isn’t it funny, how you can hear the same message over + over and never do anything about it. but one day, for whatever reason, it strikes a chord and you make a change. the husband + I watched the highly-controversial, frequently talked about documentary on netflix: what the health. I’ve seen similar documentaries before. they’ve made me stop + think about my food choices, but never enough to actually make a change. until that day!
in august, the husband + I decided to focus on eliminating animal products from our diet and eat more plant-based. it was a real struggle, at first. I live in the midwest. I was raised on meat + potatoes, smothered in cheese. we made the decision – no more meat – then looked at each other and wondered “so, what do we eat?”
why I stopped eating meat –
the question I get the most is: why? valid question! personally, it came down to two things: health + greed. I say greed, because the demand for meat + dairy products is substantial. when demand is high, there are organizations that see only dollar signs + do whatever to meet the demand. I can only assume corners are being cut. as an iowan, I picture happy cows, wandering grassy fields, but I’m not naive enough to believe that’s where the majority of “grocery store meat” is coming from. as for health, we have a history of heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol in our families. if there was something we could do to lower our risk + be around longer for our little baby – why wouldn’t we at least try?
honestly, the biggest challenge has been learning to create + cook meals without meat. but on the flip-side: it’s been the most fun! I am fully out of my comfort zone + forcing myself to be creative. which is welcomed, because I had hit the “uninspired, cooking the same meal every night of the week” low. I’m regularly incorporating ingredients I’d never heard of or was too intimidated to try .. like jackfruit!
it’s been an adventure, but in a rewarding “we can do this” kind of way. as I continue to discover, create + perfect recipes, I will share. because if nothing else, it will help answer the “if you don’t eat meat, WHAT DO YOU EAT?” question.