No, I do not consider myself a vegan. When people ask me I tell them I am on a mostly plant based diet. It may sound silly, but I just try to be honest about my diet to others.
I wanted to talk about my diet because it's a common ground for people who don't want to commit to full veganism, but do want to have a healthier diet.
I am going to start with what I cut out and than mention what I still have in my diet.
- Dairy products (excusing the sprinkle of parm I may put on my pasta.)
- Beef products like steak
- Whey protein (fun fact- did you know its a dairy product?)
- Processed meats like bacon and sausage
- Overly processed snacks
That's not too bad!
- Eggs once a week if that
- Chicken once every month (could live without it.)
- Pork (love it too much to let it go.)
- Non dairy ice cream! I honestly think it tastes better than normal. (non dairy ice cream haul soon to be posted)
- All the veggies and fruits you could think of!
- shrimp, scallops, crab, fish like salmon (only wild caught, NEVER FARM RAISED)
Changing my diet really changed me as a person. Cutting the dairy alone made me feel so much better. But the one thing that I really loved was that changing my diet made me a better cook. I think because I was so into creating new plant based meals it showed me how much I really love cooking. It's exciting to make meals and see what kind of foods you can substitute for meat and dairy. My cousin and I started Lettuce Get Fit in August, and I think one of the reasons we wanted to start up the business was due to our new love of using plant based foods.