I made the switch

 

As I mentioned in this post, I’ve realized that cow’s milk is just no good for me. Not sure if I’ve become lactose intolerant or what, I just know dairy makes me feel icky, and I don’t need a doctor to put a label on it.

 

So I did my grocery shopping today and got these – they taste good! I’m pleasantly surprised. The only issues I see are 1) I can’t go a day without yogurt; I can’t give it up but am not too keen on soy/coconut yogurt; 2) Buying coffee – Dunkin and Wawa have regular stuff and Starbucks is the only place I know that offers soy milk as an option (it’s out of the way and a lot more expensive).

 

I was told that Greek instead of regular yogurt should help and I did buy one small cup of soy yogurt to try. And I’ll either have to start making my own coffee at home again or taking soy creamer with me (??).

 

SEE. This is why I’ve avoided being vegetarian/vegan. You have to have and do all of this special stuff. It’s all high-maintenance. lol Worth it, but work, geez… I will say – the few times I’ve toyed around with the idea of being vegetarian/vegan, I’ve kinda thought that it’s too extreme. But in looking at my own diet, I’m not that far off…

 

I’ve pretty much always been a polpescetarian – I don’t really like the taste or texture of beef/pork, and as I got older and  realized the impact they can have on your health, I definitely backed away. Sausage makes me gag. Even turkey sausage. Don’t get me wrong, a hamburger or a hot dog at a BBQ aren’t bad, and bacon is ok, but the stuff they put in them…freaks me OUT (especially after watching Food Inc./Forks Over Knives). Turkey bacon is good and I’ve embraced bean burgers (surprisingly not a huge difference from beef).

 

So continuing along the vegetarian scale, the next hurdles would be eggs and milk. Once I realized that I’m pretty much cutting out milk products from my diet now, I thought hell, I might as well just be a vegan. But then I thought – no way in hell I’m giving up eggs. I had some amazing cheese scrambled eggs at the diner as my post-workout meal this morning. So the term “ovo-lacto vegetarian” popped into my head. But then I’d be an “ovo-vegetarian.”

 

Finally, I realized, that to really, really be an ovo-lacto vegetarian, I’d have to give up: chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, crab, and cheese…which means…NO PIZZA EVER AGAIN. Yeah, OK. I’d give up milk, eggs, and yogurt before pizza. I only eat pizza like once a month, but the thought of never having it again makes me dizzy. (I’ve tried vegan pizza – NOT the same.)

 

In conclusion: screw the labels, I’m just going to stop consuming what makes me feel gross; and clearly, I’ve over-thought this whole thing…like I do everything else in my life. The end.

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2 thoughts on “I made the switch

  1. If the dairy makes you feel icky, the cheese on the pizza may still make you feel a bit of ick. I’m a vegan, and I eat pizza once a week! I just make my own, and the vegan cheese you use makes a HUGE difference. Lots of vegans like Daiya…I don’t. I think it has a wierd aftertaste. I found Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet mozzarella, and that melts and tastes SO MUCH better! Even my omnivore man loves it. You don’t have to give up the stuff you love, just find a kind alternative. And if you can’t do it, don’t be hard on yourself. The cheese won’t be as bad on you as the stress hormones most people have when they try a new “diet.” Keep an open mind and enjoy whatever you decide to eat 🙂

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