The short answer is no.
Well, the long answer is no too, but…let me explain.
I’ve been asked by a lot of people if I’m vegan or vegetarian…and the answer is (still) no. But that doesn’t mean I eat meat regularly, in fact, I barely eat meat at all.
I eat fish and I eat eggs. So if you consider fish a meat, which I suppose technically it is, then yes, I eat meat on a regular basis. I also eat dairy. So what is that? Pescatarian? Lacto-ovo vegetarian? Flexitarian? MOSTLY plant based? I don’t even know any more.
Ok, technically I suppose I’m a Lacto-Ovo-Pescatarian. It does kind of make me sound like a superhero (Just put SUPER in front of it)…or like I have a disease. Either or.
So let’s just go with healthy. For the most part. 80/20. That’s what it means to me.
Here’s the thing: If someone makes me dinner with chicken broth, I’m going to eat it. I don’t feel like being crazy so I choose not to be. Trust me, this makes life WAAAAAY easier. You may not agree with it, but that’s ok.
Did I cook a turkey at Thanksgiving? Yes. Did I eat it? No. Did I eat the stuffing that was cooked inside of it? You bet I did. But my table was also covered with a plethora of other brightly coloured and awesome vegetables like brussel sprouts and carrots and parsnips and squash and sweet potatoes and green beans and peas and cranberry sauce and roasted veggies and stuffing (and a lego character)….whew. Well, it was Thanksgiving after all.
I choose what my children eat and I try and cram as many fruits and veggies and grains and legumes and nuts and seeds into them as I can. But when they ask for meatballs? Well, they’re getting meatballs. They can decide when they’re an adult (as I am apparently) if they would like to stop eating meat and meat products. I will expose them to everything and let them make that choice when they’re older. Just to be clear. I still believe I am giving my children a very nutritious diet and healthy upbringing.
I don’t ever want to mislead anyone or want people to think I eat a certain way and then be upset if I post an article about eggs. For me, I try to be realistic. I stick to as many fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds as I can. I like cheese. A lot. I swear, if cheese didn’t exist, I would probably be vegan. But I can’t. Because cheese.
I LOVE vegan food. Absolutely love it. And vegetarian? Of course! Remove the meat and I’m a happy camper.
You know why I did it? Sure, I do feel bad for animals. I TOTALLY DO. But ethical reasons is not actually WHY I did it. It was health reasons. Not because I was sick (I know, everyone loves a comeback story) but because I didn’t want to GET sick and I believe there is a correlation between excess (and usually poor quality) meat and some chronic diseases.
And you know what? SO far, so good.
I’ll (obviously) let you come to your own decisions about all of that. I’m not a preacher, nor do I judge. I do what I do and you do what you do. I just hope that some of the things that I do, you like! And maybe you’ll incorporate some of my healthy meals into your family’s meal plan. You choose which ones and I’ll just keep throwing them at you.
It’s all about being healthy and BALANCE. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: BALANCE. You need to live your life and you need to be happy. I want you to do that AND be healthy because without health, we truly have nothing. You can’t be happy if you’re not healthy. And you can’t enjoy food if you’re not healthy.
So let’s do it all! It IS possible to have heath, happiness and eat foods you enjoy. And let’s get our kids involved. Because kids in the kitchen are the best!