Q is for Quinoa

When I met my boyfriend, he was a vegetarian. It wasn’t something I had ever considered before, mainly because I like bacon so much, but after dating him a few months, I decided to give it a try. I liked the idea that it might make me eat healthier and I also liked the idea that I could be lessening the burden of some poor animal somewhere.

It’s definitely more difficult to find things to eat. I felt like I was always online trying to find a new recipe or a new way of eating something. I’ve realized that I’m a pretty lazy person when it comes to food, and that doesn’t necessarily mesh well with being vegetarian.

I ended up finding a few things that I loved to eat and Quinoa was one of them. I would still really like to learn how to make it and use it in meals because the only time I have eaten it, it was prepared by someone else. I’ve already mentioned the Kale and Quinoa salad I found at one of my favorite sandwich joints. There is also a grocery store near my house that offers a pretty fresh, healthy deli (for a grocery store) and they make a killer quinoa salad. It has a lot of vinegar in it, which is probably why I like it so much.

I enjoyed being a vegetarian, but my body didn’t. I had some serious stomach issues and decided it wasn’t worth the time and trouble just to feel sick all the time. Maybe I wasn’t doing it correctly. Maybe I wasn’t getting enough nutrients in what I was eating. I don’t really know. I just know that once I added meat back into my diet, I had way less problems.

I am grateful I tried it, though, and all the wonderful new foods it turned me onto. I don’t think I would have tried as many different things if I hadn’t made the change in my life, even if it was for just a year. It might be something I will do again, but I’m going to be much more cautious and wary about it the next time.

Have you ever made a change in your life that turned you onto new foods that you wouldn’t have otherwise tried? I’d love to hear your stories!

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11 thoughts on “Q is for Quinoa

  1. I’m pescetarian since 2009 which is being a vegetarian who still eats fish. I don’t do that at home though or not very often because the rest of the family is “properly” vegetarian and the kids feel quite strongly about not killing animals. The step-daughter even hates McDonnalds. They do not bother to give a vegetarian version of the kids meals which we found very vegetarianist if that word exists :-). My husband is vegetarian at least since 25 years and he knows lots of things that are delicious to eat. The main thing is to eat your greens and legumes as they have all the minerals ect you need. For women it’s most important to do so as you need nearly double as much iron as men do. That is the only problem I have. But there are enough supplements nowadays to balance that out. But you know: it needs 7 years for meat to leave your body properly so I have to wait another year to be properly free 🙂

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    • I honestly didn’t know that about meat leaving your body. I really should have done more research before I just jumped in. I found that there were many people who are negative about going vegetarian and I have to agree with restaurants. Not enough of them have proper options for vegetarians.

      Thanks so much for your comments! 🙂

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  2. See how wonderful your blog is!! I have never tried being a vegetarian just because I do not like salad greens that much. I can eat them off and on, but every day, ich.

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