Back to the Basics

I read (well…actually listened to) two books from Scott Jurek (North and Eat & Run) that inspired me to improve my diet…again. I made it a week or so as a vegetarian before my husband making bacon was too much to resist 😐

Sad excuse, I know. I created several other excuses that are all ridiculous now that I think about it. Learning that Scott Jurek is able to power-through ultra marathons on a vegan diet really amazes me and was just the kick in the ass I needed to make a change.

I’ve read so many books, watched so many movies and documentaries and listened to podcasts and personal stories on the positive outcomes of cutting back or completely eliminating meat. Let me also admit that some of those stories are extreme (and make me think of the fine print “individual results may vary”)and that I never plan on doing a 30 day juice fast like Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.

It doesn’t have to be extreme. The food doesn’t have to be raw or juice. There are so many delicious vegetarian options out there to try! I had a chipotle black bean burger and quinoa with jalapeños and roasted red peppers for dinner and it was delicious. Full of nutrients and flavor. Which reminds me of my time working at McDonald’s. One day I tried a burger patty by itself to see if it was as wonderful without all the toppings. It was flavorless! I didn’t smother tonight’s dinner in cheese, or ketchup and certainly didn’t have to add a spice rack full of seasoning to it to make it palatable.

I know that all of the fruits and veggies I’ve added to my diet for this marathon training seem to taste better than ever before. I swapped out bags of chips for raw veggie slices or pretzel sticks with hummus. I made zucchini bread and suddenly love tomatoes. Nourish bowls are my favorite lunches lately. I am drinking my coffee with a little sugar but no cream and I drink more water than I thought possible. Now that I think about it, other than occasionally having scrambled eggs for breakfast and meat in dinners when my husband cooks, I’m not really making a huge adjustment. Part of me wants to say pescatarian is a good route but then I remember What the Health and and let go of that temptation.

I spent an hour or so at Wegman’s tonight picking out vegetarian options and am looking forward to figuring out what my new favorite foods will be. I’m excited and a little nervous to try tofu for the first time.

I guess I better go look up some tofu recipes🤔

(I also made some skin care products tonight…but I’ll see how my skin takes it before writing more about it)

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