If you have read my blog before, Source love you and feel free to skip the rest of this paragraph where I talk about the genesis of this blog, blah blah blah and etcetera. I will meet you “regulars” in the next paragraph! For you Newbies, thanks so much for stopping by! Here is the deal; I co-host a podcast called Holistically Curious with Kim Balstad. In our bi-weekly podcast, we explore holistic and holistically-related subjects about which we are curious…shocker, huh? The thing about following these subjects down the rabbit hole is that each rabbit hole seems to house the same base elements of physically and spiritually healthy living. Meditate daily, eat healthy whole foods, commune with nature, practice yoga…if you have heard the podcast more than once, you know the drill. We know what is good for us. Some of us act upon this knowledge and some (me) only preach it every other week on iTunes and other podcast servers. There comes a time when The Universe says “Look chick, either Put Up or Shut Up” and I am not about to be disrespecting The Universe! My buddy U-Verse said to take one amazing piece of holistic advice each month for the next year and fully embrace it. Challenge accepted and this blog was born. Month One began with Meditation, Month Two saw me getting rid of the Clutter (mentally and physically) and that brings us to Month Three….
Welcome to Month Three: Don’t Eat Anything With a Face!
Guys, I did a thing! OK, so I did a partial thing but when it comes to doing things that are wonderful for you, partial is far better than not at all. My goal was to eat vegetarian for 30 days. Let’s preface this by saying that my mind and my heart are both vegan but my husband does the cooking for our little family and my lazy desire to continue with this sweet arrangement means that I am generally omnivore. Thankfully, hubby is supportive of my journey and was willing to go along so long as we included eggs and cheese, so vegetarian rather than full-fledged vegan was the way to go for our experiment. For those of you who want to move towards a vegan life-style, or even move slightly into the direction of a meatless life-style, vegetarianism is a really easy step in the right direction.
I have learned that D.O.V (dining-out vegetarian) is a piece of cake. Even steakhouses usually have several selections of awesome salads, soups, and even entrees that qualify as vegetarian. If you are ever in Bedford, NH you have GOT to go to Canoe Restaurant and sample their wild local mushroom bruschetta and their truffle-infused tater tots! Closer to home for me in Rumford, ME is the Good Karma Café which makes the best Greek vegetarian wraps ever.
For those of you not blessed to be living in New England (I say “blessed” because it is summer now—check with me in the wintertime, I may say “cursed”) you probably have far more options than I do. I know for my friends and soulmates in the Austin, TX area the world is your oyster (oyster mushroom?)! You have so many choices for gorgeous vegetarian and vegan meals. For my part, I can honestly say that I have had some of the best restaurant dining experiences during this month, some of which I might never have tried if I wasn’t constrained to avoiding meat.
At home, the plan was surprisingly easy and there were no cheats. We loaded up on vegetables and substituted them for meat in our standard favorite meals. I tried to be mindful of replacing protein so we added a lot of beans to meals and most of the time we ended up with a feast that was as good as or better than usual. Wherever possible, the groceries were all organic and the eggs and dairy from animals that were humanely raised and responsibly fed. Cooking in a more healthful, sustainable way leads to a lot of other great choices as well. During this month, I have pretty much giving up drinking sodas (and this is a huge accomplishment for a girl who easily drank 2-4 liters of diet soda a day) and have developed a new appreciation for cold, pure water. I find that like a wine pairing, I don’t want to pair incredible, healthful meals with a beverage of dyes and chemicals.
The awesome thing about experimenting with your diet is that results are instant. Your body will tell you if you are consuming something that is positive and uplifting just as it will strike back angrily when you are putting something full of bad energy into your mouth. I love the feeling that I have after eating a great Buddha bowl of whole grains, fresh organic vegetables. My body and The Universe were both so appreciative!
Did I cheat? You betcha! I cheated exactly two times, both while on vacation, and I am not going to apologize for them. When your son-in-law is the consummate breakfast chef, you would have to be made of stone not to have at least one of his famous loaded breakfast burritos. I am pretty proud though because I passed on his amazing pork ribs at a family barbecue and that was a feat of not only resisting my own desires but also of resisting the really strong peer pressure of every person present who believed that this meal was THE ONE that I couldn’t possibly miss out on. My other cheat was fish tacos at the Memphis airport. Fish tacos are my personal crack and the only thing that I really craved and mourned the absence of during this month.
So, two cheats—two meals out of the 93 meals consumed during the month. In my mind, this was a successful “Put Up” and one which I will definitely be continuing at least to some extent moving forward—but I would love to know what you think.
Please join me next month when I will share with you Month Four: Communing with Nature. Like all of you, I am a very busy person living a modern life. I recognize the value of getting out there in the great outdoors but will I make the time? Mother Nature is calling to me, will I Put Up or Shut Up?
With much love…so much love,
Teresa York is a writer and the Co-Host of the bi-monthly Holistically Curious podcast. She says, If you are listening to the podcast, it means that you are a kindred spirit! In her journey for a whole and healthy life, she has drawn from her experiences traveling around the world, as well as from the amazing people she has met along the way.
In a quest to enhance her own knowledge of the world around her, Teresa has obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies (mainly Literature and Humanities) and attended The University of Metaphysical Sciences. Because life is full of little surprises, she is also a Third Degree Blackbelt in Tang Soo Do.
Transitioning from a city mouse to a country mouse, Teresa recently moved to a rural town in Maine where she lives happily with her husband, 4 dogs, and a cat. She misses the community of light-seekers which seemed readily available among the larger population of her previous home but she is inspired by pure spirits, wherever she finds them, and happily she finds them in the most unlikely places.