Beginner’s Guide To Eating Flowers

It’s springtime and the flowers are blooming. And, lads and lassies; oh, my good golly gosh. Have I got news for you. Many of those blooming flowers are EDIBLE! Why did it take me so long to realize this?

Hippies, hipsters, and curious folk, hold on to your pants. The following is a guide to adding flowers to your daily diet.

Before we get into recipes, here’s a couple of sources to get you started.

42 Flowers You Can Eat

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This source gives great tips on what certain flowers taste like, and where you might use them, and how to know whether or not a flower is safe to eat. Like any type of plant food, bot not all flowers are edible. Some might even be deadly. Don’t worry, though. Follow this link to see how eating flowers is done safely.

Read it at treehugger.com

List of Edible Flowers

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This is a less extensive list than the first, but with a little more detail. Learn about flower flavors and how to get to the parts worth eating.

Read it at West Cost Seeds

Now that you know which flowers you can eat, let’s look at some recipes. Vegan, of course.

1. Flower Power Cake

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This raw vegan cake is packed with superfoods. Not only is it good looking, it’s good for you too!

“Crunchy, lemony, fruity and sweet. It’s not an exaggeration, this cake is crazy good.”

Get recipe here!

2. Floral Cocktail

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“Because the only thing better than a vase full of flowers is a cocktail glass full of flowers.”

Find recipes here!

3. Gaspacho

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Flowers are a great way to make your normal soup or gaspacho go from lovely to show stopping.

Get recipe here!

4. Garden of Eden Spring Rolls with Creamy Ginger Dipping Sauce

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Could there be anything with more whimsy than a spring roll with flowers peeking through?

Get recipe here!

5. Flower Infused Vinegar

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To make subtly flavored dressings for your salads, infuse vinegar with flowers.

Get recipe here!

6. Rose and Pistachio Raw Chocolate

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Who doesn’t love chocolate? Pretty chocolate? Even better. The best part of this recipe? No refined sugar or dairy. Go ahead…indulge!

Get recipe here!

7. Wild Spring Salad

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There is nothing quite as hipster as adding flowers to your salad. Yes, the flowers are good for you. And, well, you are going to look like you are eating food assembled by fairies.

Get recipe here!

8. Edible Flower Garnish

Green asparagus with a saffron sauce and edible flowers.

Did you know you are supposed to EAT the garnish? Ah, ignorant me. I’m learning all sorts of things today. Well, go ahead. Give this one a try!

Get recipe here!

9. Rose Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream

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Tasty. Fancy. Beautiful.

Get recipe here!

10. Old Fashioned Sweet Violet Syrup

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Whether you are baking a cake, making an elegant drink,  or making an ice-cream from scratch, this syrup adds the perfect amount of magic to your sweet(‘s) needs.

Get recipe here!

11. Rose Petal Jam

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Have you been craving a 5-star pb&j? Look no further than this enchanting little jam.

Get recipe here!

12. Elderflower Popsicles

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Cool off in the most delicate way. Pinkies out, everyone!

Get recipe here!

13. Springtime Zucchini Tart With Flower Garnish

Springtime Zucchini Tart with Edible Flower Garnish

Looking for the perfect addition to your next tea party? Brunch? Garden party? Unicorn gathering? I will leave this here for you:

Get recipe here!

14. Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake

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Do I need to speak for this one? This is cheesecake designed for royalty.

Get recipe here!

Happy springtime, everyone! May it be a colorful one– full of magic and new discovery.

“But It Tastes So Good” is the number one excuse I get from meat-eaters on why they do not want to switch to a vegetarian/vegan diet. I am not out there to make everyone vegan. I do, however, want to share what food does to your body and to the world around you. Let me show you that being good to yourself and to the earth can taste just as good, or better, than what you are already doing (both literally and figuratively).

Becoming Vegetarian: Noob Mistakes

Did you just become vegetarian? Looking at restricting your animal product intake? Check out these common mistakes to avoid to help keep your new journey a little easier.

Meat substitutes

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While this might be a good way to transition from avid meat eater to vegetarian, meat substitutes aren’t great for the long term. Not only do they contain GMOs, sodium, and fillers, they can actually be as high in fat as actual meat. Not to mention these substitutes are expensive!

Too much cheese

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Aside from it being delicious and familiar, there are a number of reasons why new vegetarians fall into this trap. Mainly, media’s got us all in a panic about protein intake. Unless you want to be a body builder, you really don’t need to worry about protein. At least, not to the extent that fitness gurus want you to think. There are plenty other sources of protein out there besides animal products. If you’re really worried, read my previous blog Where in the Heck Do Vegans Find Protein.
Furthermore, dairy isn’t a very healthy way to get protein. It’s full of unnecessary fats that clog our systems. Plus, if you are vegetarian for moral reasons, a big component in factory farms is the dairy industry.

White pasta, white bread, and other icky carbs

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White pasta and white bread are not good for you. That’s the bottom line. True, grains are supposed to be the foundation of our food pyramid, but these foods could hardly pass as grains at all. White grains are refined grains, which mean they have been stripped of their bran and germ where all the fiber, vitamins, and minerals are stored. So, all that good stuff grains have in store for us? Yeah, these foods don’t have it.

Only eating side dishes

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Becoming vegetarian isn’t all about what you give up, it’s what you gain too! This means new delicious foods you never had reason to try before. If you think you are going to want to remain vegetarian long term with only side dishes, forget it! You’ll end up malnourished, bored, and unhappy. Look up new recipes. Try things you’ve never had before. Trust me, it’ll be worth the little extra effort.

Junkfood

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Junk food is an easy pit to fall into, and is especially tempting when you are limiting food intake. A common mistake many new vegetarians have is binging out on junk they in place of the sustenance they were getting from meat because it’s familiar. Guess what? The junk food cravings don’t subside if you want to become vegan either. Much of the junk food above is entirely vegan (including Oreos!). Make sure to avoid junk food and pick up alternatives for snacks such as fruit, veggies, or nuts.

Taking criticism personally
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So you say you’re vegetarian because it’s better for you, and your friends suddenly start attacking you. They insist you are not getting enough protein. Though, come to think of it, they never seemed to care so much about your health before…
It’s not you they’re attacking. Your choices are different and they want to know why you’re deciding to go against the grain. Don’t take it personally. They aren’t mad at you, they’re mad at differences that might challenge their thinking. And, if you bring up the moral issue of meat, you are likely to offend them even more. So, what do you do? Brush it off. Know that what you are doing isn’t wrong–it’s challenging.

Expecting others to jump on board

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I know, I know. Animal cruelty is awful. The food industry and the lies they tell us about the food we eat every day is disgusting. As terrible as conditions are, don’t expect other people to change their entire life around because of  one conversation you’ve had with them. People are stubborn and take a long time to convince. Believe it or not, most people who never choose to be vegetarian are still good people. Why was it that you clicked on this link? It’s not because being vegetarian is easy. Learning to be vegetarian and learning to do it well takes practice. There’s a lot of trial and error involved.
Some people will come around with patience and open, honest discussion. If you are to pushy, you’ll likely drive people away from your cause.

Expecting others to know your restrictions

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Sometimes it may seem obvious that a vegetarian diet is completely without meat. It’s okay. The term ‘vegetarian’ is unique to each person. Some may not eat gelatin. Some may eat fish. Some might not wear leathers. Some might eat chicken every third Sunday of each month on odd numbered years. I’ve met someone who was vegetarian, nixing all meat except bacon. Each journey is unique, and just because a person’s restrictions aren’t as strict as yours does not mean that they aren’t doing it right. Just be happy that they are restricting their meat at all.
In the meantime, you might have to repeat a million times what you will and will not eat. If you’re worried about a host getting your diet wrong, bring your own food along. Be polite. You may get frustrated, but kindness and patience is the only way others will be willing see your point of view.

“But It Tastes So Good” is the number one excuse I get from meat-eaters on why they do not want to switch to a vegetarian/vegan diet. I am not out there to make everyone vegan. I do, however, want to share what food does to your body and to the world around you. Let me show you that being good to yourself and to the earth can taste just as good, or better, than what you are already doing (both literally and figuratively).

When Healthy Becomes Disorder

I’ve got to be honest with myself: I am susceptible to eating disorders. And with these new changes in lifestyle, I think it’s important to make myself aware of risks.

It’s not an official eating disorder, but it could, at the very least, be labeled as a sibling or cousin to the not-so-lovely anorexia.

Orthorexia is an unhealthy fixation on health. It’s the difference between balance and extremism. It’s not just having restrictions– it’s seeing impurities and exaggerating them.
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Why is it bad? An orthorexic person restricts healthy foods upon discovery of anything impure within said food, such as carbs or fats. Such restrictions will actually make them less healthy. Though focused on nutrition, they may become malnourished. Their social life may suffer because they do not allow themselves to go to outings where unhealthy food is served. And if they break from their healthy habits, an orthorexic person may punish themselves by fasting for a time or over-exercising.

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In November of 2015, blogger Jordan Younger released her book Breaking Vegan. I have not read the book, but there has been quite the outcry from the vegan community. Her title definitely, whether consciously or not, points fingers at veganism for her orthorexia. Though she claims in her blog, Balanced Blonde, that being vegan was not the cause of her problems, the title of her book implies that she thinks otherwise. Again, I have not read the book, but vegans are pretty ticked.

Honestly, maybe being vegan did cause her orthorexia. It’s entirely possible. But that does not mean that being vegan is unhealthy. In fact, there have been many people I have met and vloggers I have watched who used a plant-based diet to gain a healthy relationship with food and recover from previous eating disorders. Anything could make you unhealthy if done improperly. That’s the bottom line.

I’ve mentioned Jordan because there is always a way to make something unhealthy when focusing on restriction instead of healthy relationships. Is orthorexia a risk for me? Absolutely! But only because everything involving food is a risk for me. We’ve been enemies for so long!

 

The Perfect Green Smoothie

Green smoothies are a great way for vegans–or anyone, really– to obtain nutrients. Aside from their off-putting look, they’re one of the most delicious ways to enjoy your greens. Have one for breakfast, lunch (especially those who are tempted by buying fast food), or a mid-afternoon snack. If you want to have a green smoothie at night, great! But only if it’s a meal replacement. They’ve got lots of good stuff in them, but also sugar. The sugars would be better utilized in the morning when you are trying to wake up!

I know what you’re thinking–But, I don’t have time to make a green smoothie in the morning! Actually, you do. They only take about ten minutes. Still think you’re crunched for time? Prep them the night before. I’ve even gone as far as blending them the night prior and grabbing them on the go.

Trust me on this. You’ve got the time. ^_^

Here’s a chart I made to help you out. No need to crank out a recipe book or go to a grocery store. Use your imagination and what you’ve already got in your home.

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“But It Tastes So Good” is the number one excuse I get from meat-eaters on why they do not want to switch to a vegetarian/vegan diet. I am not out there to make everyone vegan. I do, however, want to share what food does to your body and to the world around you. Let me show you that being good to yourself and to the earth can taste just as good, or better, than what you are already doing (both literally and figuratively).

Where the Heck Do Vegans Find Calcium?

Being new to the vegan world, I’ve been interested in where to find this wonderful little mineral found in milk and dairy products. It helps build strong bones. It helps build strong teeth. And because you read the title and are likely out of elementary school, I’m sure you know what I am referring to. Like protein, calcium is not as difficult to find as one might think. The following is a list of plant foods which contain calcium:
1. artichokes

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2. roasted sesame seeds
3. oranges
4. orange juice
5. great northern beans
6. mollasses
7. broccoli
8. kale

 

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9. figs
10. prunes
11. dates
12. almond butter
13. soybeans
14. rhubarb

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15. hemp milk
16. black currants
17. raw fennel
18. navy beans
19. chickpeas
20. pinto beans
21. black beans

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Source: Serious Eats

22. tempeh
23. bean sprouts
24. tahini
25. tofu
26. edamame
27. bok choy
28. blackberries

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29. spinach (though, not the best to absorb)
30. okra
31. parsley
32. watercress
33. arugula
34. leeks
35. celery
36. seaweed
37. cabbage

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38. quinoa
39. sunflower seeds
40. hazelnuts
41. brazil nuts
42. cereals
43. brown rice
44. almonds

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45. bean sprouts
46. swiss chard
47. hard water
48. soy milk
49. rice milk
50. oatmeal
51. corn tortillas

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Now, you might be thinking, you probably have to eat SO MUCH of these foods to get as much calcium as you do in a glass of milk. You’d think so, huh? I thought so too.

In one serving of 1% milk there is 305mg of calcium.

In 2% milk, calcium levels drop down to 295mg.

So, how many milligrams of calcium are in say…a serving of
collard greens?
357mg

Tofu?
200-400mg

Orange juice (fortified)?
350mg

That’s right, folks. In many cases, orange juice has more calcium than milk.

Molasses comes in at an impressive 400mg!

So, go out there and eat some plants. Chances are, they’ve got what your body needs. It makes sense, really. Where do you think cows, herbivores, get calcium?

Psssssst. I’ll give you a hint. It’s a plant too. And they munch on it all day!
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Where the Heck Do Vegans Find Protein?

It is not hard to find protein- Of the nutrients found in animal products, protein is the least of my worries. Here’s a list of foods that contain protein that are not animal products:
1. lentils

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Source: Medical News Today

2. peanut butter
3. almond butter
4. cashew butter
5. peanuts
6. almonds
7. pine nuts
8. walnuts
9. cashews
10. hazelnuts
11. pecans
12. pistachios

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13. green peas
14. wheat (germ)
15. soba noodles
16. quinoa
17. oats
18. whole grain breads
19. pumpkin seeds
20. watermelon seeds
21. squash seeds
22. sésame seeds
23. chia seeds
24. hemp seeds
25. sunflower seeds

 

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26. brussel sprouts
27. tempeh
28. tofu
29. soy milk
30. cocoanut milk
31. cashew milk
32. rice milk
33. hemp milk
34. avocado

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35. black beans
36. kidney beans
37. chickpeas
38. great northern beans
39. navy beans
40. pinto beans
41. seitan
42. cocoanut
43. sun-dried tomatoes

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44. potatoes
45. kamut
46. watercress
47. mushrooms
48. cocoa powder
49. lima beans
50. green beans
51. whole wheat pasta
52. buckwheat
53. sweetcorn

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54. couscous
55. brown rice
56. winged beans
57. fava beans
58. miso
59. hummus
60. wild rice
61. rye
62. rice noodles
63. sprouts
64. kale
65. broccoli

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66. artichokes
67. spinach
68. cauliflower
69. collard greens
70. parsley
71. mustard greens
72. baby zucchini
73. beet greens
74. arugula
75. bamboo shoots
76. Hubbard squash

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77. asparagus
78. sugar snap peas
79. pak-choi
80. guavas
81. mulberries
82. blackberries
83. starfruit
84. apricots
85. kumquats
86. peaches

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87. cantaloupe
88. grapefruit
89. raspberries
90. passion fruit
91. currants
92. pomegranate

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93. oranges
94. watermelon
95. kiwi
96. cherries
97. jackfruit
98. strawberries

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99. honeydew melon
100. bananas
101. most cereals
102. granola

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“But It Tastes So Good” is the number one excuse I get from meat-eaters on why they do not want to switch to a vegetarian/vegan diet. I am not out there to make everyone vegan. I do, however, want to share what food does to your body and to the world around you. Let me show you that being good to yourself and to the earth can taste just as good, or better, than what you are already doing (both literally and figuratively).

I Will Never Diet Again. EVER.

To further discussion on eating disorders:

Never have I been more annoyed than when I starve myself, step on the scale, and see no results.

It’s been happening since I was a little girl. Diets. Workouts. Workouts. Diets.

The adults, who meant well, told me it’s a simple science: eat less, exercise more. Their words haunted me like soft whispers from under my bed. Advice from lips, television screens, and magazines flooded my mind and drowned any confidence that managed to plunge to the surface.

I spent days indoors, not leaving the house because of how people would look at my body. Or, worse, talk about my body. Either in hushed voices and snickers or yells and roaring laughs. It was all the same. I knew what they were saying, no matter what volume they said it at.

Recess, if I could find an excuse, I would spend in the classroom. Maybe writing spelling words. Maybe writing stories. Maybe, if I’d spent too many days in a row inside, hanging out in the girl’s bathroom.

Summer months were filled with bowflex routines I made for myself. Richard Simmon’s VHS’s. Crunch after crunch, lunge after lung after hour-long treadmill walk.

My diet consisted of Lean Cuisines, Special K, Slim Fast, and single pieces of fruit. Except when I would slip up and eat an entire box of Little Debbies.

Forgive me, I was eight years old.

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Me, age eight, left

I wasn’t healthy, though I desperately tried. My body seemed, to me, a liar. No one knew just how hard I worked for the body I had.

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2nd grade (left)

“Today’s youth are lazy,” I’d hear a news reporter say. “All they do is sit on the couch and watch TV. We have to beat this obesity epidemic.”

I was that epidemic.

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5th grade (right)

I need you to know, I am not doing this as some pathetic sob story. But the lies the dieting industry tells us are very real. If anything, they don’t make things easier for us–they make them impossible.

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9th grade (left)

The dieting world does not improve with age. If you struggled with weight as a child, wait until you have to step foot in a locker room.

By the time I was in high school, I had it with my weight. I was not the biggest one in the class anymore, but I was still being scoffed at. I decided I was going to lose the weight once and for all. I counted my calories to a T–no more than 800 a day (though 600 or below was the aim). My hair began to fall out in clumps. I was cranky all the time. I blacked out every time I stood up. Couldn’t concentrate. I was tired. Weak. But, you know, I did it. I became the thin girl I always dreamt of.

Junior year of high school (left)
Junior year of high school (left)

After not eating for so long, and going through normal high school drama, I entered into a depression. I started eating again. But this time, I binged harder than I ever had before.

I gained all the weight back that I had lost, plus and additional 30 pounds.

You know, you might think that I was unhappy to be so gosh darn big. But I wasn’t. I was finally eating again. My body was getting things it needed.

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Sitting (Freshman in college)

I tell this as a cautionary tale, both for my own sake and for yours. When dieting becomes an obsession, it makes people unhappy. Your body NEEDS food. Just because you’re thin, doesn’t mean you’re happy. And being happy is why we want to lose weight, right?

How to get thinner and be happier: quit focusing on being thin! It’s not worth it.

I’m not trying to convince people to go vegan. I will say that in every single blog I post.

But, I have to admit, I want people to know how it important it is to eat delicious foods that are ALSO good for you. You don’t need to eat less. You need to eat more of the good stuff!

Starving yourself is going to make you less happy, which negates the point of losing weight to be happier. Enjoy the journey, or you will go from fad diet to fad diet, always coming up short, always landing right back where you started. Likely, in an even deeper hole than the one you originally dug yourself out of.

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February 2016

If you’ve been following my blog thus far and are thinking, “Wow, I really want to make a change in my health,” let’s do it together. This is me cheering you on.

I will never diet again.

Let’s never diet again. Okay?
🙂

“But It Tastes So Good” is the number one excuse I get from meat-eaters on why they do not want to switch to a vegetarian/vegan diet. I am not out there to make everyone vegan. I do, however, want to share what food does to your body and to the world around you. Let me show you that being good to yourself and to the earth can taste just as good, or better, than what you are already doing (both literally and figuratively).

How Being Vegetarian Changed My Body (and mind)

I became vegetarian because of animal rights. I stayed vegetarian because of the positive effects it was having on my body, my body image, and the earth as a whole.

In my last blog, I talked about constantly needing to defend my case when I admitted I didn’t eat meat. But let me assure you, through all the questioning, I never once thought about going back. Not. Once.

The strange thing is, I did not go vegetarian thinking that I would be one for life. I wanted to see how long I could last. Thinking it would only last a week, I was shocked when a week turned to two, two to a month, and when the month had ended I knew I was hooked forever. I felt so good about what I was eating and how my body felt that I couldn’t see a life any other way.

May 2012: The month I became vegetarian

I wouldn’t say the results were immediate, but living my life was a lot easier because I had more energy.

Now, you might be thinking What? Energy? From where?

Let me assure you that when I stopped eating meat, I started eating new things. Trust me, this is not what I eat:

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Though I might eat those things sometimes (rarely), I would never consider these things a meal!

The most frustrating thing about eating in the midwest is that no one knows how to accommodate for you. They also feel bad for having for not knowing so.
Me when a person is trying to host me: Ugg! I want to eat. I want to be polite. I want to eat within the boundaries I set for myself. WHAT DO I DO?!

Potlucks in the midwest were the worst. Which, going to a small-town Christian college, you go to many. They sneak meat in everything. Want some potatoes? Added little pieces of ham. Want some salad? Bacon bits coming your way. How about mac n’ cheese? Chicken. We added chicken. Why? Because it tastes good.

So you ask which things don’t have meat in them. They look around and point out a vegetable tray, some bread rolls, and the desserts. “I don’t know how you do it!” they say, as if that’s what I eat on a day-to-day basis.

Yeah. No worries. I would never commit to this lifestyle if veggie trays were what it’s all about.

But it’s not. Seriously. Here’s pictures of what I eat:

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Veggie rolls, peanut sauce, miso soup
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Bagel, berries, tea
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Portabello pesto
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Curry soup

 

If anything, being vegetarian has added variety to my meals. There are so many plants out there! And I was finally full for once in my gosh darn life.

My body began to change in ways I hadn’t expected. I was happier and more confident.

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Because I didn’t become vegetarian because of my weight, I didn’t notice how much my figure had changed. Even now, look at the change that happened in less than a year and cry. I did not know the extent of it.

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March 2013

But, gentle readers, I have to be honest with you. I’ve struggled with eating disorders since age eight. I’ve gone days without eating, replaced meals with water, TRIED to make myself throw up a million times, worked out for 6 consecutive hours, organized cabinets of food when I was trying to avoid eating it, wrote “I hate food” hundreds of times in an old notebook and read it to myself at night to make the cravings stop. This was the first time in my entire life when I was happy with my body–and it was because I was happy with the food I ate.

When I realized I lost weight, when people told me they were proud of me because I was smaller, when people told me that I looked so much better than before, my focus switched from eating good things to not eating. After 2013, I started yet another eating disorder…having one or less meals a day.

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I can’t say I was losing weight any faster. But, I do know that it made my body really angry when I started to binge eat sugar and dairy products (curse you cheese and ice cream!) when I went through a severe depression in 2015. My body went from starved to overindulged. I gained some (not all) of the weight back.

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June 2015
These days, post workout
These days, post workout

So, why tell you all this?

Simple! People lose weight as a side effect of being healthy. People do not get healthy as a side effect of losing weight (not necessarily). I am going vegan to focus more on my health. I am writing this blog to keep my focus on health, instead of weight.

Though I have taken before pictures, I am not doing this to get smaller. I am doing this as a lifestyle change. I’m doing this to feel good.

But It Tastes So Good” is the number one excuse I get from meat-eaters on why they do not want to switch to a vegetarian/vegan diet. I am not out there to make everyone vegan. I do, however, want to share what food does to your body and to the world around you. Let me show you that being good to yourself and to the earth can taste just as good, or better, than what you are already doing (both literally and figuratively).

Why Veganism Offends People

When I became vegetarian nearly four years ago(!), my goal was to see how possible it was for me to live a lifestyle without meat. My reason wasn’t as experimental. I have always kind of thought that humans are weird for locking up other animals to be eaten. No other animal does that. Perhaps I was just overly-sensative to Charlotte’s Web growing up or something. I don’t know… but using animals as products is weird.

I thought the most difficult thing about going vegetarian would be cutting out things I love. It wasn’t. It was constantly defending why I made the choice. Saying over and over and over again, “You know, I don’t really miss meat that much,” or “Yes, I did like the taste. I loved the taste,” or “REALLY!!!! PROTEIN IS NOT THAT HARD TO FIND.” Also, vegetarian food is DELICIOUS.

Let the rest of this blog be littered with pictures of things I eat.

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My Fridge

It was constantly offending people every time I ate in front of them. It was telling them that iceberg lettuce is not a meal that I eat. EVER. It’s that, for some reason, I have to tell people that eating vegetables is nutritious(?).

burrito
Vegan Burrito

But being honest about what you believe offends people. That’s it. New ideas are offensive. Especially if those ideas mess with people’s ideals and personal moral compass.

tempeh
Tempeh, beans, almonds, kale, broccoli, other delicious stuff

Now, I know there are some very extreme people in the vegan community. One time I talked to a girl who said she couldn’t even be friends with a person unless she knew she could convert them to veganism. So I get why you all think I’m crazy.

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Minestrone

But not being honest about what I believe doesn’t get me anywhere, either. So, let me just tell you where I am at with animal rights.

vegan cake
Carrot Cake

Hunting:
If I know that the hunters are humane to the animals, they are not simply hunting for sport, and they try to use as many parts of the animal as possible it seems, to me, that people are just going along with the circle of life. Many animals need to be hunted to avoid spread of diseases and overpopulation. Hunting happens in nature all the time. I’ve eaten hunted meat since becoming vegetarian. We have evolved to hunt. It makes sense.

HOWEVER…people hunt for game instead of survival. Which, really, why on earth would they need to hunt to live? We have more than enough meat in grocery stores. No hunter, at least one that lives within the realms of modern society, is going to hunt out of necessity. So, I don’t know. My opinion varies every day. Pretty much, I won’t go on a hunting trip with you, but I will not defriend you if hunting is something you like to do.

Farms:
Yes, seeing animals as products is weird. But, farmers are usually good-natured, well-meaning people who create deep relationships with their animals. Demonizing the farming industry only makes vegetarians look crazy and farmers feel attacked for their hard work. There is a BIG difference between family farms and factory farms. And, honestly, I just find it more convenient and less worrisome to just stop eating meat altogether than research which animals have been treated well, and which have not.

Other:
I don’t know what I think about leather. Poaching is bad. Ruining habitats for unnecessary reasons is bad. Animal abuse and neglect is bad. Animals deserve just as much respect as humans. That’s all very vague, but I will go into each of these points in later blogs.

But It Tastes So Good” is the number one excuse I get from meat-eaters on why they do not want to switch to a vegetarian/vegan diet. I am not out there to make everyone vegan. I do, however, want to share what food does to your body and to the world around you. Let me show you that being good to yourself and to the earth can taste just as good, or better, than what you are already doing (both literally and figuratively).