The popular documentary, What the Health, has many Americans wondering how they can become vegans. It has shined a light on practices of farmers, doctors, the government, and most importantly, us as consumers. At some point, we have all failed to make the best decisions in regards to our health and food consumption. What the Health has sort of awakened a desire to do better. For some, becoming vegan or vegetarian has become a top priority. Personally, it has helped me to become even more conscious about what I am feeding myself and my family.
I Watched What the Health. Now What?
Right after watching the documentary, my husband and I quickly decided we no longer wanted to be so familiar with meat. We grilled up 90% of the meat from our refrigerator and freezer as a last hoorah. For the past four years, pork and red meat has not been a part of our diet, especially mine. It was a decision I made due to adult acne and dreadfully long periods. I quickly saw great results in my health after a month of not eating those meats, so I continued. My husband will occasionally order a burger or steak, but I always opt for a poultry or seafood option. The documentary revealed to us that although we aren’t the worst eaters, we still were making food choices that needed a little tweaking. I’ll be honest, although I initially wanted to start a vegan diet, I realized it just wasn’t completely realistic for my family. So now what?
My family and I are essentially now on a meatless diet. During the week we have found that meals sans meat have been delicious and that if one of us desires to occasionally eat meat, it’s ok. It’s all about moderation for us, but the more we eat meatless meals, the easier it is to enjoy them. We haven’t given completely up on dairy either, which was greatly discussed in What the Health, but we’ll tackle that at another time. Sometimes taking baby steps can give the best results.
Meatless Meals We Eat
We only begun our meatless journey two weeks ago. So far we have managed to eat three meatless meals per day, with the exception of one visit to Chick-fil-A (our favorite fast food joint) after Vacation Bible School. Here’s an idea of what our meals look like:
Cream of Wheat
Peanut Butter Toast
Green Leaf Salad with Veggies
Hummus and Pita Chips
Cheese Pizza/Veggie Pizza
Pasta with Tomato Sauce
Fettucine with Mushrooms and Spinach
Curry Chickpeas & Rice, Homemade Naan
Green Leaf Salad with Veggies
I won’t pretend to live a perfectly healthy lifestyle. While most of our grocery list can be find in the organic and natural sections of the store, I could certainly stand to exercise more and eat even healthier. However, you won’t find my family and I going to extreme lengths to change our eating habits completely because of a Netflix documentary. We’ll do the best we can and do what works for us, like every family should.
Have you seen the documentary? Has it prompted you to make any dietary changes?
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