Lazy weekends and veggie burgers

You know those weekends when you’re like, you know what? I’m just going to stay in this weekend, I’m going to get in a really good workout and binge on a bunch of movies. It sounds like such a great idea in theory, but when you’re actually doing it, it’s probably the most boring thing ever. You get snapchats from friends that are out and you think to yourself, nope, I’m enjoying some me time. Are you really enjoying that me time? One thing that I do enjoy about me time is learning new things about myself. What have I learned about myself this week/weekend? I love vegetarian/vegan food. I used to be one of those people that scoffed at veggie burgers; opting for the big, juicy, cheeseburger instead-ok now im hungry. This week I had a vegan burger from my favourite local restaurant, The Twisted Apron (best restaurant in the city, I highly, highly recommend it). I had tried their regular burgers before (which are also delicious), but a co-worker of mine told me to opt for the vegan option and I was not disappointed. After being pleasantly surprised, I started trying different vegetarian/vegan meals, and you know what? I feel amazing. I’ve never been one for trendy diets or fads, but incorporating new, healthy options into your daily diet is always a good idea.

Last year, my best friend and I did the whole 30 challenge throughout the whole month of May. The challenge asks participants to take on the Paleo diet, a diet which consists of meats, vegetables and a little bit a fruits -no carbs, no sugar, no grains. The challenge asks you to go back to the basics with your diet and eat the way that cavemen would have eaten. I enjoyed it, but I’ve never been that much of a meat eater, so incorporating it into every single meal was a bit of a challenge. A huge benefit of the Paleo diet was ridding my body of sugar. I used to have a major sugar addiction, I would crave sweets all the time which made cutting it out cold turkey almost impossible. I had horrible headaches and felt fatigued and irritable most of the time. It really sucked but I knew that I was making a positive change. Once the challenge was over I couldn’t even take a sip of juice or soda without wincing at the disgusting amount of sugar in them. I still crave candy more often than anyone I know, but I’ve learned to substitute it with natural sugars. Don’t get me wrong though, those orchard skittles are literally everything to me.

Now that I’ve gotten a taste of the vegetarian diet, I think that I’m going to try and incorporate more of it into my daily diet, who knows, maybe one day I’ll become a full on vegetarian…

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