OK, so it has been like 18 days since I last had meat. I'm still in shock over it. I'm just not craving it. Go figure! In any case I began wondering to myself and out loud to a few friends "what can I do for my protein?" and "why do I really need protein?" "how can I get more variety in my meals?" So I've been doing a little research, because I really just didn't know, I mean, do YOU REALLY know, or are you like me and figured you need it (protein) because that's what "they say"? In any case I decided to look it up, and I learned some things. # 1 I need a balanced intake of protein because it helps to build new cells and repair damaged tissues along with protecting and keeping my muscles healthy. Foods that are high in amino acids are a good source of such protein. There are lots more to talk about but, that would make this long post even longer. Hint: Look for a part two of this post.
And although I am NOT against meat ( chances are I may wind up being a part time vegetarian, eating some meat when I get a strong urge), it was interesting to read about how some diseases are related to meat consumption. Such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer, while a vegetarian diet can help lower blood pressure, help build a strong immune system and support a healthy digestive system.
With that stored in the useful information section of my brain, I began looking at what will give me the needed protein. I came across so many websites, OMG! However, I realized that some of the articles I read really just reinforced or reminded me of what I knew already, but have not been practicing for about 2 years.
Here are some practical and tasty things for me (& you) to eat as I continue to challenge myself.
- A black bean & diced tomato burrito. Add low fat shredded cheese and low fat sour cream
- Want a burger? It can still be meatless. Click on this link for cool black bean & veggie burger recipes.
- Here's a meatless chili recipe: Make a pot of vegetarian chill): Stir together 1 15 oz. can of drained kidney beans, 1 cup tomato puree, 1 Tbsp. of instant minced onion and 1 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Top with shredded low-fat cheese and serve with french bread.
- Of course I cant ever go wrong with wild salmon, tuna, perfect on a plate of green salad
So, those are a few of the meals I plan on implementing ....as always I'll keep posting my progress...If you have any recipes, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) them to me or leave them in the comments section. Thanks!!