Even before the Covid scare, when it comes to cooking, Home is where the heart is... Between my wife and I, I'm the one who does 90% (or more) of the cooking (she's in charge of everything else). Most days, it's cleaner, yummier and cheaper just to eat in. We used to order pizza a fair amount (the missus is a pizza-addict) but now we make our own! Same with Indian or Thai cuisine.
Nonchalantly, not too long ago, my wife recommended that I watch a documentary on Netflix, The Game Changerswhich made me revise everything that I used to think about eating meat, nutrition and plant-based diets.
One quote after another made me sit up and question my assumptions about strength (after all, the world class athletes featured in this film were all following plant-based diets) as well as the true cost of meat on our health (heart diseases, cholesterol, cancer) as well as the planet :
The single biggest source of habitat destruction is livestock sector: meat, diary, egg and fish farming use 83% of the world's farmland and are leading drivers of deforestation, depletion and pollution of fresh water.'
1 hamburger=2400 liters of embedded water
One of the interesting tidbits I learned from this fascinating documentary is that our ancestors, contrary to popular belief, might have been vegetarian, and that we were not really built for meat -- neither our long intestines nor our canines (which were designed, like gorillas, for scaring other animals, not eating them). Also, I learned that most protein is, in fact, plant based -- while animals are merely the abused and exploited middleguys.
Now, I love my greens and am something of a smoothie fiend, anyway. But, one week into this food experiment and I admit that I'm was running out of ideas. I mean, how many bean-based burgers and veggie meals can one have? And, giving up eggs, dairy products and cheese is not easy (I adore cheese and milk and yogurt are in many a yummy dish)!
Trying to remain as creative as I can, switching to brown rice, drinking my v8, soups, lentils, hummus, etc... with the limited resources I have --it's surprisingly expensive and counter-intuitive, that being vegan should cost more, but check out a plant-based restaurant menu?! Also, relying on vitamin supplements, for the time-being, such as B12 which I learned can be missing from a vegan diet.
So, I don't know how long this fast would last, but I gave it a go anyways and if felt good detoxing and losing a little weight, while I exercise my will to do something good for myself. Why not look into it and give it a try?
Eventually, (no surprise) I gave up on being a vegan (too hard) but I still like to start my days with a smoothie & a handful of almonds & maybe, have a soup for dinner. Here, for example, is a creative lunch: a kale burger, chickenless chicken and some fries :)
I, even, managed to convert my carnivorous wife to meatless meatballs (like the ones in our meal, above) which actually taste delicious —- like a cross between meat and falafell.
When in doubt, or we’ve run out of food (and I’m lazy or broke) soup is always the go-to meal for me, such as this tasty mix of black beans, tomato & greens.
Lastly, being part rabbit & wholly Mediterranean, I enjoy snacks like the one above: stuffed grape leaves (aka dolma), olives, carrots, etc... washed down with a glass of V8 (vegetable drink) & a twist of lemon.
Cheers & stay healthy!