Vegetarian, vegan, whole food plant based, keto, microbiom… there are a whole lot of food trend buzz words floating around right now. And even more conflicting “information”. It doesn’t help that the judgment from fundamentalists makes it disheartening for people to join any Facebook groups, just looking for guidance and inspiration.
I’ve been pondering changing my eating habits for a while, and for a myriad of reasons.
- Personal health: as I am approaching 40 and not finished having babies yet, my health and increasing energy, chances of conceiving, creating the most nourishing home for baby, are at the top of my list.
- Animal welfare
- Environmental impact
“Opinions are like assholes. Everybody’s got one.”
So What the Hell Does it all Mean Anyway?
I found simple explanations of 5 types of “vegeratian” diets here.
I think I fall under the ovo-vegetarian (ideally) or flexitarian category. With the exception of wild game and fish. Lu likes to both fish and hunt, and I have no problem with eating whatever she brings home. Just don’t ask me to kill anything. I won’t.
For me, a simple increase in varieties of vegetables and fruit, with a decrease in meat consumption is my goal. I do my best to cut out dairy products as I have a big issue with taking babies away from their mothers for our own consumption. It just feels wrong.
As for factory farming, I’m not a fan of this either, after watching many heart wrenching documentaries. I don’t need to list them here. Netflix and YouTube have all you need to become emotionally scarred. Just search “food documentaries”. It’s disturbing.
My local library has become my main source for looking for vegan/vegetarian recipes that I can modify to suit my family’s taste. I’m old-school and prefer to have a physical hard copy of a recipe in front of me while I cook or bake. Scrolling a screen or constantly turning it back on is just aggravating.
Do you have any vegan/vegeratian recipes, or some tips you would like to share? I would love to read them. I’ll be sharing some recipes I have discovered at later dates.
Thanks for reading.