This may come as a huge shocker to many of you (seeing as how you may know me as the vegan girl), but Matt and I have changed up the way we eat a bit.
I have always affirmed that the Bible says that animals were given as food, but I believed (and still do) that when God gave us dominion over animals, He didn’t intend for us to abuse the power by basically torturing the animals we eat. I didn’t (and still don’t) agree with the way that a lot of meat is raised/processed/injected with hormones, etc.
As Matt and I were becoming even more conscious about our diet, we began to really think critically about what we were eating. Being vegan can be super healthy, but it can also be super unhealthy, just like any other diet. If you’re one of those vegans who eat a lot of plant-based protein, fresh fruit, and fresh veggies, then you’re doing well! However, if you are a vegan who eats Oreos, chips, bread, pasta, and tons of processed soy, you maybe aren’t doing quite as well.
We realized that while tofu is plant-based, it is also highly processed. And actually, if we were to trade that super processed tofu in for happy, natural chicken, we would probably be healthier for it.
So the big question was, if the animals were treated humanely, would I eat meat?
I wrestled with this question for months. Seriously… months. It had been 15 years since I had eaten meat, so this was a big decision.
And honestly, a big part of the delay was the expectations I felt that others had on me. I had happily worn the vegan title for a long time. What would people think if I dropped that?
Would they come at me with, “I told you so” or “Welcome to adulthood” or some other cynical remark? I just didn’t want to deal with the confrontation. So I avoided it. Matt and I added some stuff in slowly, keeping it secret for a while just in case we didn’t like it or we changed our minds.
But you know what, it’s just food. Who cares what I choose to eat and not eat? And who cares what other people think about that?!
So here it is – my new title: conscientious. Or maybe: healthy. I’m not sure.
Some days, I may eat 100% vegan, and some days I may have healthy chicken with two meals. Why do I need any title?
What I Eat:
I have added some organic, humane, non GMO, and sensible foods back into my diet:
- Fish (trying to find one that doesn’t taste like a fish tank)
- Greek Yogurt
- Nonfat String Cheese
- Whey/Caesin Protein Powder
My new diet closely aligns with what the Tone It Up girls practice – mostly vegan, but with some other healthy non-vegan choices too. I still eat a lot of raw fruits and veggies, I still take my Perfect Fit Protein with my oatmeal in the morning, and I still eat a lot of the same stuff that I used to eat.
I’m still not a big fan of dairy, because it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Why do we consume another animal’s baby food? And why do we consume it post growth? No other animal does that.
I still cook with vegan butter and vegan cheeses. I definitely prefer them. I also still eat vegan when we go to restaurants or catered events.
To the vegan purists: I get that veganism is black and white. You can’t be 80% vegan. So I’m not claiming to be vegan anymore, although I appreciate vegan things.
I don’t know how to define the way I eat anymore, but I kind of like the freedom of that.
How my body reacted:
The first week that we added chicken into our diet, I didn’t feel very well. My intestines hadn’t worked that hard in over a decade, so the chicken was a bit of a shock for them. After that first week, everything has been smooth sailing (for the most part). I’ve felt really full after my meals.
I think that over the years, I’ve become slightly lactose intolerant. So that is one of the main reasons why I haven’t added in a ton of dairy. The dairy products I’ve added are high in protein and low in fat. They make great, healthy snacks for work or school, and I don’t eat them in huge quantities.
Questions? Comments? Complaints? Suggestions? Recipes? Leave me a comment below!