Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Change is Coming…

 

Back in 2010 I decided to give up meat for Lent…after Lent was over I continued the journey and still didn’t go back to eating meat (except for seafood) and I felt great about it. After a while, I sort of lost my identity…I was no longer Mariette, I was Mariette the vegetarian and I felt a lot of pressure from it. I was always reminded by my choice…One example, at my job we have a board where we keep track of our monthly sessions and instead of using our names, we use nicknames and of course mine is “The Veggie Diva”. I have been struggling with this lifestyle for quite some time and even questioned my decision last May.

About a couple of months ago, I started to do vegetarian Paleo and I saw some great results but then I got bored with eating a lot of the same things so I lost focus. I remember being at my “happy weight” when I was a carnivore and I think one of the main reasons for this was because I do have PCOS and low carb “diet” is very beneficial for women who struggle with this because it helps with our Insulin levels.

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I am a true believer that people come into your life for a reason, and I have been reminded of this once again. I recently started talking to Amber and she also was a vegetarian for about a year and decided that this was not the right decision for her body. She spoke to me about her transition and has given me some great advice.

So with that said, I have made the decision to eat meat once again. It was an emotional rollercoaster and I thought LONG AND HARD before finally coming to this decision..I know that this is the right decision for me, now.  However I want to be smart about this. I don’t want to put junk into my body and still want to make good choices (whenever I can).

Today I went to Trader Joes and purchased organic free range chicken breast…

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I also picked this up to marinade it for a few hours…

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I decided that the best option would be to grill it; I actually forgot how to cook chicken, so I googled “How do you grill chicken” oops.

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I paired one piece with Spinach sautéed in coconut oil, minced garlic, and cayenne pepper.

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I have to say, this tasted pretty good and can’t wait to have leftovers for din din!

I am done with labels…I am just Mariette and this morning I asked my boss to erase “The Veggie Diva” and replace it with “Namaste Mari”!

Namaste…

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10 comments :

  1. Got to do whats best for you hun!

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  2. Namaste Mari is definitely a better name for you :)

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  3. Girl, Let there be NO shame in doing what is best for your body. Kudos to you for making a conscious decision to eat free range chicken too! Please dont forget that even tho i am in brooklyn, i am still a text or phone call away. I can def assist helping you relearn how to grill chicken. lol. Dont forget about other yummy methods: Slow cooking, roasting, frying (oh baby), braising, and steaming (yuck).

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  4. Girl, that looks delicious. You are the bomb diggity as always xo

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  5. Wow! You need to do you! That chicken looks great. Trader Joes has the best deals for meat. Can't wait to see your new journey.

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  6. Nice choice Mari!! Why not call yourself a "Semi-vegetarian"? That's sort of what I consider myself. I never eat meat for breakfast or lunch, just dinner, and even then it's only about 3-4 ounces. I love it. And you're right, with PCOS it's hard to stick to a vegetarian diet....I couldn't agree more. I love your choice and more power to you!

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  7. Good for you, Mari! So happy for you!

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  8. You'll always be Namaste Mari to me ;) Love and miss you!

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  9. I'm so happy for you girl as I know that wasn't an easy decision for you! Kudos to you for listening to your body and doing what is right for YOU and not everyone else. You are going to rock this! I can't wait to see what yummy recipes you come up with in the future!! xo

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