I am in love with the January 2011 issue of Bon Appetit. Admittedly, I have not been as happy to get my monthly BA as I was to get Gourmet. I confess that I have read the January issue cover to cover 5 or 6 times already. That’s how much I love it.
He wrote a book, which I haven’t read yet, called Food Matters. It’s been on my to-read list and I’m hoping to check it off in the next few months. Anyway, he totally changed his lifestyle and eating habits for health reasons. This is something I researched and adopted for myself in the first half of 2010, so I love reading about the success stories of others.
You can read his article on the Bon Appetit website here. He basically eats a vegan diet until dinner, when he does eat meat and fish, but in smaller portions. It sounds more reasonable and less scary than a fully vegan diet. Nonetheless, I’ve recommitted myself after the gluttony of the Holidays to eat a mostly vegan diet again. I’m on Day 4 of no meat, dairy, or wheat and I’m already feeling better than I have in weeks. (No wheat because I’m still not sure if I have an allergy to it or not.)
In addition to my love of Mr. Bittman, I love the recipes this month too. I’ve bookmarked a few to try in the near future:
Potato and Kale Cakes with Rouille (slightly altered to be vegan)
Tomato, Fennel, and Crab Soup
Green Salad with Miso-Ginger Dressing (miso is so good for you!)
Saigon Chicken Salad (I’m going to sub tofu for the chicken)
Spiced Coconut Pancakes with Tropical Fruit
Stir-Fried Bok Choy and Mizuna with Tofu
I’m not saying everyone needs to become vegan or enact such a drastic change in diet. To each their own, I say. But I like the way I feel when I’m not eating meat and dairy, so I think I’ll give it another try. (Sure there will be exceptions.) And eating more veggies and fruit never hurt anyone.
Besides eating healthier and eliminating foods that don’t agree with me (I’m looking at you dairy and wheat!), I a going to try to take up yoga. There is a Hari Krishna temple not too far away from where I live that offers free yoga each night. After talking to friends and doing some research, I’ve realized that yoga might be a good way to keep myself off antidepressants and keep me feeling good. And, lucky you, you can look forward to more posts about health and wellness in the future. It’s what I’ve got on my mind. I’m turning 30 in March, and it’s time for me to be as healthy as I can be. You are invited to join me.
What are your 2011 health goals? Have you decided to make any changes towards better health? I’d love to hear about your goals and plans for The New Year.
p.s. I will still be posting non-vegan recipes for y’all to enjoy. My husband and my kids are not giving up meat and dairy, and I still cook for them. But you just might be surprised how yummy vegan dishes can be when you see what I’ve been coming up with in my kitchen.