Vegetarian’s Struggle

I know this may be a bit late in the game but I’ve been sitting on this for a while and I have to share it. I came across this article in the New York Times several months ago about a vegetarian man that moved to the Midwest. He went out to eat at several different locations and claims that there is nowhere to go as a vegetarian in the Midwest.

“So, yes, I’ve “eaten” at some of these famous restaurants. There was the meal at the Golden Ox steakhouse (baked potato), Stroud’s fried chicken (rolls) and Arthur Bryant’s barbecue, where, searching for vegetarian options on the menu, skipping over the lard-bathed French fries, pausing to consider the coleslaw, I ordered the safest option (a mug of Budweiser).”

I understand that vegetarian options are not always easy to find in the Midwest but why would you go looking for vegetarian food at places that obviously don’t cater to vegetarians? He went to a steakhouse, a fried chicken joint, and a barbeque joint. What did he expect to find?

Over the past several months, I’ve pointed out several options here in the Midwest for vegetarians, both dining in and dining out. I’m sure that if I were to go to Kansas City, where this man is, I’d find several more vegetarian restaurants. And my guess is they wouldn’t take me all that long to find either!

Yes, being a vegetarian can be difficult but in my opinion, this guy just wanted something to complain about so he went to every place that so obviously wouldn’t have options for him.

Vegetarian Kids

Many people are under the impression that children that eat a vegetarian diet are unhealthy. Or they think that children who eat meat are healthier and stronger than those that don’t. Not only is this inaccurate but PETA has done a study that proves that children that eat a vegetarian diet are actually healthier than those that don’t.

According to this study, vegetarian kids have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, obesity-related health issues, etc. Vegetarian kids are also likely to grow taller than those that are not and are in general more healthy.

This study makes my decision on what to feed my future children much easier!

Mad Cow Disease is Back

I found this really cool cite called Storify and I created my first story. I tried to embed it but it didn’t look right. I still think the story was a lot of fun and it’s totally worth checking out!

[View the story “Mad Cow Disease” on Storify]

Healing Foods

While I was browsing Vegetarian Times, I found another wonderful resource! I’ve shared the reasons to become a vegetarian, detox foods, and several other stories from Vegetarian Times with you but I found one that is even more interesting and helpful than the others!

There is not question that some foods harm your body while others heal your body. Luckily for us, Vegetarian Times takes some of the guesswork out of it! They released a list of healing foods that include:

  • Acai
  • Almonds
  • Avocados
  • Blueberries
  • Cabbage
  • Coffee
  • Cranberries
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Soy
  • Walnuts

The list goes on and on. Included in the list is also what these healing foods help heal. Whether they help fight gum disease or help digestion, it’s all there!

Why Go Vegetarian?

In case all my rantings about health the past few weeks hasn’t convinced you yet, Vegetarian Times released a long list of reasons to make the switch to a vegetarian diet. This list of reasons includes those such as:

  • To ward of disease
  • Keep your weight down
  • Longer life
  • More energy
  • Less chance of being exposed to toxic chemicals
  • Save money

In case those reasons aren’t enough, there are several more reasons to eat vegetarian. Along with this list of reasons, Vegetarian Times also includes information on how all of these reasons are valid.

I found it extremely interesting and I’m looking forward to sharing it with some of my friends who are on the fence but haven’t quite made it over yet!

Detox Veggies

Lately I’ve been feeling a little blah so I thought I’d do a detox. Some people choose to drink the detox drinks or fast for days at a time but I took the more natural approach.

Although all veggies are good for you, Vegetarian Times says these 8 veggies target key areas such as the liver and gallbladder and clean them out.

Not only did this article help point me in the right direction for my detox but it also provided delicious recipes for all of the foods that were listed! I’m off to try some now!

 

How to Avoid Nutritional Stumbling Blocks

While doing some research, I came across the website for the North American Vegetarian Society. I intended to just look through the website quickly and come back to it later on… Several hours later, I had read all that I could at the moment. I would’ve stayed longer but my eyes were going cross!

While I was there, I found this article that I found really interesting. It focuses a lot on what not to do when making the switch from a diet that consists of meat to that of a vegetarian. There are several things on this list that I was guilty of when I first started eating a vegetarian diet. It took me a while to figure out what I should be doing and what I shouldn’t and I really wish I’d had this article to refer to when I was first starting out.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t lucky enough to have found this article yet so it was a lot of trial and error. I wanted to share it in case there are those of you who make the transition and are finding it hard. I hope you find it helpful!

Wichita, Kansas Farmer’s Markets

Yay! The farmer’s market is open again! Opening weekend was last weekend and I’m pretty disappointed that I missed it. I will more than be making up for that mistake this weekend though. Bright and early on Saturday morning, I’ll be at 21st and Ridge ready to buy some delicious, fresh produce!

I love going to farmer’s markets because I always find amazing produce for amazing prices. Not only that but I usually find things there that I’m not able to find in the grocery store on a regular basis like beets. I love them but very rarely am I actually able to find them at the grocery store. On Saturday, however, that’s the first thing that I’ll be looking for!

For some reason, Farmer’s Markets are really hard to find here in Wichita. They happen every week during the spring but for some reason they aren’t advertised anywhere. I had to hunt for them last year and now I luckily know when and where to go. In case you’re also having a hard time locating them, The Kansas Grown Farmer’s Market will lead you in the right direction. Not only does this site include the locations and times of all of the Farmer’s Markets around Wichita but it also has a list of the vendors that you’ll find at the farmer’s markets.

I hope you all can make it out this weekend to help support Kansas farmers!

The Most Nutritious Vegetarian Diet

I know that I’ve been preaching the benefits of eating a vegetarian diet a lot lately but it’s not always an easy thing to do. When I first started, I was worried about being malnourished because I was afraid that I would be missing out on something important. It turns out that I’m not the only one who has these concerns. Luckily for me and others who have the same concerns, The Mayo Clinic laid out a very detailed description of everything that a vegetarian needs and also included some examples of how to get these nutrients.

 

If you’re having trouble figuring out where to get the nutrients that you need, you should definitely check out what the Mayo Clinic has to say about the nutrients that vegetarians need.

 

Vegetarian Beer

So after telling you all how much I enjoyed the beer that I had at River City Brewing Co., I wondered whether the beer was vegetarian. For some reason, it’s something that I’d never really thought about. I don’t drink beer all that often but when I do, I don’t think about whether it’s vegetarian or not.

I knew for a fact that Guinness, which was my favorite beer for many years, was not a vegetarian beer. I had never thought about other beers that I’d been enjoying for years, though. Since I started wondering today, I thought I’d look to see if there is a list of vegetarian beers online and I found one! The only problem is, it seems that there are very few beers that are truly vegetarian.

Apparently, brewing companies use Isinglass as a fining agent when they are brewing the beer. I don’t know if there are other options for fining agents but from what Geraint Paul Bevan was told by many brewing companies, their isn’t. Check out the beer list and see what it says about your favorite beers! According to the list, I need to go out and find some new favorites!