As many of you guys know my diet have been very healthy since early last year,
I don't eat any Gluten, wheat, dairy or sugar.
I have also many times thinking to become vegan or at least vegetarian, But I have Always loved eating a big steak and not to talk about seafood and use to have eggs both for breaky and in my baking and couldn't imagine a diet without meat, seafood, and eggs.
But since we arrived to Queenstown and everything is so expensive here. especially free-range eggs, grass feed beef, and seafood. Without even realising my diet have pretty much being vegan as we just decided not to buy any meat, fish or eggs here to save money.
The first 2 weeks at subway I was eating the free lunch we got there and eating lot's of cookies.
( I have always loved the cookies from subway) But my skin got so bad, I didn't feel good at all of eating so much sugar from all the cookies and also felt bad of eating meat with bad quality.
So I decided to bring my own lunch every day and stopped eating the cookies. It was and still is hard not eat any cookies especially when you can smell the freshly baked cookies. But you just have to be strong and not eat anything. First week is always hard,
So I'm now eating vegan and really enjoying it and I will try my best to stay vegan back in Sydney too. I just realise that I don't need meat, fish or eggs in my diet and you feeling so much better eating plant based food.
It is not only good for me but the environment too.
By going Vegan or even Vegetarian we can reduce the impact of Climate change, rainforest destruction and pollution while saving water and other resources.
Did you know :
In United states, 70% of the grain grown is fed to farmed animals. Imagine how many people we could feed with that food.
Nearly 80% of land deforested in the Amazon is now used as cattle pasture.
And listen to this.. To produce one pound animal protein vs. one pound soy protein, it takes about 12 times as much land, 13 times as much fossil fuel, and 15 times as much water.
The humans eat about 230m tonnes of animals a year, twice as much as we did 30 years ago.
Did you know that nearly half of the water used in the United states goes to raising animals for food.
It takes more than 2400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef,
1 pound of wheat takes 25 gallons of water,
If one person exchange eating meat for a vegan diet, they will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1,5 tons per year.
You save more water by not eating one pound of meat than you will if you not taking a shower for 6 months.
This is just some fact how we can help the environment to go vegan.
I will eat vegan 99% of the time now and same with sugar free, gluten free food etc., but if I at some occasion really feel like eating couple of mussels or oysters or maybe feel like eating a cake or ice cream I will do that. The best thing I know is Swedish cinnamon buns. But because I don't live in Sweden I won't really eat them anyway, how ever if I go home on holiday. I will eat one or two.. I would call it a cheat day and they don't happen very often. It can go months without having a cheat day.
It's the same with alcohol. I haven't had one drink since early September and I haven't been drunk since April or March. But I do enjoy to have a glas of red wine sometimes, cocktail or maybe even a beer.
Most of the people who are following me probably have seen all my photos of food and healthy treats I make. Because you eat healthy doesn't mean you can't eat delicious treats or food. You just have to be creative with the food. When I'm back in Sydney I will do more blog's about food and put up healthy recipe. I never follow recipe. If I going to make something I just use what ever I have at home and trying to be creative of it. Today I felt like a cake with chocolate and peanut butter so I did one and it turned out so good. I just use a bit of everything in it and always try new ways to make the cakes better.
I recently did a really good apple cake, we had som left over apples at work and I thought I take them home and make a apple cake of them. It turned out so good.
My Vegan and sugar free chocolate balls I did today
// Gina Johansen xx