I hesitate some to write this post because people can have very strong opinions on this.
First, I want to say I am not anti-farm nor do I think animals have more rights than people.
Second, I think what people eat is their own personal choice and I truly don’t care what they decide to eat.
I have been dieting all summer. I’ve spent 2 months following The Trim Healthy Mama plan and 3 weeks following Keto. Both plans center around protein at every meal, and mostly from animal products. In all that time, I lost 10 pounds but was not happy with meals as I truly don’t enjoy eating meat. I’ve been eating meat all my life but I’ve just got tired of it.
So for now. I’m not eating meat.
I am eating a little dairy and eggs.
So after some research, I learned it’s called “ovo lacto vegetarian”
For now, I’m not concerned about GMO or organic, I see there may be some benefit in it, but for now, I am not convinced.
My husband is being a great sport about it. He’s enjoying the meatless meals I’ve prepared and has also enjoyed a little meat along the way.
Grands have been here for meatless meals and they ate and never noticed a difference.
I did not purge our kitchen and get rid of all animal products, we will be reasonable about this and not wasteful, nor did I go out and purchase a bunch of specialty products. I did buy more beans. We still have a big freezer with many meat products inside, they will get cooked for company in the future.
And because I am trying to lose weight, I am also avoiding sugar and refined grains as much as is reasonable.
For breakfasts, we've eaten eggs most times.
Below we had eggs with hash browned sweet and white potatoes, and my husband had some precooked bacon from our freezer.
I had a biscuit with all fruit jelly and an egg
Another egg and toasted seed bread
Hot tea with scrambled eggs on toasted seed bread.
Sugar free, fat free vanilla yogurt mixed with a tablespoon sugar free peanut butter and a tablespoon sugar free chocolate chips is so good, it’s called cookie dough yogurt in the keto and trim healthy mama world. I really like it and it keeps me full till the next meal and it can be mixed up in a minute.
I’ve also enjoyed eating fruit whenever I want- melons, berries, pineapple, apples and bananas.
On to lunches and suppers,
Naked okra, hash brown sweet potatoes, fresh fruit and some Tillamook cheese for protein.
Black eyed peas and rice-
Zucchini noodles mixed with a few spaghetti noodles topped with homemade sauce and cheese, sautéed spinach and onions and fresh fruit.
At this meal, my husband skipped the zucchini noodles and only ate spaghetti noodles. He is not a fan of “zoodles”
Red beans and rice with naked okra
We’ve had fried rice several times. This meal had bigger pieces of scramble eggs in the fried rice for protein,
Below was an impromptu meal with 3 grands. We had cheese quesadillas with fresh fruit, veggies and yogurt for the children. I made my quesadilla on a low carb tortilla while the others were on flour tortillas.
Below was a meal when 2 grands were here- I set out peanut butter sandwich ingredients but nobody ate them.
The fried rice, made with the eggs stirred into the hot rice to cook them, was a big hit.
Another meal with 2 grands here was bean and cheese burritos. I put canned refried beans and grated cheese in tortillas, folded them up and heated them in a skillet with a bit of butter. We liked them that night. My son came by the next day and reheated the 2 leftover burritos and he liked them too.
One day, we were in Oklahoma City and we ate at a Golden Corral, a buffet with lots of choices. I had a salad topped with sunflower seeds, Mexican beans and cornbread and several vegetables. My husband had a huge salad, some vegetables and 2 chicken legs. We both skipped all the desserts.
Another day, I was gone all afternoon and hadn’t planned supper. So I stopped at Walmart and got a bag of Italian salad mix and 2 Digiorno thin crust pizzas, one was spinach and the other pepperoni. These were small pizzas, maybe 8 or 10 inch. It cost about $11 total and was cheaper than eating out. I really liked the spinach pizza but it was different from traditional pizza. My husband is a big spinach fan but he didn’t like it, he did like his pepperoni just fine.
For snacks, we’ve had sugar free pudding, nuts, a few peanuts mixed with sugar free chocolate chips, and fruit.
Our verdict? After 8 days, I’ve lost 3 pounds and I feel really good.
Someone at church commented to my husband that he was looking thinner but I don’t think he has weighed. He was happy for the compliment.
This way of eating does take planning but it can be very economical.
We plan to stay with it and see how it goes.
I do have a warning if you’re thinking about looking into this way of eating.
Vegans use no animal products at all and some of them are such purists and activists, they are not very “nice” or subtle. You might come across some disturbing or very rude things looking for vegetarian info.
I’ll post some recipes we like later if anyone seems interested.
However you choose to feed yourself and your family, happy cooking to you ❤️