For the past two years, I’ve only eaten plants in January.
And I’m doing it again this year.
In all other months, I mostly eat plants too. I’m what you call a pescetarian: someone who eats primarily vegetarian, but also eats fish.
I’m vegetarian at home and pescetarian when dining out.
Eating a plant-based diet for a month (or longer) is a great way to get healthy and save some money after the indulgences of the holiday season.
a day in the life of a plant eater
Breakfast: Green smoothie with spinach, banana, cinnamon and water.
Lunch: Coucous buddha bowl with chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, olives and spinach.
Snack: Peppermint tea, grapes and dark chocolate.
Dinner: Oatmeal buddha bowl with pear, banana, raisins, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds and a dash of cinnamon. (It looks kind of gross, but it sure was tasty!)
Now you may be thinking that’s not enough food. Some days, it’s not. So I will either add more of everything to my buddha bowl or I’ll have some additional snacks.
I’ve been snacking on plain popcorn, dark chocolate and LaraBars. Luckily, my beloved unsweetened, soy, green tea lattes at Starbucks fall under the definition of plant-based. Unfortunately, so do Oreo cookies and plain potato chips. Needless to say, they’ve been banned from my home after a couple of “incidents.”
I also drink white, lemon and peppermint tea throughout the day.
31 days of eating in
I’ve decided not to eat out during January. It’s not that you can’t following this type of plan. It’s just another way to save money after an expensive December.
Even though I’m not eating out, it doesn’t mean I can’t make my own restaurant inspired buddha bowls.
- Chinese: Brown rice with stir-fried bok choy, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms and peanuts.
- Greek: Coucous with chickpeas, cucumber, tomatoes, black olives and mixed greens.
- Italian: Pasta with lentil bolognese sauce.
- Japanese: Brown rice with nori seaweed, edamame, avocado and toasted sesame seeds.
- Mexican: Brown rice with black beans, corn, avocado, tomatoes and cilantro.
I’ve purposely avoided using the word vegan when referring to eating plants. Being vegan is not just about food, it’s a whole philosophy. And until I give up my leather shoes and my occasional killing of fruit flies, I’m just not there yet.
Maybe one day. Maybe not.
Remember: I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. So please make sure to seek medical advice before following any new eating plan.