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 …


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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


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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.


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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)


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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.


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My “go to”

Fast, easy, tasty, and healthy are all key

Semi-sweet toast:

  • 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


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Vegan Awesome Stuff

Vitamin B12 source, tastes a little like cheese.


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milk alternatives

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.