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Follow-up: A Change of Heart (Giveaway Winners)

Posted Aug 27 2011 10:23pm
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14 comments Aug 24/11 Giveaways, Health, Healthy Eating, Healthy Living Summit

Back in June, I opened up about the fact that I’m not digging meat much these days.

Because I haven’t really discussed the topic much since then, I thought it would be perfect timing to do a follow-up post.

So, what is my deal with meat at the present time?

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Let’s put it this way- I wouldn’t “like” meat on Facebook.

In fact, I hardly eat meat during the week at all anymore. I do still love seafood though and don’t see that relationship ever turning sour (but then again, I never dreamed that I’d break up with chicken either…).

Steak, Wine, and Popcorn Sundays have changed slightly.   On most Sundays, Michael and I still grill steaks, but I don’t love eating them as much anymore.  Luckily, I have a very adaptable husband who recommended cooking seafood on Sundays from time to time instead.

As you may imagine, it has been difficult explaining my eating habits, and I felt the need to put a label on them.

What the heck do you call someone who eats a ton of veggie based meals and tempeh, is repulsed by most forms of meat, and still eats fish and sometimes steak?

A confuseditarian?

Luckily, I learned a much kinder term at the Healthy Living Summit from Dawn Jackson Blatner this past weekend.

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Flexitarian.

Yes. My name is Erin, and I am a Flexitarian.

So, what is a Flexitarian exactly?  Well, it is a “new term for healthy dieting that minimizes meat without excluding it altogether” (source). In other words, it is a diet of mostly veggies and grains with a small amount of meat sprinkled in.

A Flexitarian gets up in the morning with the intention of not eating meat.

For more information on this book, check out Kelly’s blog.  She did a great post on it yesterday.

I’ve had so much fun experimenting with new dishes since trying to eat more plant-based foods.  I’ve found that if I make a dish that calls for chicken, I can easily substitute tempeh or tofu (one such recipe will be posted tomorrow).

To be honest, I’m really enjoying the process of discovering new foods and vegetarian restaurants.  And I cannot wait to experiment more with vegetarian and vegan recipes in my own kitchen.

Some of my favorite vegetarian meals to date include:

What is your favorite vegetarian or vegan recipe?  I’d love some new suggestions!

The winners of the NuNaturals stevia giveaway were chosen by Random.org, and they are… Michelle, Stephanie, Allison and Brittany.  Congrats, ladies!  Please send an email to easturner@gmail.com, so I can get your mailing info.

I’m off to take my stinky doggy to the groomer.  Have a wonderful day everyone!

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  1. Love this post! I need to get my hands on that book, I have the same feelings about meat. I don’t ever really crave it.. I just eat it because it is there.

    It was great to meet you this weekend! :)

    • thegrassskirt

      So glad that you liked the post! It was so great to meet YOU too! :)

  2. I love kind of having a definition for what we are- Flexitarians! FAIL- forgot to enter your giveaway!! Oh well, I’m sure your winners are very deserving!

  3. I guess I’m a flexitarian too, but I’m loving chicken right now. I go through phases…

    My fav hearty veg recipes at the moment include Angela’s (Oh She Glows) Blackeye Pea Garahm Masala (sp???) and a Better Homes and Gardens slow cooker Mexican soup. Delish!

    • thegrassskirt

      Thanks for the suggestions! I always love any of Angela’s recipes. :) And can I just say that you have the best blog name EVER?

  4. Kirsten

    If ya’ll are ever in uptown charlotte for a date night, you should check out Basil Thai. They have a pretty amazing Basil Tofu entree!

    • thegrassskirt

      I’ve been dying to go there. Maybe a double date is in order soon? :)

  5. I love the term flexitarian. I’ve definitely been eating more meat since I’ve been pregnant, but months went by last year when I didn’t eat a single bite of meat. I guess I fit that description too :)

    • thegrassskirt

      You’re definitely a flexitarian, Jen. I’m in good company!

  6. you wouldn’t like it on facebook? haha! that made me laugh :)

    • thegrassskirt

      Haha. Definitely not…and I wouldn’t follow it on Twitter either. ;)

  7. I really loved making bowls of grain (brown rice, quinoa, ww couscous) with roasted vegetables, TJ’s soyaki sauce, and sometimes a crumbled up veggie burger.

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