Let’s talk healthy eats! I’m all about a healthy lifestyle – so in addition to working out, doing yoga, and taking walks as I wrote about last week, I consistently make healthy food choices. And who doesn’t love good food?
I’ve been a pescatarian for 5+ years now. Not a huge fan of the word “pescatarian” but we’ll go with it. So, what’s that mean anyway? Well, I don’t eat meat – beef, pork, chicken, etc. – but I do eat fish, eggs, and dairy. For me, this is a lifestyle, not a diet. I dislike the word “diet”, as it has a negative connotation, and it typically indicates that it’s something temporary. “Diets” are hard to maintain and aren’t very motivating, IMHO. But a lifestyle? Now I can get on board with that.
For the last 5 years, being a pescatarian has worked for me. Haven’t had any issues – I’m overall healthy, which I am immensely grateful for. I am looking to make some changes to what I eat though, which is why I decided to write about this today. I figured I’d like to document my journey to hold myself accountable, and to inspire and help others – yep, maybe even you!
As I mentioned, I eat eggs and dairy, but to be honest, I’ve spent the last 3 years eating WAY too may eggs. So, I’m looking to cut back, or maybe even eliminate them all-together, I’m not sure yet. I don’t consume a ton of dairy – I’ve been drinking almond milk the last few years, but I do enjoy a good latte with regular milk every now and then. And I’ve always eaten lots of Greek yogurt in my smoothies, plus I love half & half in my morning coffee. Oh and cheese, but so far, I’ve eliminated that already. I’m told it contributes to belly fat…who knew? 😉
Last week I stopped used Greek yogurt and it’s been HARD. Man, did it make my smoothies creamy and delicious. And this week I cut out using regular half & half, plus I cut out egg for the most part. I did have eggs as part of dinner one night and lunch the next day. I also had some RX Bars hanging around, so I’ve been eating them, and they have egg whites in them. But, nonetheless, this is progress.
I did find some alternatives to use, so that’s been exciting – I’m still in the testing phase though. Right now I’m using dairy-free probiotic yogurt. The yogurt is more like the consistency of heavy cream, so really it’s a liquid and nothing like Greek yogurt. It also doesn’t have anywhere near the amount of protein, which is a huge bummer. Overall though, it’s good and goes well in my smoothies – no complaints. I definitely came across some dairy-free yogurt options that had a decent amount of protein, but also just too much sugar, which I’m not up for.
As for my half & half, I found a plant-based option, but the jury is still out on this one. I like strong coffee, so it doesn’t necessarily bother me that it doesn’t lighten my coffee a ton. I could always add more, but I tend to stick to the 2 tablespoons. I dislike flavored creamers, and this one seems to have some sort of flavor I cannot pinpoint, even though it’s “original”, meaning no added flavor. I like that it doesn’t have any added sugar, so I can control how much to add. One other small complaint, my last drink of coffee tastes a bit powdery from the pea protein in the half & half, so that’s a smidge odd. Not a deal breaker though.
I am starting to make these changes for a few reasons. The main reason is to see if eliminating or cutting back on eggs and dairy will improve my skin. I have fairly sensitive acne-prone skin, and I’d like to find a solution. It just never occurred to me that I may be allergic or have a sensitivity to these items and perhaps they are contributing to my skin issues. I’ve read a TON about “solutions” for acne-prone skin, but I take it all with a grain of salt because every body is different. I’ve also tried a TON of different things to see what works and what doesn’t, so this is just another option I’m willing to try.
Another reason I decided to make this change is because it seems that my stomach does not tolerate milk as well as it used to. Maybe I’m becoming lactose intolerant, or at the same time, the sensitivity could also easily be attributed to the fact that I don’t drink regular milk often at all, so when I do, it upsets my stomach. Who knows? So I’m kind of just testing things out and will see where it goes.
Overall though, I need to become more familiar with plant-based eating a whole, so I’m on the lookout for any good books to help me learn. I also just need to find some yummy recipes to make. I have my eye on Oh She Glows and Minimalist Baker – I LOVE their blogs! Both of them have cookbooks that I am looking to buy as well. Actually, a few years ago I made several recipes from The Oh She Glows Cookbook, which was her first book. LOVE!
Here’s the thing, it can be intimidating to eat plant-based if you don’t know what to eat, or how to make good meals. For me, I can cook up a storm, and I know enough to know what I should be eating. I just have to put it into practice (read: need to actually cook more often) and make it even more a part of my healthy lifestyle. It’s all a learning process!
So here’s to the start of my new food journey – I’ll let you know how it goes. Until then, eat good food and live healthfully!