I had started this year without any resolutions. Then on the third day, I came across a Facebook post from a little known Egyptian actor. He was talking about starting a plant based diet and how in just 3 months, he not only dropped weight, but felt more energetic and lost a lot of physical problems he had had for years. He said he’s eating a lot of the things he loves, like pasta, rice and potatoes, but also a lot of fruits, vegetables and beans. He wasn’t promoting anything, just sharing something he found very useful for himself. I trusted his story thus was very confused! I thought carbs and weight loss were contradictory.
I had come across vegan youtubers before, who claimed to eat all the carbs they want and keeping their bodies very lean, but I always thought there was a catch, something they’re not sharing… but here was that actor, someone who isn’t a blogger, vlogger nor nutritionist, and still benefited from this calorie-full diet.
After reading further on the plant based diet and the forks over knives way, I realized that most informations I had about food were wrong! That it’s not important how many calories we eat, but rather “how” we eat them.
And although we have AMAZINGLY delicious plant based food in Egypt, I never thought about it as eco-friendly nor healthy. Thinking about ‘Koshari’, ‘waraa Enab’ (which is stuffed vine leaves) and of course ‘Foul and Falafel’ (which is the traditional Egyptian breakfast) I feel sad am realizing this while 2 thousand miles away..
Making these realizations pushed me to make small changes in my dietary lifestyle. taking it slowly, I decided to have one Vegetarian day a week. It’s my one and only resolution for the new year. Started the very next day I read the article, and it was a Monday, so I get to call it “meatless Monday”!
On the very first meatless Monday, I had lots of fruits and a most delicious pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil. Honestly I felt good, I was completely satisfied and didn’t miss having chicken or meat. I later realized I didn’t have enough protein that day. So on the next meatless Mondays I added oatmeal, quinoa, beans, mushrooms so I can get my daily recommended protein. I try not to have dairy products that day but it’s hard for me to cut off milk because I use it In my coffee. Next week I’ll look for some “lait d’amande” in the supermarket ( that’s almond milk)
The reason I wanted to write about this is that this day has changed a lot in my eating habits in the rest of the week too. I used to eat next to Zero fruits, but since I started buying them at least once a week, I eat them. And since I look for beautiful vegetarian plates full of veggies for meatless Monday, I end up eating these veggies all through the week too. I also started monitoring my protein and vitamins intake which is good because I usually never cared about what I eat as long as it’s delicious 😀
If you’re like the old me and you don’t eat enough fruits and veggies I invite you to try a meatless day a week and watch it change your life! Let me know how it goes.