I have a love affair with meat. Steak, sushi, pork tenderloin, I love it all. Yet I’ve turned vegetarian for the month because I’m convinced of the health benefits of a plant-protein based diet versus an animal-protein based diet.
The China Study. Read T. Colin Campbell’s The China Study and you’ll be converted. The book is recognized as the most comprehensive nutritional study ever conducted on the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.
I’m confident the diet is good for me, but it’s been oh-so-hard! I can see the finish line at the bottom of the hill, and my heart is filled with hope. I’m nearing the end of my 30 day vegetarian challenge for the month. Just 2 more days, and here I come medium-rare ribeye!
Yummy Eats. While I yearn for meat, I’m still having fun discovering new delicious foods. A fellow blogger suggested quinoa as a protein source. Wow, this stuff is tasty. I sampled a few dishes at my local whole foods grocery store. It has a light, nutty, fluffy flavor, and it’s high in protein. Check out Healthy. Happy. Life. for more on quinoa. This site is also a good resource for vegan recipes (a vegan is a strict, all-the-way-nothing-from-animal vegetarian).
My favorite local eat of the week was a vegetarian quesadilla from Chef Louis Bruno at Bruno’s Adobo. He specializes in delicious, healthy dishes. His quesadilla was filled with peppers, onions, and manchego cheese (a fantastic buttery cheese!). It’s served pico de gallo and an arugula salad on the side, and I added a cup of his black bean soup. This combo was very yummy and filling, I did not miss meat at all.
So, what’s your favorite vegetarian or vegan dish?
In case you are wondering. There are different types of veggie eaters:
- Ovo-vegetarian diet includes eggs but not dairy products
- Lacto-vegetarian diet includes dairy products but not eggs
- Ovo-lacto vegetarian diet includes both eggs and dairy products
- Vegan, or strict vegetarian, diet excludes all animal products, including eggs, dairy, and honey