My husband and I love documentaries. This year we seem to have focused in on food related ones such as Forks Over Knives and Vegucated. After we watched them we cut back our meat/fish/poultry consumption at least by half. Food Inc prompted my husband to give up red meat almost entirely a few years ago too – with the exception of a Hero Burger here or there. We already follow a gluten free & dairy free diet for the most part (with a few exceptions for the kids) and my husband can’t tolerate corn.
In other news: 3 of my friends and their loved ones have gone vegan this year.
Aside from the kindness to animals (and truly I can’t even get into some of what I saw – seeing the pig in Vegucated get stunned in the head and writhe around on the floor filled my eyes with tears instantly and I had to turn away) the health benefits make it worth it. Everyone I’ve seen or spoken to feels like a million bucks after going vegan. They lose weight, their energy levels rise, their risk of certain diseases diminishes, they no longer require medications and the list goes on.
I can deal with the adjustment period as I know there will be one, it takes time to re-train the mind. BUT I don’t want cooking to be a chore or take forever. How do you make meatless entrees that don’t taste like side dishes? We love fruits and vegetables and want to go all the way but we are really struggling with recipes for dinner. Truly that is the hardest part. Its not the giving up of any one item… it’s the … “errr, what shall we have for supper today? I don’t know, what do you think?”
We’ve been discussing this for months. Scaling back slowly. Now we’re at the crossroads.
Vegetarian? Vegan? Stay as is?
I need direction. I am overwhelmed. Someone help me!