I did it I became one of them 

A couple months ago I fell back into eating a bit off track. Stopping for food a little to much and forgetting my veggies at my meals. As a trainer fitness instructor I noticed and knew I needed to do something to get back on track. I believe that healthy eating really is a reward for our bodies and we shouldn’t see it as a punishment. When I get off track it is usually because I need to prep better and figure out what is happening in my life to make me make bad choices. Have you ever felt that there was a way for you to keep focused that just seemed to fit for you and your lifestyle? I have been on and off vegetarian since I was 10 and always had an excuse to go back to eating meat. I have never been a big meat eater even would take half off while eating a meal. I did realize however while the more meat I consumed the more bad choices I made. Sometimes if I stopped for take out it seemed completely acceptable to get a sandwich and make that my meal. I knew that this just wasn’t working for me to stay healthy. 

I needed to reset. Make a plan and why it was important for me and why it was healthy for me and fit for me. I almost felt this was my reason to go back to a vegetarian diet. I never felt limited but more adventurous trying to find new ways to eat my vegetables and fruit. I seem to make better choices when meat isn’t the centerfold. As I am not 10 anymore I have learned a lot of things since my first go around of vegetarianism. Before it was all about the animals I even participated in some protest in my teens. This time it was for my health. Not that I didn’t still love animals I do but it was for the reason that I know that a diet surrounding vegetables, beans,fruits and grains just works well for me. This time though I really knew that the vegetarian I was sometimes wasn’t  the healthiest either. I decided to take the leap I never did before, I decided to go vegan. So one day eating chicken to the next going vegan. Again I don’t even eat a lot of cheese cut it out before due to fat and calories so this wasn’t as hard as I thought. I joined some groups online for support and wow I forget how passionate people get about this choice. I blindly jumped in again for my health. I have had some slip ups but for the most part it has been good. To add to my diet Change I have watched some documentaries on how animals are treated for the means of fashion and our food and it made me feel like a passionate teen again trying to share the cause. My goal was to start eating better but I feel a sense of relief also by changing my habits and remembering why I became a vegetarian in the first place. I feel it called me back and this is the step I needed to take. My goal is to share good food and friendly conversation with friends. I hope by sharing in love I can help others also. I will keep you updated on my journey in veganism. It has been about a month strong without any slip ups.  I am excited about sharing recipes and updates. Have a great night.

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Wildtree Wednesday Recipe 

I love comfortable food. This recipe is very filling and loaded with fiber. Great vegetarian option and sure to be enjoyed by those carnivores too. 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cooked quinoa

3 cups cooked black beans (or two

15-ounce cans, drained and rinsed low sodium)

2 large sweet potatoes, shredded

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 eggs

1 cup salsa

2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish

2 tablespoons of wildtree taco seasoning blend 
DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare a 9” x 9” casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the quinoa, black beans, sweet potato, 1⁄2 cup of the cheese, and the taco seasoning blend.  In a small bowl, mix together the eggs and the salsa. Pour the salsa mixture over the quinoa-bean mixture, then pour everything into the prepared casserole dish.

3. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top and bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Garnish with the cilantro.
Serving size: 1 heaping cup
Servings Per Recipe: 8

NUTRITIONAL INFO Amount Per Serving

Calories: 204.5

Total Fat: 3.2 g

Cholesterol: 63.4 mg

Sodium: 315.6 mg

Total Carbs: 31.7 g

Dietary Fiber: 9.1 g

Protein: 13.8 g
Order wildtree’s taco seasoning at mywildtree.com/krystalshuga