Let’s talk EATS.
A common question I get is “Danielle, are you vegan?” “Are you vegetarian?” the list goes on and on. I feel like I’ve answered the question a lot, but if you didn’t know by now, you will by the end of this post. Today, I’m talking my diet- what I eat, how I eat, really- the whole shebang.
Let’s start with the obvious: AM I VEGETARIAN?!?!?!?! No, I’m not. To give you a quick background, I haven’t eaten red meat since 6th grade, and I don’t plan on starting any time soon. However, I still eat chicken, turkey (rarely), and fish. I don’t eat chicken or turkey often, as I prefer my protein to come from tempeh, tofu, fish, beans, etc, but that doesn’t mean I’ve given it up cold turkey. So no, I’m not vegetarian.
As for carbs, I LOVEEEE carbs. Naturally, most of our daily intake comes from carbs, and that’s no different with me. My favorite carbohydrates are rolled oats, potatoes, and grains like quinoa. And avocado toast. That’s not a carb group? I don’t care. I eat a lot of sandwiches for school and at home when I’m busy, so I usually have loafs of bread lying around.
My fats mostly come from avocados, tahini, coconut oil, and NUT BUTTAHS. I LOOVVVEEEEEEE nut butters. Really, I love all my fats. Recently I’ve been eating more of a heavy carb and fat diet, with a little less protein, which my body seems to be adapting nicely too. Let’s hope that stays, cause I like it.
So, where do I buy most of my foods? I shop at your average stores like Ralphs, Sprouts, and when I want to buy locally, I go to my Whole Foods Del Mar. What- Whole Foods for local foods?!?!?! Yup! Whole Foods Del Mar tries to buy as locally as possible, and when they do, that’s it. No pesticides. No chemicals. Non of that ish. Buying local is such a great way to support the economy, farmers, and the environment, so why not do it more? By buying local, you can reduce the amount of toxic gases that are put out into the air, as the farmers don’t use big shipping planes or ships to get their food to the store. I don’t buy locally often because yes, it is more expensive. But it’s worth it.
When it comes to produce in general, I don’t buy organic often (besides buying locally). Why? Honestly, the money I can save outweighs the cost, and I am really tedious about washing my vegetables in general. I go grocery shopping about once a week for my family and I, as we eat a lot of the same vegetables and fruits. However, when I do splurge on my groceries, I go to my Whole Foods for the best quality organic, local produce there is.
Since I grocery shop for my family a lot of the time, I tend to go to the store once-twice a week. The second trip is usually if I realize I need something for a recipe, or I’m truly craving something we don’t have in our fridge at the time. Other than that, I go to the store once a week, and try not to let the bill go past $70. We’re pretty good about using produce wisely and buying things in bulk like oats and quinoa, so those trips are really to stock up on fruits, veggies, bread loafs, and anything else we ran out of.
My diet is very different than yours, and you shouldn’t base yours off of mine. I hope to continue eating well, balanced, and semi-locally even in college. To recap- I love carbs and fats. I’m not vegetarian. I prioritize a good, balanced grocery bill over a new pair of Uggs and I’m not mad about it. I like supporting the farmers. AND I’M NOT VEGETARIAN.
Thank you to my local Whole Foods Del Mar for collaborating with me on this post. As always, all opinions are my own and I believe everything I stated.
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