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Thursday, June 2, 2011

rebuilding my temple!

Ok, so I am just about finished reading "Skinny B*&!#h" and must say the book is a real eye opener (if you haven't read it yet, go do so now)! I don't know why I have never wondered about what I am putting into my body, rather than just mindlessly eating what tastes good! So here is what I got from it: after reading what they say about slaughter houses and animal farms I no longer have the desire to eat meat at all. I am seeing meat in a new light, and it is not a good one. I feel like I can get healthier, less fatty protein from other sources such as beans, lentils, and tofu. I'm not sure how my husband will feel about no longer eating his beloved steaks and chicken (eww!), but I have convinced him to try some other things; he even agreed to eat a bratwurst made from vegetable protein (which, may I add, tastes really wonderful)!!! So I'm thinking I'll feed him meat 2 or 3 times a week. As for my daughter, I'm trying to win her over with vegetable protein 'chicken tenders' and 'hotdogs': totally meatless versions of her favorites. Now if only I can find some meat free bacon....

As for veganism, I feel like that is a little unrealistic for us. It's so hard to cut out all dairy, seeing as it is in virtually everything! Breakfast foods, cookies, breads, yogurts, coffee creamers, salad dressings, pasta sauces, and cheeses, just to name a few. And I feel like we will still do eggs every now and then. However, I will be buying all organic. And I no longer drink milk, I've been switching back and forth between soy milk and almond milk. My taste buds need a little getting used to the idea, but I think after a few more weeks I'll be hooked. I hope to eventually win my husband over and stop buying milk from a cow altogether. Now if only I can find him some dairy free ice cream! Then I'll really have him on my team! That man does love his milkshakes...

For me, this diet change is all about health. I just want myself and my family to be as healthy as possible, so that we can enjoy long lives together. I want to impart healthy living to my children so that they can pass it on to theirs. I know God wants us to take care of our bodies, in the Bible He consistently tells us to care for our temples. The book has made me more aware of what I'm putting into my mouth, and that's a good thing :)

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