A few weeks ago, Team UNITED (so, just me) took up a raw vegan challenge – basically five days of eating in line with a raw vegan lifestyle. According to the internet, “raw veganism” is also sometimes referred to as “absolutely awful”, which we found to be more accurate.
The back-story is that when it comes to food and nutrition, about the only things I am confident in are broccoli and water. Everything else seems to be the most amazing thing ever, and dangerous, at the same time depending on who is telling the story. With this in mind, for …
Having watched our fair share of food/health/industry related documentaries, the most recent being Food Choices, the common thread is that a plant-based whole-foods diet is favoured as the most environmentally sustainable, and best for ideal human health. Aggressive debates aside, it seemed to us that the logical progression from being an observer was to become a participant. Whilst the Project UNITED household has been a vegetarian household for about five years, we (well, me. I’m pretty sure Mrs UNITED will shake her head and leave the room) have decided to accept the challenge …
…for vegetarians in Brisbane’s inner South East. Yes that is very specific.
Intro and caveats
Over the course of the last two and a half years or so, Mrs UNITED and I (yes that’s right, I’m married, sorry ladies) have journeyed across the inner South Eastern suburbs of Brisbane doing breakfast on most Friday mornings at any new and exciting establishments that we can find (I’ll be the one wearing at UNITED shirt, not because I am peddling my own brand, but because I don’t really have any other clothes). We aren’t “foodies”, so we certainly don’t have any credibility …
The popularity of vegetarianism and veganism is certainly on the rise. Whilst these dietary lifestyles aren’t for everyone, those who pursue these lifestyles may do so for various reasons, from animal welfare and humanitarian issues, to general health related issues, or simply in order to reduce the weekly grocery bill. But if you were considering adopting a plant-based diet, here are some things to consider when going meatless.
Once the menu-shock of removing meat from your dinner plate subsides, there are some strategies you may need to consider in order to transition to a veggie-based regime whilst …
UNITEDThings to consider when going meatless (or meat reduced)
Across the next two Monday’s (including the one we are currently enjoying), we identify 12 (yep, twelve!) dietary tribes and outline what makes them what the are. We have left Paleo out largely because we covered it here.
Who makes the 12 tribes?
Most of us know the main ones – veganism and vegetarianism for example, but there are a few which you may not know so well:
a. Flexitarian or semi-vegetarian
d. Ovo-lacto vegetarian
Pizza is the best thing in the history of everything. Fact. But that doesn’t mean it has to be an unhealthy option in your dietary regime. This quinoa (pronounced keen-wah, notqueen-oh) pizza base is a peach and is extremely easy to create. Note that the quinoa needs soaking overnight, so plan ahead.
Quinoa pizza base ingredients
1 cup of quinoa
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons chilli powder or mixed herbs (optional – we found that on its own, the quinoa base can be a little bland)