Saturday evening, after watching a show on Netflix called The Game Changers, my husband announced he wanted to go on a plant-based diet. He said the show talked about the health benefits and that we should try it several days a week. Not go full vegan, but cut out meat three to four days per week. The movie featured professional athletes and Olympians who went plant-based and got stronger and gained more endurance. It argued against theories we’ve grown up with that to be strong you need to eat animal protein. The movie explained that plants also offer complete proteins.
When our kids were young, my husband told them that if they wanted to grow up big and strong they needed to eat something “with a face.”
At the exact time my husband said he wanted to cut out meat, I was charring a giant tri-tip on the barbecue that I found half price at the store. I also sauteed shishito peppers in sesame oil, cooked green beans from the farmer’s market and heated up mashed potatoes. It was a delicious meal. Yes, we eat a lot of meat. Would I be able to give it up? Or cut back? I crave protein and eat beef, chicken, pork and fish.
I watched the show on Sunday and thought I could try it a few days a week and see how it goes. We’re both feeling aches and pains we didn’t a year or two ago — and if a plant-based diet makes us feel better and healthier, why not? So, I cooked a batch of lentils. My son introduced me to lentils a few years ago and they are a staple in his diet. He’s not a vegan, but he definitely doesn’t eat meat every day.
I tried a different type that that I haven’t used before, fast cooking red lentils, and I simmered them in vegetable broth for 15 minutes. The package said one cup lentils to three cups liquid. They need to be rinsed before you cook them. Then I prepped garlic, onion, peppers, carrots, celery and cherry tomatoes.
I sauteed garlic and onion and spices in avocado oil. I’m an avocado oil fan because it cooks at a higher temperature than olive oil. It cooks faster and hotter.
The secret is to come up with a blend of spices that you love and season it well. The lentils pick up the flavors of their surroundings.
It was filling and delicious. I sent my husband to a friend’s house with a big slab of the tri-tip roast. I’ll enjoy the leftover tri-tip on a non-vegan day, but if I’m going to try going meatless three days a week, I don’t want it sitting in the fridge staring at me.
Should I try going plant-based three days in a row? Or, mix it up?
Have you tried a plant-based diet? How did it make you feel? I’m not known for a lot of will power. Do you have any tips or recipes I should try? Is it cheating to eat cheese or use butter? Would you give up meat? Why or why not?
Here are some plant-based recipes from the The Game Changers website: CLICK HERE.
I have stopped eating as much meat at dinner, because I feel like I sleep better if I have less ‘heavy’ foods at night. But I do eat meat most days, just at breakfast and lunch. I’m interested to hear what you think after you’ve done it awhile. I’ll be watching for your report! 😉
I usually eat more meat earlier in the day too. I’ll let you know how it goes.
After looking a the cost of meat in the grocery store, we are considering the part time Vegan thing, but not for completely different reasons than you. “Being healthy” is not a factor as much as “being broke” is.
I bought the tri-tip because it was marked down 50%. But you can buy a whole lot of lentils for what I paid for the roast.
Or even more boxes of macaroni and cheese.
I don’t mind veggie based meals, however, I don’t like “meat alternatives”. I tend to eat veggie based meals when my husband is away.
I haven’t been a fan of meat alternatives either — except for Boca burgers.
I try to eat as little processed foods as possible. I buy very little in cans or boxes or frozen. The only things I have are a can of tomatoes, chick peas, frozen peas and frozen fruit. Of course I have some condiments but I go for artisanal stuff
When I was pregnant with my daughter I craved processed foods like bologna sandwiches, Kraft Mac and cheese and Ho ho’s. But only then.
I craved cherries. I NEEDED cherries!!😆
And no to giving up dairy and animal protein entirely. I might live longer, but I’d be far less happy
I agree! A couple days a week cutting back is entirely different than going vegan.
I eat less meat but I could never go vegan. I love cheese too much, HA!
Cheese is wonderful!
It really is.
I went low/no carb rather than plant based and I feel great. Los 70 pounds and lowered my blood sugar numbers so I no longer have to take meds for diabetes. I don’t want to stop eating meat. That said, I do have just salads sometimes. Whatever works for you and makes you feel better is the right thing to do!
That’s amazing! Good for you.