First, the hair. I finally stopped procrastinating and began mini-twisting my hair. It usually takes me about 3 days to complete mini-twists since I can’t finish them in one sitting. In the pic above my hair is only half completed. I will finish the twists today. My hair is growing ya’ll! I can do real buns now, no more pseudo-buns! Yippee! I blow-dried my hair before beginning the twists and my hair was full and touching my shoulders at almost every angle. The bentonite clay treatments are doing wonders for my hair. I have not even been using shampoo because the clay is super cleansing. It keeps my curls moisturized, soft, and loose. I think that protective styling is also helping quite a bit.
Now, to the topic of this post. I’ve decided to become a veg~tarian! I am deliberately spelling vegetarian in this way because I am not abiding to the social expectations of what people think vegetarianism is, I am defining it for myself in a way that makes me happy and comfortable (inspiration for this labeling from bonzaiaphrodite who is veg*n). Although I am becoming veg~tarian, there may be rare occasions in which I eat fish ( sushi outings, if there is NOTHING else at a restaurant). These occasions will be rare, if they happen at all. I haven’t eaten meat for about two weeks now, but I am still debating whether I will have one last meal with meat. However, I do not crave it or miss it right now. And let me tell you all about the meat withdrawal that I had for an entire week. I had dull headaches for an ENTIRE week! Perhaps I was not drinking enough water, but that is doubtful because I drink water 99.9% of time. It has been very hot and I haven’t had water in my car so perhaps there was a little dehydration, but I strongly feel that I was going through meat withdrawal. Yesterday was the first day that I did not have a dull headache and I feel great today also.
I don’t like to go into anything blind so I have been (and am) doing thorough research into vegetarianism. I’m also reading up on veganism and rawism (I may write an academic article on diet patterns). I am specifically interested in the nutrients that I may need to supplement with other foods. I am not into taking vitamin supplements so I will get all of my nutrients from foods. I’ve found that vegetarians sometimes have low counts of the B complex vitamins, omega3s, and zinc. Therefore I am going to have to expand my vegetable intake as well as keep things like pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast, and ground flaxseeds around. I hadn’t even realized that I tend to eat certain vegetables (peppers, onion, garlic, tomatoes, potatoes, and zucchini) more than others. I’ve recently added carrots, broccoli, and spinach to my vegetable and fruit bin permanently.
I’m not worried about versatile food options at all because even before this decision I cooked vegetarian meals 3-4 days a week. I also love to cook, experiment with food, and read cooking books so I doubt that boredom will set in. Below are pics of what I had for lunch yesterday and today.
I was feeling kind of full and tired after lunch (taebo and walk with daughter this morning) so I made carrot juice. Now, I do not like carrots on their own. I’m not even crazy about them with peanut butter. But I can eat them with other things so since I had to make my little girl some pureed carrots I figured I would make something for myself too. I put carrots, water, bananas, and ice cubes in the blender and this is what I got:
and it was good!!! If you make this I strongly suggest adding plenty of water and ice cubes because it is better cold. My daughter even liked it. She is such a trooper:) I got a great energy boost from this drink. I am no longer tired and feel like I could go for a run or something! This is why I am becoming veg~tarian. I FEEL better when I don’t eat meat and when I eat healthy foods. I will not be cutting dairy out of my diet although I am transitioning to only almond milk, soy/rice ice cream, vegenaise, organic dairy products, and mostly organic food.
I have, and likely always will have a sweet tooth, so I indulge in moderation. Today I was mad craving chocolate so I baked a chocolate-buttermilk sheet cake. I am gladly donating half of it to my husband’s workplace, but of course I saved a little for myself: