My 12-year old daughter came to me the other night and asked if she could become a vegetarian. I was not as surprised as my husband, because I have been watching her eating habits (and I buy her food).
After asking her reasoning for wanting to, discussing the foods she would be giving up and making sure she would increase certain foods, to which she consented to, I agreed. I was a vegetarian for a decade, at one point, so I would be able to help her make sound dietary decisions.
Her dad is less than a happy camper. I blame it on his carnivorous side. He gave me grief the entire time we were dating and even after we were married, about not eating meat. He forgets, I would make dual meals; for him and myself. He is also worried she will be picked on when she doesn’t eat the same foods her friends eat. I give her friends more credit than he apparently is. This is his only baby girl and I think he’s not ready for her to grow up and make more decisions on her own.
That being said, I also took her new endeavor as a way to add it to her homeschool life. It’s great for nutrition, label-reading, discussions on ingredients, proper food combining, recipe research and essays. I give her so much credit and am so proud of her. She is taking this seriously. I often get calls/texts at work telling me about a new website she’s been to regarding being a vegetarian. She’s excited to share what she’s found.
I have told her how proud I am of her. I loved being a veg-head. I reiterated several times, that in this dietary journey, if she’s not willing to eat the proper foods, I will not allow her to be a full vegetarian. I have expanded my dietary palate, over the years, which will provide additional knowledge for my daughter.
While I doubt I will ever go back to being 100% vegetarian, I welcome this change to bring more vegetarian dishes to our table (same meat dishes for the hubby) and see how she does. Who knows, she may choose to stick with this; only time will tell.
If you have a Facebook account, you might be familiar with a semi-new feature called, “On this day”. It allows you to look back on your posts that you made that day, from years ago. Some days, the memories are ones I don’t care to remember. Others are one that I can’t believe I had forgotten or immediately bring a smile to my face.
Since 2012-2013, when I discovered I had Celiac’s Disease, during one of the hardest times in my life, losing my sister and mother within a year of each other, I started undergoing a body transformation.
Can I pinpoint exactly what has caused the weight-loss I experienced? No. There’s been a combination and I to say which one has done more is virtually impossible. Obviously, having to change my diet to a gluten-free one was a factor. Having a stress-level, that probably reach an unhealthy level was another. Then there were the days and weeks that I was accidentally “glutened” or just didn’t care and ate food that would hurt me. My body responded appropriately and emptied my system (rather violently at times) and/or caused great pain to remind me that I can’t do that. Eating healthier, giving up soda, becoming addicted, and competitive, on with my basic FitBit, drinking more water has all played a factor in my weight loss.
So what does this have to do with Facebook? On July 6, 2016, I had “memories” to look back on and there was one from 2013. I couldn’t believe looking at the picture how much I had changed. Ironically, that morning, I had my daughter take a full body pic of me (almost never do this). I had her do it because I liked the comfy outfit I was wearing and the jeans now another size smaller.
I decided to put the two pictures side by side. I was blown away. So much so, I shared it with my Facebook friends. Those who know me, know I don’t share many pictures of myself, esp. full body ones. Even my eldest child, who loves to give me grief and isn’t known for compliments, gave me credit for my dramatic change. I didn’t spend money I didn’t have on a gym, diet pills, or even increase my exercise level dramatically. I walked a bit more and watched what I was eating. Ok, I had to watch what I was eating because of the Celiacs, but it was still an opportunity to evaluate my food and beverage choices. I occasionally will have a soda from time to time or on a bad day, eat half a tub of ice cream, but I still am dropping the weight because I choose to make a conscious effort.
I never thought I would lose as much weight as I have; over 40 pounds. It’s staying off because it’s been gradual. Slow and steady wins the weight-loss race.