The one unexpected reason I chose to start eating more veggies

Last week I shared with you a little about my history in deciding to eat healthier and focus on veggie-centered meals. There was one aspect of my decision that I haven’t shared with you yet, and I think it’s actually a pretty unique perspective.

I didn’t start eating healthier because I was sick, or wanted to lose weight, or because of animal rights, though those are all perfectly valid reasons. I choose to start eating more veggies because I wanted more variety.

I mentioned last week that I do the cooking for my family. I used to help my mom make dinner in high school, I used to cook for my friends in college for fun, and now I cook for myself and my husband every night.

It actually happened a month or so before I quit smoking and started this journey. I was sitting on my couch, probably watching Netflix, and deciding what to cook for the next week. And the recipes I was listing in my head started to sound like this.

Chicken, chicken, fish, chicken, sausage.

Chicken, chicken, pork, fish, chicken.

And then I thought, ok, how many meals do I need to make. Five this week. And then there’s next week. And the week after that. And it hit me, like an epic to-do list of my life. I would eventually make hundreds, then thousands of meals in my life and I had five main ingredients to work with; chicken, fish, pork, beef, sausage!

I know this is a little hyperbolic. Don’t forget about turkey! But you get what I’m saying. We’ve all been there at one point or another. Our meals start to feel boring, uninspired. This was my mindset when I decided to quit smoking and I think it’s the reason I chose to focus on eating more vegetables as opposed to choosing one of the myriad other options in the world of healthy eating.

In case you’re wondering, I’m not vegetarian. I just eat mostly vegetables. I also have breakfast sausage in the morning and I usually do a whole roasted chicken about once a month. But 90% of what I eat is whole grains, beans, fresh fruit and veggies. I think there are benefits and drawbacks to every kind of diet.

Parsley and Pumpkins isn’t going to be a place that tells you what kind of diet to follow or exactly what to eat every day. That’s really something only a doctor or nutritionist can tell you. You are a unique human being with unique needs and desires and I can only share with you what has worked for me. What Parsley and Pumpkins will do is empower you to take control of your food by providing creative solutions to grow, purchase, store, and eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day.

I’m focusing on those areas with the hope that some of it will help you live a healthier and happier life. That’s what it’s all about. When I think about the future, how it could be, and how it should be, I imagine a world where the best parts of the past and the best parts of the present are intertwined.

Where people experience the wonder and delight of nature and feel the connectedness of belonging to a community and living close to the land. I also see those same people living in a modern world, where they are empowered by all of the knowledge and education that technology can provide.

I’m not sure exactly how we’ll get there, but I’m pretty sure it starts with people deciding what kind of future they want and taking steps to get there. Something as simple as making the most fantastic salads or getting a tomato to grow in your apartment is a step towards a beautiful future.

I’m building Parsley and Pumpkins to help bring about that future. My goal is to collaborate with amazing people from all around the internet to create products and ideas that are practical and worthwhile.

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