Day 4 of the “No Label” Challenge + Becoming Vegetarian?

Did you like my recent post about my delicious cookie dough (hint: it’s made with only one ingredient!)? I can’t believe I’m already halfway through the challenge! My takes so far? Not only do I feel super-duper healthy but I’ve developed as a health nut. I’ve learned to cook my own food ahead of time and let my inner artist shine through. Cooking, after all, is an art, but I’m burning less food and achieving greater results!

DAY 4 FOOD LOG

Breakfast: Heads up for y’all- my breakfast porn isn’t as pretty as usual. How can I possibly make an Instagram-worthy breakfast while half-asleep? I at least put in a fair amount of effort for my chocolate acai bowl by adding goji berries and sliced almonds for an extra kick of antioxidants! And the result? Oh. My. Gawd. The smoothie was crazy smooth, not super liquidy, and so sweet from the fruit and raw honey! I tasted a small hint of chocolate, as if the acai was lightly dusted with strong cocoa. The perfect mix 🙂 probably the best smoothie I’ve made neck-and-neck to my pineapple kale paradise! Now that’s sayin’ something from me.

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What happens when an angry car driver wants you out of the house by 7:05 A.M. and you have no idea what to make for breakfast? I got one word: leftovers. They save your butt! My leftover chicken tomato sauce got dumped on my kale salad and shoved in the microwave for less than two minutes, then I gobbled it up. A salad for breakfast! Now I should have pancakes for dinner, ha! Wait a minute, that’s actually not a bad idea…

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Again, sorry for the lack of aesthetic vision in my meals. I promise tomorrow my food will look a lot more appetizing! Remember, though: don’t judge food by the way they appear on the plate. Or in this case a plastic container. But food shouldn’t be judged by anything! Don’t you have those times when you see a peach that is large and colorful, and think it’s the best one in the world? However, when you bite into it all you taste is rubber? I’ve felt terribly cheated during those times.

Snack 1: Confession- I am a former grapes addict. Luckily, unlike cereal, I learned portion control and can eat grapes in the perfect amount again! I found 1/2 a cup is just right for me.

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Even though grapes are a fruit, they’re very high in the glycemic index, and sugar in general! If you’re raw vegan you’d probably thrive eating a pound of grapes at lunch. Unfortunately for me, I don’t have a quick metabolism and would be guaranteed to fall asleep within a quarter of eating the grapes. Fructose is just too quick for me! I find them a lot more appropriate for the summer because I tend to exercise a lot with the space in my schedule even though they’re in season! And who could forget frozen grapes as the ultimate pool party treat?

Lunch: Yes, I had no second snack just because I didn’t feel hungry for some reason. My breakfast was probably packed with tons of fiber from the kale and protein from the chicken! Today I ate one of my absolute favorite and what I believe is one of the most underrated vegetables ever: eggplant with (you guessed it) more chicken n’ tofu tomato sauce!

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Don’t be fooled by how dark and mushy it looks! Eggplant is one of my top 10 fave veggies. It’s packed with tons of fiber, vitamin B1 and copper! Since I have a vitamin B deficiency this was so suitable for me! Speaking of vitamin deficiencies, I want to address a topic that’s been on my mind for more than a year, but briefly otherwise I’d be making two different posts on one.

When I was a puny little sophomore, I wrote my first letter to a professional corporation addressing the meat industry. The more I progressed into the research, the more my disgust towards animal treatment grew. Could I possibly imagine a cow being injected with foreign hormones? Female pigs being raped? A worker seeing a slaughtered chicken drop to the ground covered in blood and rat feces, then taking that chicken and hanging it back up to be sold?! As scarred as I was from this knowledge, my family rejected vegetarianism for general reasons. I don’t think I’m ready for it either, but I’m serious when I say this: part of me dies inside when I eat meat. It’s true.

Snack 2: You guys will hate me for this, but I had Greek yogurt again! It’s my calcium supplement  and one of the only times I eat dairy in the day. It was taken at school since I spent most of the time studying for a literature test!

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Again, I skipped the gross pomegranate concentrate. No added sugars here!

I bet you have those foods you eat everyday too. Everyone’s guilty of that. Mm-HMMM…

And when I got home I def needed a chocolate fix. Homemade hot chocolate: coconut milk, cocoa powder, and cinnamon in a cup and stir, stir, stir! Sometimes I add Stevia or vanilla to sweeten it!

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Dinner: Tonight instead of eating at home because my mother was out, my father and I visited our favorite Thai restaurant. We ordered mixed vegetables and I for myself had a giant garlic salmon plate! Perfect post-workout dinner that is full of protein, healthy fats and vitamins and minerals!

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Firstly, this salmon was a lot bigger than it appears here! The sauce was extremely creamy, spicy and strong from the garlic! When I saw the crunchy skin under the fillet, I was overjoyed. It’s one of my favorite parts of the salmon! Once I got home, I made the Blogilates Microwave Minute Muffin! Instead of blueberries, I added coconut! I’m laughing so hard right now, actually. Congratulation, minute muffin. You’ve earned the Ugliest-Looking Meal award of my food log.

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It was tasty, but looking at it is just…ew. No offense.

Overview

My meals may have lacked attractiveness, but I assure that they were strong in flavor, health and deliciousness! I did wish that my tomato sauce had tofu and not chicken because of my ethics towards the meat industry. Honestly, we will fail to become a completely vegetarian society, ever. Our knowledge and beliefs of our nutrient needs and food chains have been around far longer than meat-free diets; too long for carnivorous eating to terminate. Plus, the meat factories and slaughter houses play a huge part in our economy. The fact that innocent farm animals are murdered and assaulted in brutal manners breaks my heart. Those images stuck to me today in particular and I felt more upset at myself for eating the meat. When I go to college I’m definitely becoming vegetarian in favor of my ethical beliefs, when I’m older and don’t need as much of those nutrients.

P.S. Tomorrow’s Halloween! What are y’all doing and what is your costume? I’m going to be a boxer–a PINK one in particular! As for what I’m doing, I”m attending the Reign of Terror! It’s a spooky maze in Westlake….and I’m excited even though I’ll probably have crazy nightmares.

A fabulous day to you,

Cassie


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