I have been a vegetarian for 15 years now. I suppose you could say that I had 15 years to perfect my diet; to iron out all the kinks and ensure I was getting enough protein, iron, and essential nutrients. To get portion sizes just so and maintain an active lifestyle and ideal weight in the process.
I thought I had it all figured out.
So what if I ate cheese three times a day? Or that I could easily tear through a bag of tortillas and a bowl of guacamole in a sitting? And who wouldn’t think it’s impressive that I could sling back margaritas with the best of them?
But one day it all caught up with me. My body started rejecting foods I had always loved and I found I could no longer digest cheese products. And then it waged a war when I ate gluten. I went through months of trial and error to come up with a Plan B because 15 years were no longer a trusted science for me anymore.
I received an email about The Fresh Diet somewhere in the middle of all this hair-pulling and I reluctantly agreed to give a new diet a go. They offered vegetarian meals and they had dairy-, lactose-, and gluten-free items to choose from. I drooled when I saw the pictures and read over the menu options. Besides, this gourmet food program would save me the frustration of a week’s worth of meal prep and dishes. It was worth a shot, right?
That Monday, I read over the specs for The Fresh Diet. Meals were freshly prepared, nutritionally balanced (I feel this is essential to mention), and delivered straight to my door. The calorie-controlled meals help women lose an average of 1 to 3 pounds a week which is truly amazing when you consider the portion sizes. Each morning I received a cute package containing breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and two snacks. My coworkers came around to watch as I unwrapped each delicately packaged item and I was sad when my week came to an end.
I used this meal plan to not only eat better, but to trust foods again. Grocery shopping with detailed shopping lists and reading every single ingredient became tiresome and this was a wonderful way to trust that all meals were healthy, balanced, and “safe” (meaning they catered to my food restrictions).
Somewhere along this perplexing food journey, I realized something. Just because I am a vegetarian, doesn’t mean I have it figured out after all. I have since reintroduced small amounts of cheese and gluten and I’ve learned the importance of keeping a well-balanced diet.
Just don’t ask me to give up my margaritas.
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All opinions expressed herein are entirely my own. This post was sponsored by The Fresh Diet.