We stopped eating meat because we found a way to do so that was not only an acceptable alternative but a preferable one. That was the big surprise, that eating Whole Food Plant-Based Nutrition (WFPB) was more enjoyable than our previous SAD (Standard American Diet).
Like many people, we really want to consume animal products but also could not find an acceptable comfortable satisfying way to live otherwise.
Meat isn't a product that we miss consuming, not for a day. We're not animal activists, nor can we tolerate thinking about the way animals are processed for food, we think it is not only morally wrong but also pretty gross (for lack of better term). If we couldn't think about it then we couldn't do it, we knew that and yet when we tried to simply drop meat we were left desiring more, it wasn't satisfying.
It's not enough to "force" people to give up animal products for health or "guilt" people for compassion, or to "educate" them on the massive environmental issues created from animal feed production, people need a real alternative to live a life that they "enjoy".
WFPB Nutrition, including a large portion of vegetable carbohydrates/starches and supplementing with a variety of colourful vegetables "FIT" our nutritional rhythm.
It was the first time in my life that I could eat something delicious and tasty, in large satisfying portions, feel energized afterward and see the scale dip down in steady progress. How could this be? Why did it feel so wonderful, satisfy my appetite for taste and portion yet facilitate weight loss?
Meat contains protein and fat and aside from a few other chemical nutrients, that's pretty much it, except for the plentiful calories that accompany. Plant foods, potatoes for example, contain a large blend of chemical nutrients, including high levels of protein, vitamin A and C, calcium and carbohydrates with comparably low calorie accompanying.
It seems to outsiders that our plant-based lives revolve around food. In fact, it's quite the opposite. We eat when we are hungry, we eat in portions as we desire at all times, no matter how large or small and we FEEL the energy imparted within our bodies and our minds.
Yes, there is an impact upon the mind that is part of the Plant-Based Secret. When you remove animal products from your diet, then discover that not only is that preferable but healthier and more energizing, messages came through like a bolt;
"How could we have been so wrong?"
"What other widespread beliefs do we hold that are completely wrong?"
We don't eat tofu very often. It's not a whole food yet for some recipes you expand your horizon for meal variations. I think I read that Minimalist Baker worked on this recipe for years. You can tell. It's very accurate. I knew then I read it the flavours would be in balance. Mustard seed, fennel and smoky paprika jumped out from the page.
My teenager loves this in a hoagie sandwich with plant based mayo. I pulse it forever until smooth. It's great on a Vegan Pizza too!