My Veganish Journey
Veganish! Yep, that’s what I call myself. I spent many years of my life researching alternative diets and It was so overwhelming that it kept me from just being healthy. One day, a coworker told me he was vegan. I have a vegan friend but I wasn’t familiar with their meals. I consider myself a food connoisseur so I’m no stranger to the kitchen but I didn’t know where to begin. My first question to him was, “What do you eat??”
He actually took the time to write out meal ideas for each meal. Some were appealing, others not so much. Because the thing is, there’s no meat or meat byproducts so I would have to re-learn my whole life’s eating choices. Let’s face it, most of us grew up preparing our meals around a meat! “I want chicken for dinner.” Pick a vegetable and a starch and you have a meal! But what does one do when meat isn’t the center of your meal?
I started slow. Meatless Monday; breakfast was easy, oatmeal with chopped fruit and granola or dairy-free yogurt with fruit and nuts. For lunch I would eat a steam bag of veggies. For dinner I would make pasta dishes or soups. After awhile I would eat a meatless or vegan meal for lunch on days other than Monday. Six months later I realized that the only time I ate meat was at dinner. It was astonishing to me! I began removing meat from dinner and changed my thoughts to meat sometimes (I have commitment issues😁).
Soon I started trying out new recipes. I would think of what I would normally make and then attempt to veganize it. Now, I feel amazing! I lost weight, I rarely eat meat, and I advocate for meat reduction; EAT meat on the WEEKEND and maintain a Veganish lifestyle. Because for those of us out there struggling with every saucy or Worcester sauce (because it’s not vegan) detail, there are some very judgey (I know it’s not a word) vegans that will push you off the wagon because you meat (LOL, a little jokey joke, in my Martin Lawrence voice)or don’t meet their standards.
So here it is, one thing that has helped me transition is recreating some of my favorite junk foods. I have made Copycat Popeye’s, by frying cauliflower, double dipped in a spicy batter, makes my mouth water as I type. I’ve done a vegan Jucy Lucy, cheeze stuffed beefless burger. And today I have Copycat Jack in the Box Vegan Crispy Tacos. Oh my goodness, these hot crispy, crunchy tacos were everything I wanted them to be and oh so craveable. Check out the video. And for a little inspiration for those straddling the fence, don’t worry about being perfect at least you are actively trying to eat better. Don’t give up because someone discourages you, because I guarantee, people are more concerned about you only eating vegetables then they will ever be if you only ate McDonald’s! Many blessings on your vegan or veganish journey.
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