It’s just me…the beginning
By • January 9, 2014 • Hodge podge
Fifteen years ago I made a life choice to eat healthier because with my demanding job in the entertainment industry I was on a downward spiral, living off of caffeine, fatty foods and little sleep. I knew I had to do something before I had a heart attack before I was thirty. I stopped eating meat, drinking alcohol, and started working out. The first few days I felt like I was going to die from hunger. I really needed a drink of wine. But, I realized that if I wanted to stick to eating this way I had to break out and find new foods.
One thing I didn’t count on: I was a tropical fish stuck in a lake.
I’m pretty open to foods, having lived abroad, but this was a different story entirely. I was making a lifestyle change.
I would go to the grocery store and troll the tiny organic section of Publix, looking for foods I had never heard of, much less prepared. What the heck is bulgar? Amino what that should be drizzled on all of my foods? Must I eat tofu everyday?
I downloaded recipes off the internet, and bought books praising vegetarian living. I already enjoyed veggies more than meat, and often ate with the Hare Krishnas on my college campus. But, I was never a complete vegetarian, much less VEGAN.
NO CHEESE. NO ICE CREAM. OMG.
Yeah, this isn’t going to last.
Well, it did. At least two months. I just couldn’t give up cheese. But, I was vegetarian for years. I even made a tofurkey for Thanksgiving. I have eaten a raw diet, a juice diet and everything in between. I learned how to cook quinoa, read a food label, and build an organic garden.
I’ve since fallen off the wagon and eat meat now, but still appreciate living a vegetarian lifestyle and make a lot of vegetarian food. The one thing that I never gave up was eating healthy, and I will advocate for healthier choices all of the time. I’m happy that I never gave up experimenting with new flavors, spices, and trying out new foods.
The lake I was stuck in turned into a river, and now it’s a sea.
This life is just too short to not enjoy good food. Plus, I get to drink wine now, too.