Summer!

Hey friends!

 

I was recently thinking about summer (what college student isn’t?) and I thought about all that I plan to do this summer with my family and friends. What I wanted to blog about today are some vegetarian foods that I love to eat when I am stressed. Some of them are more healthy than  others, but I wanted to share!

 

  • Pizza
  • French Fries (We have a late night dining hall!)
  • Popcorn (I suggest the 100 calorie microwavable ones, they are seriously the best and actually have a decent amount of food in it)
  • Apples and peanut butter 
  • Pretzels and peanut butter
  • A spoon full of peanut butter (yes… I have seriously done this)
  • Pineapple (my favorite food!)
  • Vegetarian burrito with tofu, peppers, onions, black beans, rice and cheese

 

As I look over this list, I realize some of it is healthy (ie- the fruit and peanut butter) and I see some aren’t (pizza and french fires). My best advice for my fellow stress eaters is to make all other times of eating as healthy as possible. So eating healthy all day and sneaking in a workout might help ease the pain of stress eating a burrito and queso. I also encourage drinking A LOT of water. I drink a lot throughout the day, and before and after a stress eat session.

 

Last night, the staff I work on had a pizza party and I went to town. I know that it wasn’t ideal for maintaining a healthy weight, but I know that in a little over a week, I will be home working out and eating a lot better.

 

What do you all eat when you’re stressed?

 

Until we meat again,

 

 

Sarah

I am on a Buzzfeed kick lately, forgive me!

So I was casually scrolling through some things on buzzfeed again, and I came across this great article on why you should date a vegetarian. I absolutely loved it! I have never faced a situation where I have been discriminated against because I am a vegetarian, but I think this is a cute way to show cute quirks of vegetarianism. If I could add to the list, I might add that we are willing to try new foods and things, and that we always find something to eat at restaurants. 

 

And that junk food post… 100% true.

 

What would you add to the list?

 

Until we meat again,

 

Sarah

Must see episode of SVU!

Hey everyone!

I’m a huge SVU fan and I don’t miss a day of watching it on Netflix. Today, I was watching when an episode called “Beef,” which was about an animal rights activist that was murdered. To help solve the crime, the detectives go to a meat factory where she worked undercover to make a documentary.

The factory had cockroaches in the meat, rat feces and dirt everywhere. While I’ve never been to a meat factory myself, I can only assume this is almost factual. The episode also had a character that had severe poisoning from eating meat. It’s a really interesting episode I highly suggest you all watch it.

What do you imaging a meat factory looks like?

Until we meat again,

-Sarah

#VegetarianProblems

Hey everyone!

 

This past weekend, my school hosted their year-end event with free food, music and a carnival. It was a lot of fun and I had a great time with my friends.. until the food came out. They had run out of pizza within seconds, and we were left with chicken fingers. I was so disappointed. I did wind up getting moz sticks later on which made me very happy, but I always feel slighted when the school hosts something and there aren’t vegetarian options. 

Coincidentally enough, I found this today on BuzzFeed and was laughing so hard at some of them! I think my favorite is 22. I would love to go vegan…but eggs, cheese, ice cream….

 

Which ones were your favorites on this list?

 

Until we meat again,

 

Sarah

 

 

 

Peanut Butter… rant time!

Hey friends,

 

I wanted to chat about something I hate and I sure my fellow veggies hate too.. WHEN PEOPLE TELL ME PEANUT BUTTER IS TOO HIGH IN FAT/ UNHEALTHY.

 

Yes, peanut butter is high in fat, but it is a mono saturated fat, which means it is digested differently than fats in ice cream and other high fat foods. (My sister is a nutritionist, I didn’t know that until recently). Also, even so, we veggies do not get protein from meats, and therefore can benefit a lot from a healthy dose of peanut  butter in our lives. I often eat peanut butter on whole wheat toast, or 2 tablespoons with an apple or pretzels. The key is to keep it in portion, and to remember that it isn’t the worst thing in the world. You could  be eating meat. (I kid, I kid)

 

For those with a slight addiction to peanut butter, there are portioned packets which yours truly buys. There are also alternatives such as PB2. It has a less rich taste but it is a good alternative! 

 

 

I hope you all enjoy a big spoon of peanut butter today.

 

Until we meat again,

 

 

Sarah

Celebrity Vegetarians!

Hey friends!

I am totally obsessed with celebrity lives and gossip, so when I found out that these celebrity folks are vegetarians, I had to share! I always forget that famous people are really like you and I, and that they make real life choices, too. I always imagine someone telling them to do something or be something regardless.

 

Anyhoo…

I am most shocked by Ben Stiller… even though he did do that hippie-ish movie this winter.

 

Who are you most surprised by?

 

Until we meat again,

 

 

Sarah

Breaking the Binary

Hey all!

It’s me again! I just watched this video about a presenter at the 2010 Ted Talk Convention named Graham Hill who is a “weekday vegetarian.” Something that he said really got me thinking, and it wasn’t the statistics on animal cruelty or his spiel on saving the environment… it was the idea of a binary between vegetarians and meat eaters. Let me elaborate.

 

Almost every time I tell someone I am a vegetarian, I get the same response:  “I could never do that” or “I just love meat too much.” Something Graham Hill talks about is this idea that society separates people into these two categories (meat eaters and vegetarians) and we make vegetarianism a taboo because it is a large commitment. Graham discusses how he is a “weekday vegetarian,” and he will eat meat on weekends and he even said he occasionally “cheats” on his choice and will eat meat during the week sometimes. He also talked about all the health benefits he is experiencing because of this choice. It is really a great video and I really encourage you all to watch it!

 

At my school, we have a Health Advocacy program that promotes “Meatless Monday” and choosing meatless choices. I think this is a great concept, and I really hope to see an expansion of this program. When I first came to college and saw the people at the table, I decided to participate. I never had the education on this in my younger years.

 

I remember once in High School I watched Food Inc. and was a vegetarian for two weeks. It was really hard to do because my school did not provide meatless choices at lunch besides PJ&J, cheese sandwiches and cheese pizza. Not necessarily the most nutritious or glamorous choices. I tried packing lunches, but when I forgot or it was toward the end of the week and we were running out of food I was back to buying. My parents were supportive, but when your two worlds do not coincide it is hard to maintain.

 

Anyway…

 

I think there needs to be more education on vegetarianism and schools need to provide more options as vegetarianism grows in popularity. I also think there needs to be less labeling of what people are. If someone chooses to eat meat, thats their choice. People should not feel pressured to commit to a title and lifestyle because they choose a meatless meal or day. It’s all good. 

 

 

Thanks for letting me rant, and tell me what you think of the video!

 

Until we meat again,

 

Sarah

Veggie on the road

 

For those of you that know me, you know that I love vacationing and traveling. With the weather where I am being so doom and gloom, I find myself thinking and dreaming I was in Disney World. I love the sun, the beach and doing adventurous things. Last year, I went to Myrtle Beach with my family and we were on the beach in the sun the entire time, and when I was home I hiked a bunch with friends. I can normally find vegetarian options very easily, but I wanted to provide tips and resources for if you’re looking for some meat-free foods while on vacation.

 

  1. For burger lovers like myself, there is typically a meat alternative. They’re usually made of soy, corn or mushrooms. Your server will not think you’re weird if you ask!
  2. Every restaurant has some form of macaroni and cheese… seriously. Even though when I am in the hot sun all day that is the last thing I want but sometimes a veggie has to do what a veggie has to do.
  3. Italian places have great pasta dishes that do not always have meat in them. But like I said, sometimes pasta is the last thing you want.
  4. One of my favorite things to do on the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach was to order a salad and some form of “junk’’ food (fries, fried dough, mozzarella sticks, etc.) It made me feel as if I was eating something with some nutrition while enjoying the local food as well.
  5. Do some google-ing. I found a Disney food blog that showcases all the vegetarian options they have. Like I said, I have been wishing I was in Disney lately so I couldn’t resist looking this up.
  6. While on vacation last year, we would google the menu of all the places we went to because my cousin is allergic to peanuts, so we had to be sure nothing was cooked in peanut oil. You can parooze through veggie options, too!
  7. If you’re the only vegetarian and you’re cooking with friends, I always offer to supply my own meat substitute and give toward the pot of non- meat foods.

 

I hope these tips were a help if you’re planning a vacation anytime soon! 

 

Until we meat again,

 

Sarah

Do Vegetarians have fingerprints?

Hey everyone!

 

I was recently watching Law and Order: SVU and the medical examiner was talking to a detective when he mentioned a victim not having fingerprints because he was a vegetarian, and typically, vegetarians have a low-sodium diet and therefore leave less of a fingerprint behind. That got me wondering if that is true or not.. so I googled it! Sadly, my research concluded that vegetarians do indeed have fingerprints. I guess that means my life in crime is over for now and I will go back to my diva dungeon and watch SVU.

 

On an unrelated to fingerprints note, I am still working out and eating well! I will probably post a food journal post tonight or tomorrow. I am currently training for a 4K race at school… wish me luck!

 

 

Until we meat again,

 

Sarah