Hey guys so I know I’ve been MIA for the past few months on here. It was summer and I did a lot of traveling to see family, i went on a few vacations and i actually just moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend which has all been super exciting We are finally getting settled into our new place and our kitchen is now fully stocked with all of the best stuff that we both love! Something that we struggle with as a couple sometimes is what to eat. I am a pescatarian and have been since i was younger and he eats meat basically with every meal lol. Meat is something that i decided to give up because of the animal cruelty that goes on in the meat industry today and the mass production of it all which is so un-necesary seeing that americans and people in general throw out SO much food including meat that just is an animal’s life that goes to waste! This is a personal choice I’ve made to not eat it however i do buy and cook it still for family, friends and most of the time my boyfriend. Now that we are on our own in our apartment I’ve found that there is a lot of leftover meat and food in general now that theres only two of us and i don’t eat a lot of what he eats.
A very common meal for him is chicken and rice. I make about 3-4 chicken breasts in the crockpot and i shred it so he can mix it with his rice. After a few days of this he gets tired of the same old meal so I’ve been trying to come up with ideas on how to use this leftover food and re-purpose it into something he will want to eat again so it doesn’t go to waste! The shredded chicken i made at the beginning of the week has since then been made into chicken tacos, chicken and rice, a buffalo chicken crescent roll ring (which he raves about) and i have even put some of it in his eggs in the morning. The rice we usually make in pretty big quantities and whatever is leftover after a few days we make into fried rice and add shrimp or veggies to make it into a meal. The same thing can honestly be done with any kind of meat like pulled pork, steak and even leftover lunch meat. All of these stuff can be added to casseroles, breakfast, tacos or other cool recipes that can be found all over the internet.
If you don’t eat meat you can repurpose veggies and other foods the same way! I cut a ton of veggies in the beginning of the week and just store them in a tupperware container. Throughout the week i add these veggies to my omelets and eggs, to rice or zoodles to add some more substance and i use them as a side with some fish for dinner. These saves me a ton of time with meal prep every day and i also don’t have to do as many dishes (which is always a plus in my book).
Not only does this re-purposing save us tons of money on food every week but it also saves time! We both are students and we both work so we have very little time during the school year to plan a new meal every night. Its way easier to throw some meat in a croc pot before work or class and repurpose it for the whole week and by doing this you don’t get sick of the same meal every single day.
Being a college student is stressful. Being a college senior and still not knowing what you want to do with your life is stressful. Stress is such a common occurance today yet it is still not fully understood. People release their stress in differnt ways. Some people go to the gym, some people read and some people eat. Mac and cheese and pizza is called “comfort food” for a reason. You can be the most health conscious person in the world but sometimes stress can just take over.
Stress eating is something I have always dealt with and over the years I have found some things that help me to deal with it. I love to cook even if I am not necessarily the one eating it. Sometimes just making unhealthy food is “theraputic” enough. I think a big problem with unhealthy food and food in general is the portion size. If you are up late working last minute on a paper for class or trying to finish an important presentation for work and you want a brownie you make a whole box of brownies. So the next day when your paper and presentation are completed and the stress is gone…the brownies are still there so you continue to eat them and it is a reoccuring cycle. I think the best solution to this is buying single serve pacakges. You can buy boxes of individually packaged brownies, cookies anything you crave when you’re stressed. This will keep you from eating a whole pan of brownies.
Eating an occasional dessert doesnt mean its the end of the world. But sometimes stress eating means you’re eating that occasional treat every day. The best way to deal with this is to find what works for you and stick with it because stress is something that can take your life over and if you let stress eating acompany that then you will soon be not only stressed out but also unhappy with yourself.
Recently I was asked to write a post on my reasoning for being a vegetarian and how I transitioned, so here it is! Honestly a lot of people now-a-days are becoming vegetarians to have more of a plant-based diet. I don’t dislike meat, I’m just an animal lover, and ever since I was younger I told my parents I wasn’t going to eat meat. So one day a long time ago I made up my mind. It wasn’t really a transition period for me, it more was like a sudden stop. When I first stopped eating meat I stopped eating all of it. But being a vegetarian and getting the correct nutrients into your body that it needs was difficult for me. I was playing soccer, volleyball, running track, riding horses during the summer and taking all of my usual protein sources out of my diet definitely effected my body. My mom talked to me and told me it was a good idea for me to start eating seafood again, that way my body could get some of its needed protein from there and also a lot of awesome nutrients that fish and shellfish have. At the time I wasn’t fond of the idea but I have stuck with it ever since.
Even though I personally didn’t transition over a period of time, I know people who have and I think one of the best ways to start to transition is to cut red meat out of your diet. Some red meats are high in saturated fat and there are many speculations that the consumption of red meat is linked to heart disease and even certain cancers. Once you cut out red meat the rest should be easier for most people.
Since I don’t eat meat I take some vitamins to make up for the nutrients my body lacks because of that. I take a B-12 supplement and an iron supplement, both of which are prevalent in meat sources. If you lack certain vitamins such as iron your body can develop a deficiency such as anemia which can actually cause further health problems so its very important to give your body proper nutrition after you fully cut meat out of your diet. In addition to that its important to still give your body enough protein and other then seafood I get a lot of mine from beans, nuts and protein bars.