Hi everyone! I thought I’d share
with you some of my favorite foods and what I like to eat and
cook. This is a follow up video about my diet so I’ll have an
annotation and a link in the description if you would like to
learn how I became a vegetarian. My diet in that previous video
from July of 2014 was actually pescetarian, in that I was
a vegetarian that ate fish. Vegetarians do not eat meat, but
pescetarian is a specific term when a vegetarian does not eat
any other meat besides fish. However, I no longer eat fish
and am strictly vegetarian. I am not vegan and have no desire to
become one anytime soon. I did start to notice some
health problems when becoming a vegetarian so I know that with
a vegan diet it would be even harder for me to maintain a
healthy diet. A vegan diet can heavily lack certain vitamins,
specifically fat soluble vitamins, which is why many
vegans at one point may deal with vitamin deficiencies such
as vitamin D and especially B vitamins. This can cause a
lower bone density, such as osteoporosis, as well as
neurological damage to the nervous system and brain. So,
having a vegan diet has to be done a certain way to prevent
these things since they can cause serious, long-term damage
if not done correctly. Anyway, before I begin I would also like
to say that I never really ate much sweet candies or chocolates
before. And then all of a sudden it was all I wanted to eat and I
would just buy cookies and sweet things at the grocery store.
While it was organic and all natural, it was a lot of sugar.
I determined it was due to a lack of vitamins in my diet,
specifically vitamin D and B vitamins. Some of the B
vitamins can mostly be obtained from meat, so if you go
vegetarian or vegan, be sure to get enough
vitamin D and B vitamins since I have
been losing that desire to eat all that sugar which was
bad for my teeth and body. The dietary supplements I personally
take are vitamin D3, vitamin K-complex, as well as a vitamin
B-complex. These are ones I personally take and it works for
me. If you suspect any kind of deficiency, please get in touch
with your doctor since I cannot give you any suggestions of what
you should take, or what you shouldn’t take, or if you are
deficient. Anyway, so those are the supplements that help me,
however the types of food I like vary greatly. I love Indian,
Asian, Mexican, Italian, and Greek foods. I love to cook and
make things. For breakfast each morning I make a protein shake.
It consists of milk, currently I am using flaxmilk but I switch
milks all the time. I was using organic, grass-fed cow’s milk.
This certainly is the premium milk that may cost a bit
more, but doesn’t have any added hormones or other crap. Plus,
the cows eat grass and not grain and are not kept in some
building and are out eating grass like they are supposed
to. So, I use a cup of milk, flaxmilk currently which is made
of flaxseeds. Then I add a few tablespoons of ground flaxseeds,
even had the one with chia seeds in it which is nice. Then I
add in a few tablespoons of the protein power, which is hemp
protein. Then a tablespoon or a little more of coconut oil, my
favorite. The coconut oil is for fat since everything else in
this shake has pretty much no fat to it. A tablespoon of
coconut oil provides more than half your daily saturated fat
intake so it’s quite good at fatten up a drink like this.
And then top it all off with a banana. It is smoother and taste
better if the banana is at least a bit yellow since the hemp
protein is not a good taste and the banana really covers it up.
I blend it all up and it makes almost two cups of a protein
shake that has about half my daily value of protein for the
day. I drink this each morning. I decided on hemp
protein because when I heavily researched protein powders, I
discovered that many of them contain heavy metals, such as
mercury, so I didn’t want to consume them for a prolonged
period of time. Hemp protein seemed to be the cleanest and
only contains one ingredient, hemp. The others were several
different types of protein sources mixed in. Plus, hemp
seems to be relatively cheap compared to those other ones.
For lunch time I tend to make a frozen meal. Sometimes a frozen
Amy’s organic brand meal like burrito, enchilada, pizza,
lasagna, pot pie, so many other things. In addition, other
frozen foods I really love are spinach and feta quiche,
these spinach and feta filo spanakopitas, as well as samosas
with some tamarind and green chili chutney. I enjoy vegetable
spring rolls as well as raw vegetable spring
rolls wrapped in rice paper. I even like various
kinds of Asian soups, like miso soup, spicy ramens,
these very thin noodles as well as some rice
noodles. Those, as well as the other Asian foods
I enjoy, I usually eat with chopsticks. I have these nice
metal ones that I’ve gotten quite good at. I never use to
know how to use chopsticks at all and was quite bad, but I’m
pretty good now I’d say. Now usually for dinner time I
will prepare something. Some of my top favorites are pizza. What
I do with pizza is use a gluten free pizza crust, which is good,
but there is this non-gluten free one I really love as well.
But anyway, I use that and sauté onions in coconut oil, add just
enough sauce, but not too much, then mix in a ton of herbs and
spices, then if I have it I will put fresh basil leaves on it.
For toppings I use the sautéd onions, garlic, jalapeños,
black olives, kalamata olives, tomatoes if I have any, as well
as an Italian cheese blend and feta cheese, which is one of my
favorite cheeses. I don’t like too much cheese, but just
enough. Other foods I enjoy making are various spicy
vegetable curries that I eat with black rice. Spicy wontons
and vegetable potstickers which is always cooked in coconut oil
since that is the best. French onion soup which is my favorite
type of soup, again the onions are cooked in coconut oil.
Even just something like grilled cheese I make super fancy. I
use moderately thick slices of Italian bread and add an Italian
cheese blend and feta cheese, as well as fresh basil if I have it
and tomatoes. I cook this up in coconut oil and eat it with
tomato vegetable alphabet soup, which has carrots, potatoes,
corn, and green beans in it. I’ve made various veggie burgers
usually with onions, tomatoes, pickles. I usually eat this
with fries, like veggie fries or sweet potato fries. I enjoy
making quesadillas with onions, jalapeños, kalamata olives,
black olives, and Mexican cheese blend. Cook that up in the oven
and get it nice and crispy and have it with a ton of hot sauce.
I like raviolis and pastas and put a ton of herbs and
spices in the sauce. Since I am vegetarian, I eat fake products.
So, fake fish, fake chicken, fake turkey, and fake
beef products. I like making vegetarian chili with
corn, beans, onion, jalapeño, cilantro. And vegetarian tacos
and sloppy joes. Something I like to do with the fake
chicken is make a mashed potato bowl. I get mashed potatoes, mix
in corn, as well as pieces of crispy fake chicken. Then to
make it wonderful, a ton of hot sauce. It looks like orange slop
when it’s all made, but is super tasty and spicy. I love various
fruits and vegetables and other things. I love bananas, apples,
kiwi, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, oranges,
cranberries, even can eat raw cranberries which are very good,
onion, garlic, jalapeños, corn, spinach, kale, tomato. Those
are the ones I probably eat the most. As for snacks, something
as simple as some bread with olive oil is super tasty heated
in the oven for a bit. You can add cheese, tomato, and basil to
it as well and it’s excellent. I love frozen pretzels that are
pizza and grilled flavor, kale chips, which are dried pieces of
kale, salsas with chips, hummus. I’ve made bruschetta which is
one of my favorite snacks. I put a whole leaf of basil and
some feta cheese on it and it’s really good heated up in the
oven. And another thing that I haven’t personally made but love
is caprese. Not really a snack food I suppose, but I would
eat it as a snack. But, it’s basically sliced tomatoes and
mozzarella with basil and olive oil and/or balsamic vinaigrette.
Interesting story about caprese, I use to pronounce it as
ca-pree-s. It was only when a friend and I went out to dinner
just in the beginning of 2015 that we both got it and she
pronounced it caprese. And I was like, is that how it’s actually
pronounced? And, we asked the waitress and she was right. All
this time I was pronouncing it incorrectly. As for candy and
sweet snacks and nuts, I enjoy various protein bars. I eat them
occasionally, usually between meals. I love peanuts, almonds,
and cashews. I also enjoy very dark chocolate, like 90% or
higher. I want to try 100% so maybe someday. Maybe some
chocolate covered fruits, coconut milk ice cream, avocado
ice cream, any other unusual things. I don’t eat many sweets
like that and would prefer naturally sweet things, such as
fruit. So, that is just some of the foods I enjoy. There are
plenty of others I love since I enjoy trying new things.
But for now, these are some of my top favorites. And, maybe
it sparked your hunger. I know on my previous diet video that
people mentioned they wanted to see the pizza I was talking
about that I made. Maybe one day I will show how I prepare that
and make a few other things. Maybe even non-food tutorials as
well such as how I make candles, body creams, toothpaste and
hopefully makeup soon since I want to try to make my
own makeup. But for now, I’ll leave you with
some suspense. “You’re not going to say thanks
for watching at the end?” That’s what you’re
thinking right now. I’m not, I’m not
going to say it. Ok, ok! Thanks for watching!
And, I truly do mean that, so thank you!