Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Becoming a Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian...My Life, My Choice...


For quite a few years now I have thought about becoming a vegetarian for health reasons and for animal cruelty reasons and now I have finally decided to take action. 

I stopped eating pork about six years ago after seeing a pig hanging on a meat hook and I stopped eating beef a year or two ago for the same reason. Those who knew me to grow up on meat thought I was crazy but honestly since I've stopped eating both these types of meat I haven't looked back since. I even cooked short ribs of beef for hubby this past Thanksgiving and there was no temptation to eat it at all. Up until recently I continued to eat chicken but while cleaning it I would feel guilty and actually get teary eyed.  When sharing this with a friend she thought I was crazy but that's just how I felt.  This made me think, "Have I not become a vegetarian because I am afraid of what others may think?" Maybe, maybe not but I know now that I could care less. I don't only want to stop eating meat because of my love for animals but also for a healthier lifestyle. With the proper food intake a vegetarian lifestyle is the way to go.  Plus, Dallas BBQ solidified this change for me when I had one of their slammin vege burgers, yummy!

Through friends and research I heard of many different types of vegetarian lifestyles and  because I like to learn new things I decided to conduct some research.  After conducting my research I concluded that a Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian diet was the right fit for me.  This diet consist of not eating any meat, poultry or fish but includes the intake of milk, eggs and cheese.  I then proceeded to research some foods that would help me to receive the nutrients I need on a daily basis and some of those foods are listed below.

Dried Beans which include kidney, black, pinto, chick peas, etc (great source of iron)
Dark Greens which include spinach, turnip greens, collard greens, etc (great source of iron)
Eggs (calcium)
Soy Products (calcium & vitamin B12)
Vegetable Protein Food
Tofu
Soya Beans (antioxidant)
Grains in cereal, bread, rice, etc. (antioxidant)
Mushrooms (antioxidant)
Brazie Nuts (antioxidant)
Seeds (antioxidant)
Cheese if following a Lacto-Ovo Diet (calcium)

This list can go on and on but I'm sure you get the point. There are so many different dishes you can make within the vegetarian diet and as I take my journey I will be sharing them with my fab ones. 

Always remember even if your choice isn't to become a vegetarian just adding some of these foods to your diet will lead you to a healthier lifestyle. I'm not here to change your mind about eating meat because to each is own but I want to share with you my experiences and show you that sometimes change is good. 

One more thing, want to give a shout out to hubby as he has been very supportive of my decision although he is a meat eater himself.  He has even tried some of the vege dishes (boca meals, etc) and likes them, see, you never know. :)

Thanks you all for reading and please make sure to leave your thoughts and comments below.

~Positively Jewls

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