No I am not a vegan. But I do have a great appreciation for the lifestyle. I have a few friends who are vegetarian and vegan whom have rubbed off on me in a serious way. But I can share with you my journey on how I began to like vegetarian and vegan meals.
It all started about 2 years ago, I think, when I got really serious about losing weight. I was trying this diet called “The Fat Smash Diet”. Have you heard of it? Anyway, this diet is divided into 4 phases, I think. The first phase you are practically a vegan for about 2 weeks. You can’t eat anything containing sugar, juice, nothing with flour, meat, bread, pasta, not even diet soda. Only food from the earth. Needless to say, I was mad. I think I had an attitude for about 3 days straight. I was hungry. I didn’t know what to eat. I got tired of eat black bean tacos. I was just losing my mind. But something changed during that detox phase and the rest of that diet. My taste buds changed. When I did try unhealthy foods, sweets were way to sweet and meat was something that I no longer found a craving for (although now and then I do crave a fat burger or a steak).
So I got more creative in the dishes that I would make. My vegan and vegetarian friends would invite me over to dinner, share recipes with me, give me suggestions, and gave me helpful tips that would help make the meals taste better. Before I knew it I was eating, at least, one vegan or vegetarian meal a week without me knowing, simply because I felt great afterward.
You are probably wondering if I am a vegetarian or vegan, right? The answer is no. I am not. I am a happy eating omnivore. Although, I have significantly decreased the mount of red meat I eat and if you were to look in my refrigerator you will see more “meatless” products than real meat.I know that I will never be a vegan, but I have contemplated the idea of being a vegetarian on many occasions. I figure that the more I open my mind to trying these meals and make them where they actually taste good, maybe I will become a vegetarian without knowing.
Enjoy the Vegan Cheese Steak!