I am not vegetarian, although I do eat like I am!
Very recently I’ve gotten comments from a few who thought I was strictly plant-based, which to me is an interesting observation. Through my own personal observations, I believe it’s true that when we see others eating plentiful amounts of fruits and vegetables without a fat steak on a plate, we are quick to assume they’re vegetarian or vegan, especially when our society is unfortunately so accustomed to the SAD (Standard American Diet). Though these are two popular diets that are known for consuming high amounts of fruits and vegetables, we all should be doing our absolute best to incorporate these vital foods daily, no matter what our food lifestyle is!
So yes, I eat meat.
But for me – a quality source of animal protein is now the condiment of my plates – the side dish, not the main course. I have also shifted to eating meat mainly once a day to balance out my protein intake, get in some quality nutrients (B-12 being one), leave more room for greens & other wholesome foods, and for environmental reasons (much of the deforestation in the Amazon [Rainforest] basin can be contributed to cattle ranching – so even swapping the beef for a plant-based plate one meal out of the day can make a difference in the environment and your carbon footprint).
On that note, let’s get you started on a plate of nourishment:
On my plate (choose your portions):
- Organic mixed greens
- Green onion
- Crumbled goat cheese
- Pumpkin seeds
- Pink salt
- Black pepper
- Olive oil
- Fresh lemon juice
- Vegan cream cheese