for a little while, it should not be used permanently. 

If you are also a vegetarian or vegan please share with my your favorite recipe in the comments!

*A raw diet is when your diet is (or mostly is) uncooked fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts
**PCOS = Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

-Stella

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