- 7 months ago
So, I’ve been vegetarian for about 4 years now (maybe longer…I have honestly lost track). I did it for the animals, not for health reasons, and although going vegan would be amazing, I love cheese and eggs and I already find it hard enough to find things to eat. I feel like I eat the same things every. single. day. When it comes to preparing meals, I’m equal parts lazy and unimaginative plus my boyfriend isn’t vegetarian so I’m always cooking separate meals for us for dinner. Luckily, he is the most easy going guy and would honestly eat cereal every night if that’s what I gave him BUT he is picky in the sense that he doesn’t like most vegetables or “weird foods” (think: a toddler) so I find myself going for the “quick meals” since I’m usually making two different things at once.
Prior to going vegetarian, I lost 40 lbs. I have gained about 5 lbs over the last year which, in reality, is no big deal. I am small but I would like to get rid of those 5 lbs if I can…plus I just don’t feel healthy. I know I don’t eat enough during the day and it’s because I just got so tired of bringing the same things for lunch every day that I couldn’t even bring myself to eat them anymore. I eat things like protein bars, cottage cheese, etc. and then I usually have a big dinner of either whole wheat pasta or brown rice with some sort of processed fake meat product and veggies. Very repetitive. Very boring. I eat a lot of frozen morning star & gardein products, which taste good, but I know aren’t good for me. I also eat A LOT of cheese. I feel like my diet is just SO full of processed foods. If I could eat pizza and pasta every day for every meal, I honestly think would, but I also want to start making changes and feeling better physically.
All of this to ask….Can you share some easy, healthy vegetarian recipes with me? Did you find yourself starting to crave less crappy food and enjoy the healthier options over time? I want to eat healthy and I want to feel good but I also don’t want to feel hungry. I see people drinking their kale smoothies and eating their avocado toast and I’m like “wow, I can do that!” And then I’m rushing to get ready for work and I’m like “okkkk nevermind, string cheese and a special K bar it is!” I’d love to hear about how you made the transition to healthier eating with a busy schedule. Bonus points if you’re a fellow carb/cheese lover who used to walk right past the fresh fruits and veggies at the grocery store like I do on most shopping trips lol.