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Veg Out! Why I Became a Part-Time Vegan (Plus, Blueberry Basil Grilled Cheese Recipe!)

Jennifer Pantin
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Veg Out! Why I Became a Part-Time Vegan (Plus, Blueberry Basil Grilled Cheese Recipe!)

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How we eat, and why we eat that way is deeply personal—often, it has to do with how we were raised, habits (good and bad), lifestyle choices, religion, economic factors, and even political beliefs. This is about my own personal path.

I absolutely love food. I love cooking, and I love eating. Unfortunately, I have also always been a stress eater. With only a few exceptions, when I’m going through a rough time, I turn to food for comfort—specifically, sweets. Last year, after my final year of law school and studying for and taking the bar exam, I took a look in the mirror and I didn’t like what I saw. Months of stress had led me to eat with abandon, and it had taken its toll. I realized that in addition to a diet, I needed to become more conscious of what I was eating.

That’s the beginning of how I became a part-time vegan.

As I changed what I ate, I started to read more about nutrition, and what that meant to me. I decided it felt odd that we were the only species that ate dairy past infancy—or consumed the dairy produced by other mammals, for that matter. Although dairy has healthy fats and calcium, I knew I could find other sources for those nutrients.

I noticed how much cholesterol comes with eating the meats I love, like bacon and beef, and I learned that they are usually pumped full of hormones. I realized that there were other amazing sources of protein that didn’t have these issues, including beans, seitan, and quinoa.

The only problem? I absolutely love cheese. And ice cream, burgers and fried eggs. Plus, I am in charge of the cooking in my home and my boyfriend is a full on meat-eating, the-more-bacon-the-better, can-we-smother-that-in-cheese kind of guy. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the time or energy to cook two dinners every night and double meals all weekend.

My solution? I eat vegan part of the time. I found in doing that I make smarter choices. Most of vegan foods I eat are loaded with vegetables and fruits, and are low in calories. I have discovered a world of meat and dairy substitutes and have become more creative in my cooking. And now, when I’m not eating something vegan, I’m more conscious of portion control.

We compromise at home now. The meat-based meals I make are healthier, and my boyfriend happily (ok, maybe not happily, but he does it) eats vegan meals a few nights a week.

I don’t know that I’ll ever go full on vegan. I love plant-based food, but being so strict with my diet doesn’t always fit into my life full time. I started my blog, which is entirely vegan, as a way to share vegan creations, and to encourage me (and others) to eat healthier, plant-based meals more often. It has become one of the most fulfilling parts of my life.

Whether or not you should go vegan—even part time—is your own personal choice. Eating vegan does not automatically mean eating healthier. I just know that for me, becoming a part-time vegan is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

One example of modifying a favorite (but not so healthy food) is this Blueberry Basil Grilled Cheese. I’m an avid skier in the winter, and a full day on the slopes leaves me hungry! After an 8-hour workout, I’ve earned an indulgent treat, and this grilled “cheese” sandwich is my go-to. I find that my body digests the non-dairy cheese more easily, and I like that this dish also sneaks in a serving of fruit. Plus, by toasting the bread beforehand (to help melt the cheese) you can keep it on the griddle for less time—without any oil. It’s satisfying and delish! (You’ll find the recipe in the MyFitnessPal database for easy logging.)

How are you changing your diet to be healthier? Let me know in the comments!

About the Author

Jennifer Pantin
Jennifer Pantin

Writer, lawyer, and healthy-eating proponent, Jennifer Pantin loves experimenting with new, healthy recipes in her Brooklyn kitchen. Her blog, Lorimer Street Kitchen, is where she shares this passion for food and the belief that healthy recipes can be good for you and delicious, too. Connect with Jennifer and Lorimer Street Kitchen on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

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98 responses to “Veg Out! Why I Became a Part-Time Vegan (Plus, Blueberry Basil Grilled Cheese Recipe!)”

  1. Avatar FitBit_Lose84 says:

    Great article, and oh that recipe sounds delicious!!

  2. Avatar km says:

    Nice article 🙂 to be honest…the best way to describe what you currently are is a flexitarian.
    Veganism is like pregnancy, you’re either pregnant or you’re not – it’s a full-time lifestyle and an ethical decision.

    At its core it is not about dietary restrictions, it is about fighting speciesism (which involves refraining from purchasing animal-tested products, fur/leather, going to zoos/circuses, etc.)

    It’s great that you’re making such an awesome positive change in your life though, I totally understand how challenging (+ rewarding) it can be.

    • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

      Hi KM,
      Thanks for the feed back! I had never heard of the term flexitarian before honestly – I just used PT Vegan because in as many meals as I can I try to eat that way. I totally see what you mean about why it can’t be “part time” though.
      it really has been rewarding and has opened my eyes to a lot, and I thank you for your support!

    • Avatar davpul says:

      Flexitarian? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!! does that mean i can eat what i want, when i want? what a novel concept, i’ve never tried that before!

      • Avatar Rita says:

        It’s a label for those who adjusting to a vegetarian/vegan diet and have that as their ultimate goal, it’s not a permanent stage.

        • Avatar JofJLTNCB6 says:

          I find this answer insulting to *real* flexitarians. For some of us flexitarians, it is *not* a transient stage, but a way of life. Apparently you should do more research on what real flexitarianism is and not subject everyone else to your lack of knowledge about it.

          #flexitarian4lyfe

  3. Avatar Little_Monster says:

    But how can you be *nearly* headless?

  4. Avatar DR says:

    Dumbest thing I’ve read all day. By your logic, everyone who has a banana for breakfast is a part-time Vegan. No need to give yourself congratulatory titles.

    • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

      Hi DR,
      I’m sorry you feel that way. I’m certainly not trying to give myself “congratulatory title”, and I know that not everyone will agree with my choices. I was simply trying to be honest about the changes I have been making in my eating and why.

      • Avatar Carol Reid says:

        Being vegan is NOT simply about what you eat. It is not a diet. It would be accurate to say that you sometimes eat plant based meals.

    • Avatar jan says:

      Ugh…can you please try not to be an asshole? Even if you disagree, there’s no need for this kind of childish critcism. smh…

    • Avatar Sarah Anderson says:

      you’re exactly right DR! You are not vegan. You are using a title to draw attention to yourself and big yourself up. Find another way!

  5. Avatar Je says:

    For how many calories that has and for the complete lack of protein, it’s a lose/lose situation IMHO. I have to keep up a certain amount of proteins everyday and purposely keep them out for the sake of some “part-time vegan” make me feel good title, it’s efficient eating. Other than the blueberries, there isn’t much in that meal that has macro/micronutrient value.

    • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

      Je,
      Like I said, this is a treat I indulge in, in the winter months after a day of skiing. But just as eating vegan “part time” has been a way to change how I eat and an awareness of what i’m eating, this is an attempt to make a grilled cheese – something at its core that isn’t very healthy and with little nutritional value – and make it a little bit healthier and fit in with *my* dietary choices a little better. If you aren’t vegan, and you just want an awesome grilled cheese, it’s just a yummy recipe.

      • Avatar Je says:

        It’s not being a part time vegan, it’s just not eating meat/dairy for that meal. If I happen to have one “vegan” meal on a particular day, I wouldn’t consider that being a part time vegan.
        I don’t have a particular problem with the treat itself. Other than the label being attached to it.

        • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

          Yes, but these aren’t meals where I “happen” to eat vegan, I am making a choice to exclude all animal products in as many meals as I can. Is there no distinction between the two for you?

          • Avatar Je says:

            No. Not for me. Because the Maco/Micro nutrient values are much more important to me than a meal that’s deficient in the above for the sake of some food title.

          • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

            I see your point. That said, I’ve found I digest non-dairy foods better, and I’m really not striving for a title. If I was I would just be vegan – and call myself that. I’m just trying to figure out my health and the best healthy eating habits for me. That’s a different route for everyone.

  6. Avatar Fatdoob says:

    Just because you abstain from animal products for one meal does not make you in any sense a Vegan. It;s like being slightly pregnant. Veganism is not just about diet and stupid articles like this just make the writer look clueless about what a vegan is

    • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

      I understand your opinion, and I really tried to explain that I am not claiming to be vegan. I do understand veganism, and was simply trying to explain my path towards it. People pursue veganism for all different reasons, and not everyone gets there overnight.

      • Avatar Sarah Anderson says:

        Just call yourself vegetarian or an omnivore. You’re causing a great deal of damage by calling yourself vegan.

        • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

          Sarah, I never once called myself, or claimed to be a vegan. It’s something I’m very clear and honest about.

          • Avatar Sarah Anderson says:

            sorry but no you’re not. you even eat meat so you’re not even vegetarian. just say you sometimes dont eat animals. you’re not vegan.

          • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

            Sarah, again, I never called myself vegan. As I said earlier this is my path and my opinions, and you are entitled to your own as well. I wish you the best.

      • Avatar Tonie says:

        Baby steps. Why put labels on everything? She may get there later.

        • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

          Thanks Tonie! I’m trying to figure out what works best for me. That’s one thing for now, and may evolve!

  7. Avatar JC says:

    I guess I’m a part-time vegan too…

    …in between those times when I’m not.

  8. Avatar Mo says:

    For all the commenters that you are “either vegan or you or not” (like being pregnant): Thanks. It is because of your elitist a-hole attitude that so many people are turned away from vegan eating. As the author points out from the beginning, “How we eat, and why we eat that way is deeply personal…”. Just because YOU approach your vegan lifestyle that way (100% or nothing) doesn’t require that we all do that. If your goal is to prevent the entrapment and eating of animals shouldn’t you support people’s attempts to reduce their consumption of animal products? In all forms? We are all on the same team here folks. CTFD.

    • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

      Mo,
      Thank you for your supportive comments! I know not everyone will understand my choices, but I felt I needed to be honest about them. I agree with a lot of what you say.

      • Avatar JC says:

        Interesting that the original comment was deleted despite the fact that the author of the blog replied to it thanking him for his comment and agreeing with much of his post.

        TL;DR – on what basis are the mods deleting comments in here?

        • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

          JC: That was a different comment from DavPul that was deleted. This one
          is to Mo. I did not delete the comment, nor did I reply to it. I did reply to another of his comments, which I believe appears below, and was not deleted.

          • Avatar JC says:

            Ah, thanks for clearing that up. The threading on disqus comments is already a little bit confusing…but then when so many comments are deleted, it gets even worse.

          • Avatar DR says:

            Pretty sure it was mine that got deleted. I dared to call this senseless drivel “dumb”. I can not believe MFP is willing to pay for this garbage. No wait, I can.

    • Avatar jan says:

      It is not personal in the context of veganism, hence why carnists tend to mistake it for “elitism” are you say.

      Unlike lifestyle choices or personal tastes, the whole point of ethical beliefs is that they apply to everyone, not just yourself. The very essence of morality is that it is a public duty, not merely a personal choice. To refuse to debate an ethical issue on the grounds that your actions are no one else’s business is to fundamentally misunderstand the nature of morality.

      When people say “live and let live” or “to each their own” in response to
      animal rights advocates, they’re ignoring the very meaning of what
      they’re saying. You can’t “live and let live” if you’re killing other
      sentient beings. Everyone is entitled to their own personal tastes, free from interference, but justice is not a lifestyle choice.

      • Avatar Stephen says:

        ~ 90% of the ‘vegans’ out there would be excited to see people make the change and realization that eating a plant based diet is enjoyable and better for everyone involved. Even if it is ‘part time’ to start. These ‘vegans’ will encourage the OP to continue on their endeavors and find more areas in their life that they might want to change for the better.

        Unfortunately there are the ~ 10% ‘vegans’ out there that are elitist an extremist when it comes to the definition of ‘veganism’ and what that entails. These are the type of people that turn normal population away from making better choices, whether it be eating a plant based diet or being more conscious about the clothes/products they are using.

        To the OP, great job and I hope that you continue despite the 10%’ers that are out there.

        • Avatar lol says:

          Except no one’s saying there’s anything wrong with what she’s doing. It’s a matter of emphasizing that no, technically it is not veganism nor what it stands for. She can make those changes or not, and that’s great – but that doesn’t change the fact it is incorrect to call it veganism.

          P.S. – Those statistics sure look scientific coming out of your ass…not to mention the ass kissing you’re doing 2 seconds after calling her names just so you could use another scapegoat.

        • Avatar runcrissierun says:

          absolutely! I am in that 90%. And seeing anyone move more towards a plant-based lifestyle is wonderful. I think the vegans reading are just trying to point out that as far as labels go, vegan isn’t the right one for the author. A label isn’t always a bad thing (not only and I vegan, but I’m Irish, and short, etc….all apt descriptions of me).

      • Avatar JC says:

        LOL @ using the term “carnist” while decrying charges of “elitism”.

    • Avatar Mike says:

      Nope, that’s not why so many people are not vegans. People are not vegans because veganism is stupid at its core.

    • Avatar Jean Thompson says:

      No, you are either vegan or you’re not. Simple logic. Nothing to do with ” elitist a-hole attitude”. If you sometimes eat vegan and sometimes not you are an omnivore or a flexitarian.

    • Avatar Bart Allonyou says:

      Most vegans are douchebag aholes who think they are better than everyone else. They look down on meat eaters and especially people like me who actually eat what they hunt and catch.

  9. Avatar Mike says:

    Everybody is part-time vegan, dipnard.

  10. Avatar Alex Hochberger says:

    For about 6 months I was a part-time vegan.

    • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

      Alex,
      I couldn’t agree more! For some it will be a permanent change, for others something they incorporate into their lives part time, and for others it will simply open their eyes. All good things.

  11. Avatar Looleeli says:

    Good for you, like you said eating is personal. No need for the food police to patrol. You sandwich looks yummy by the way, I must try it but with cheese, I am a vegetarian and I couldn’t go vegan because of cheese 🙂

  12. Avatar Mary says:

    looks yummy. I think you should call yourself whatever you like. Some people just love to tear others down. A while back I was vegan, most of the time, for about a year and a half. (I love sausage so one day per month I’d have a piece). I didn’t stay with it because it wasnt right for me but it was a great way to really broaden the types of healthy foods that I eat. I just checked out your blog, awesome.

  13. Avatar Jean Thompson says:

    You’re not a part time vegan, you’re not even a vegetarian. You’re only someone who sometimes doesn’t eat meat. Stop being so ignorant.

    • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

      That is your opinion, and thank you for taking the time to read the article.

      • Avatar Jean Thompson says:

        No, it’s not my opinion. It’s a fact.

        • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

          The reason I think it’s an opinion is you do not actually know how I live my life, and eat. I do not simply sometimes “not eat meat”. In about 70% of meals I avoid all animal products: meat, eggs, dairy, honey, etc.

  14. I’m sorry to see so many negative comments here. I applaud you for how you are changing your diet. It is always better to make changes in your diet slow and steady. Especially when you are cooking for a family. I’ve considered doing something similar. Good luck and thanks again!

  15. Avatar Johnny Red says:

    Being Vegan is a life style. Its not a part time thing. You like to eat vegan foods part of the time. When I became vegan it was a huge decision to change my life. Not something I looked at doing part time like my retail job…

  16. Avatar meg says:

    I applaud you for your healthy lifestyle choices, but I do have to agree with the critics, even if they’re horrifically rude. You can’t be a “part-time vegan” when you’re still eating non-vegan food. The same way you can’t call yourself a vegetarian in any form if you still eat cow on Sundays. It really is an all-or-nothing thing. BTW, no, I’m not a vegan or a vegetarian (I love me my meat, thanks), but I do understand why calling yourself a “part-time vegan” might be offensive since, to many people, veganism is a lot more than just a “diet”. To my understanding most vegans go that route because they’re taking a stance against animal cruelty (among many other reasons, of course), so to adopt that particular title while happily admitting that you regularly eat animal product…you see where I’m going with this? I’m not trying to attack your or anything, I’m just trying to point out why some people might find your blase usage of the term offensive. Still, no one has a right to spit insults and vitriol at you and they should seriously feel ashamed of themselves.

    On another note, that sandwich looks absolutely scrumptious! I’ve never even considered anything of the sort! My brain is screaming at me that there is no way in heck a sandwich like that could taste good, but the sight of it is making my mouth water! Thanks for the recipe, I’ll definitely have to try it out sometime.

    • Avatar cara says:

      I completely agree with you. I know people feel like they can say anything they want behind the safety of a computer screen. I just don’t see the point in being so rude. To kindly point out a mistake like you did is what should be the norm. Unfortunately this is not the society we live in on the web.

    • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

      Hi Meg,
      Thanks for taking the time to write a thoughtful response and for reading the article! I totally get what your saying, and in a lot of ways I agree with you. That said, a title of “Why I decided to eat a plant-based diet 70% of the time” isn’t that great- though more accurate. While I do get that I might have offended a lot of people who see veganism as a lifestyle and not a choice, I can understand why it might offend. That said I’d hope they would also see that some people eat vegan for health reasons and *don’t* view it as a lifestyle, that adopting a mostly plant based diet is if nothing else a good thing and a step in the right direction, and that I have taken a lot of time, effort and expense to develop a totally vegan based recipe blog. I’m definitely not someone who is *trying* to be disrespectful! I’m just trying to get people who would never *consider* eating any totally plant based meals to see its something totally doable in their lives.
      Anyway, thanks for the article! The basil and caramelized onion keep it from being to dessert-y but oh mer gawd, it is a delicious treat to have every now and then (I’m certainly not suggesting this for lunch every day!)

  17. Avatar AccidentalCulo says:

    Welp. Just got done eating lunch so now I’m back to my part-time breatharian lifestyle.

  18. Avatar Tonie says:

    Flexitarian…

  19. Avatar runcrissierun says:

    Okay, so I have to say, as a vegan, I disagree with the concept of calling yourself a “part time vegan”. Veganism is more than about food – it’s about leading a lifestyle that has as little negative impact to animals as possible. That means no leather, no products that contain lanolin or other animal ingredients, and no animal testing. The very definition is “cruelty-free”.
    Now, with that said, I think you are wonderful for incorporating more vegan food dishes in your diet, but that term would best be described as “flexitarian”.

    • Avatar Bart Allonyou says:

      ^ Another holier than thou vegan.

      • Avatar Aaron says:

        How is that holier than thou? She’s just setting out the definition of the word, the OP agrees and there’s mutual respect on either side.

        ^Another holier than thou meat eater, more like.

    • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

      Hi Runcrissierun
      I just learned the term flexitarian today – and I totally agree. That said, not knowing the term, Part Time Vegan worked a title better than “Why I decided to eat 70% of my meals as plant-based”.
      And for what it’s worth – eating so much vegan food, and writing a totally vegan recipe blog – I have started adopting more and more of a vegan lifestyle. I no longer buy leather, I try to educate people on speciesism and have become much more aware.

  20. Avatar Bart Allonyou says:

    Vegan is native American for “terrible hunter”.

  21. Avatar JC says:

    But seriously, why *did* you become a “part-time vegan”? What benefits did you attain from this approach that you couldn’t have attained from being less of a “part-time vegan” (aka an omnivore who also ate a sufficiently healthy amount and variety of fruits and vegetables)?

    • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

      Hi JC,
      Thanks for the question! I tried to explain this a little in the article. I’ve always eaten lots of fruits and vegetables. I decided to go “PT Vegan” because I do think that being fully vegan is really an ideal diet. (My opinion.) I decided to try it, but knew that this point in my life going fully vegan isn’t realistic. However, I’ve found that trying to go plant based as often as I could made me more aware of all of my food choices. I found out that hey – I don’t process dairy as well as I thought! I feel sluggish when I eat meat, dairy and sugars. (I’ve also tried to cut back on sugar too). It’s something I wanted to try and really just worked for me and made me feel better. That said, plant based or not, I still sometimes make poor food decisions that don’t make me feel so great and I’m trying to cut back on that. (Like, after a bad day I don’t need to eat 3 slices of pie whether its vegan or not.) Did that answer your question?

      • Avatar JC says:

        I find it interesting that you believe a fully vegan diet is ideal.

        • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

          I do. I don’t think we are supposed to consume dairy past infancy or the dairy of other animals. I think that that there plenty of other great sources of calcium. I think you can definitely get protein from plenty of other sources besides meat, and that meat does have lot of negatives. Plus, I don’t like harming animals. I just know it’s not a lifestyle I can fully
          adopt right now.

  22. Avatar Praefica says:

    I am a part time virgin because I just fuck sometimes

  23. Avatar DavPul says:

    Sweet! I fully endorse part time veganism. In fact, I’m a part time vegan too. Right after I finish my double cheeseburger, I go vegan while I eat my fries. And then I go vegan again while I’m sleeping. Right before and right after I eat the sausage I make for breakfast is my morning vegan time. I lurve being a part time vegan!

  24. Avatar DavPul says:

    Know what, I was just joking before. Part Time Veganism is actually a good thing. Being a part time vegan is the best choice for most people and I fully understand why the creator of the LSK blog would feel it’s right for her. I mean, what better way to make morally superior statements and spout off totally unfounded health claims while STILL getting to enjoy delicious, delicious bacon? You know, but only when it’s convenient. Because I’m sure we can all agree that moral choices are all about convenience, amirite?

    • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

      Hey DavPul,
      Thanks for reading. I’m definitely not trying to come across as morally superior – I’m not telling anyone else how to eat. And I’m certainly not eating seitan in one meal so that I can go shove my face full of bacon in the next. I know you view this as a moral choice, and if you are vegan I’m glad the transition was an easy one for you. It Is not an easy one for every one.

    • Avatar PartTimeVegan says:

      Just curious, DavPul: Do you have a life outside of campaigning against veganism on MyFitnessPal?

      • Avatar JC says:

        Nice. Unfounded personal attack and upvoted by the author.

        Stay classy.

        (As if it matters…dissenting comments have a tendency to disappear on these blogs anyhow.)

      • Avatar davpul says:

        Based on the content of the actual blog post it wouldn’t seem that I’ve said anything against any actual vegans

  25. Avatar ennui_miller says:

    Part-time vegan: 60% of the time, I’m vegan every time.

  26. Avatar ez says:

    Why the misinformation about beef and bacon being “pumped full of hormones”. There are no hormones by the time meat is placed on your table. None.

    • Avatar JofJLTNCB6 says:

      As long as we’re addressing misinformation, how about the entire basis of the lipid hypothesis and the effects of dietary cholesterol???

      • Avatar ez says:

        True, basically there is very little effect on plasma lipids ands dietary cholesterol. While total body mass is a major factor, we build enough or too much cholesterol without much influence from diet.

    • Avatar earthlings says:

      That is not misinformation, it is a fact.

      Hormones are given to farmed animals for them to grow faster and to increase the rate of their weight gain. Antibiotics are used in four ways: to treat disease, prevent disease, control disease and promote growth.

      Without hormones and antibiotics, they wouldn’t have anything to sell as the animals (who live under poor conditions to begin with) would quickly become diseased/malnourished and hence there would be less products to sell. It’s as simple as that.

  27. Avatar fatdoob says:

    Interesting the comments that have been removed.

  28. Avatar Dave Gee says:

    I wonder where you ‘read about nutrition’?
    Did you find sources with decent peer reviewed studies, which you then took the time to read yourself?

    So, far, I’ve been trying to do the above and come to vastly different conclusions you, it seems. Some days I’ll try and get MORE fat because I’ve only had 70g, say and planned for more – and quite happy to have that as saturated fat.
    Meat – well, I want a strong athletic body and it’s an ideal source of protein.

    The choices you have made seem to reflect the sort of advice I find on sites which don’t list citations, or make big jumps of logic from their reference to their conclusions.

  29. Avatar Amanda says:

    I hope you aren’t having a horrible day reading all these negative comments you’re receiving. I’m not sure why people feel the need to project their crap onto other people, but I think this is a great post. People are getting wrapped up in the term you used and not the content of your post. You didn’t write a “how to be a better person, like I am” type of post. You wrote an honest report of how you choose to live your life and why you think it was the best decision for yourself. Living a healthy life is about making small changes that you can stick with. Although being vegan is a lifestyle and a major commitment, that doesn’t mean you can’t adopt some of the ideals and beliefs and live according to those ideals. I hope you don’t let the negativity get to you and you keep sharing your recipes and thoughts! Ps- that sandwich looks amazing, even if it isn’t “nutrient-dense.” Every meal can’t be an absolutely perfect super-food.

    • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

      Thanks Amanda! I really do think everyone is entitled to their own beliefs – and I’m so glad you saw I was just trying to share my beliefs and journey – and not impose it on others. I really appreciate the kind words!

  30. Avatar Jean Thompson says:

    Interested to see a lot of comments have been deleted since I last looked at this last night. Whether you delete comments or not (including mine from last night) you are either vegan or you’re not. And you are not.

  31. Avatar Samuel says:

    Let’s just appreciate someone eating less meat, and put the petty bickering about nomenclature aside. Yeah?

    A blackberry and Provolone grilled cheese sounds delicious to me, I’m going to try it with some precious blackberries I have in the freezer from the all too short Blackberry season.

    Thanks for the idea, Jennifer. 🙂

  32. Avatar Jackie says:

    My husband is vegan and I try to eat as vegan as possible but I just can’t give it all up! I do however make an effort to support him and make several meals at home for us to both enjoy. I’ve made a rule where I do not eat meat in the home. If I choose to have it, I usually do outside of the home on my own time. Because of this, I eat meat rarely! I am happy there is someone like me out there!

    • Avatar Olympia1000 says:

      Hi Jackie!
      I’m learning there are a lot of us part-time vegan/ flexitarians! If it’s working for you, keep with it! It’s definitely something that I’m very happy doing and I plan to as well. If you want some vegan & “part-time vegan” friendly recipes, you should check out my blog. It ranges from met substitutes, to replicating non-vegan recipes, very healthy and indulgent. Thanks for reading!

  33. Avatar Dave Gee says:

    Actually, should add… I’m 66% vegan.
    66% of the time I don’t consume any non-vegan foods, as it goes.

    The other eight hours a day when I eat, I consume LOADS of meat :D.

  34. Avatar rseitz1001 says:

    Next time my doctor tells me I need to watch the sat fats, I intend to tell him “I am a healthy eating propenent, who has read about nutrition.” That’ll show him…

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