TRANSITION TO A PLANT BASED DIET
Like most, it was a very big decision to transition myself from my previous lifestyle to a plant based diet- and I am still getting there. Coming from a 100% Greek background, meat + dairy was in essentially every meal. A lot of our meals and side dishes are primarily made with some type of cheese in them, so that was all I ever knew when it came time to living on my own. I started with limiting meats to only a few times a week and then eventually just eliminating them completely. I didn't do this with the mindset of becoming a vegetarian or vegan, I just naturally was drawn to other foods more, and felt better after I ate those foods. This went on for almost a year until I stumbled across a Youtube video about Veganism. I think I had only heard the word a few times, and to be honest associated it with Whole Foods hippies (which I now am). I sat through the whole video listening to how amazing the girl felt after transitioning to meat/dairy free. It sparked a light bulb. So I watched another, and another, 2 hours later my eyes were blood shot from watching "Why go Vegan" videos.
I decided I was going to go for it, but take it slow. So for me that meant jumping in head first throwing away all my food, calling myself a vegan, and always opting for tofu. It didn't last. While I was good with not eating meat, the dairy was a struggle. I have a MAJOR sweet tooth so basically everything is made with either milk or butter. I wish I could sit here and say I am 100% a vegan but I won't BS you. I learned that it's not about labeling yourself, it is just making a transition that works best for you.
The exciting part about going plant based was cooking/eating out. I LOVE to eat, and I LOVE to cook, so this was a fun thing to take on. To this day I will only cook plant based meals, my body loves me for it. I have so much more energy, I never get that awful heavy sluggish feeling, and in general feel lighter. It has by far been the best decision I have made. Not to mention, a lot of restaurants are picking up on the popularity of it. Living in Cleveland, OH you would think I have no options, but I have had some really amazing entrees since transitioning. Read below for a list of my favorite Vegan places in Cleveland!
Where to Eat
BEET JAR Juice Bar
Restore Cold Pressed