My Food Philosophy - Jentarian
I refuse to let my food intake be governed by nonsensical or overly absolute rule systems. Food is both a great pleasure and a great factor in health. Below is my current (flexible) rule system …
Flexible Scenario-based Rules:
Whenever possible, I order the vegetarian or vegan option.
If I’m somewhere special or my friends have cooked for me, I accept the experience
I really avoid beef, pork, lamb, baby animals, etc with more stringent exceptions
Try to understand source - bad farming and fishing practices are prevalent, labels easily fool the public
Add more veggies or broccoli to everything
Eat alot less of: processed anything, sugars/simple sugars such as soda, starches, potatoes, fried anything
Avoid: pesticides, plastics, preservatives (read the back of everything), artificial sugars, charred anything
Barrier to entry / ease of access use is critical
Just don’t buy stuff
Learning how to be a Vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, whatever-atarian
Beans & Rice
Good thing I love black/red beans and rice. Don’t forget that black beans need rice to make a complete protein. Other complete proteins include quinoa, hemp, nut butters, and tempeh/tofu.
Tempeh and Tofu
Can be really tasty (or done really poorly)
Tempeh - Slice into 1/2 in or thinner slabs and pan fry. Absorbs whatever sauce you put it in (such as sesame soy ginger)
Tofu - Steam with stir fry, pan fry (I like firm cooked in ginger garlic and Tamari)
More Mushrooms & Veggies
I make alot of stir frys at home and when I’m out to eat, I always add some kind of veggie or ask to switch to dark greens.
My “go to”
Fast, easy, tasty, and healthy are all key
Ezekiel bread (toasted) https://www.foodforlife.com/product/breads/ezekiel-49-flax-sprouted-whole-grain-bread
Jelly - Elderberry
Almond butter, walnut butter, pecan butter
Hemp seed, flax seed
Walnuts and pecans (toasted)
Cacao & cacao nibs
Banana or other fruit
Vegan Awesome Stuff
Vitamin B12 source, tastes a little like cheese.
I really love almond, soy, and oat milk. Only some of them are totally preservative free (read the labels). I don’t like the packaging problem however. Whenever possible, I substitute dairy products for non-animal products.