My Vegetarian Journey + Beautiful Cookbooks I’ll Be Reading

My Vegetarian Journey + Beautiful Cookbooks I'll Be Reading | She Sweats Diamonds Wellness is a big part of my life and has become an area I’m focusing on more and more as I get older.  Since my car accident a little over two years ago, I’ve gained a tremendous amount of weight. And if you’re wondering what that number is, it’s a whopping 25 pounds.  On top of the accident, releasing weight has been difficult because I work a desk job. Apparently, you become unhealthier when you sit for long periods of time.

Yep, aside from gaining weight, sitting too much can kill you.

Obviously, I can change my job, but I also know that the better paying day jobs involve a desk, chair and computer. And until I have a job where I get to travel a bit, how am I going to release all this unnecessary weight and get back the old, but better me? Food. Awhile back, I went through a period where I hardly ate any red meat. It wasn’t a conscious choice by any means. I just happened to get on a semi vegetarian diet kick. And as I’m aware that the choices I make today affect my future, it’s making me consider a minor lifestyle change:

I’ve been thinking about going on a vegetarian journey.

About a year ago, I meal prepped a ton. Making a turkey kale salads four times a week, I had the same lunch everyday for three weeks. And what did I learn? Two things: 1) life is a lot easier and 2) my skin had never looked and felt better. I’ve been toying with this idea of becoming a part-time vegetarian for awhile now and have also done some research. For me, the trick is to find vegetarian meals with more than enough protein since I work out at least three times a week. And considering I’ve found quite a bit of helpful and beautiful cookbooks, I’m going to take my vegetarian journey one step at a time: 

#1: Go vegetarian for a week and see what happens.

#2: If all goes well, plan and eat vegetarian meals during the weekdays and treat myself to meat and other “balanced meals” during the weekends. Obviously, leave myself room to be flexible so I don’t stress about it.

#3: Discover a whole different world of cooking, various veggies and test out new recipes!

I’m currently in the middle of a 5-day detox this week and so far, it’s going well.

So, I’ve decided to reward myself at the end of my detox by ordering myself quite a few cookbooks! 

Check them out below.

Eat Clean, Play Dirty: Recipes for a Body and Life You Love by Danielle Duboise

Well+Good: 100 Healthy Recipes + Expert Advice for Better Living by Alexia Brue

The Beauty Chef: Delicious Food for Radiant Skin, Gut Health and Wellbeing by Carla Oates

Eat better not less – Around the World by Nadia Damaso

Whole Beauty by Shiva Rose

The Book of Greens by Jenn Louis

Inspiralize Everything: An Apples-to-Zucchini Encyclopedia of Spiralizing by Ali Maffucci

Beauty Food: 85 Recipes for Health & Beauty From Within by Maria Ahlgren

Good Clean Food: Super Simple Plant-Based Recipes for Every Day by Lily Kunin

The Pretty Dish: More than 150 Everyday Recipes and 50 Beauty DIYs to Nourish Your Body Inside and Out by Jessica Merchant

Here are some fun and beauty-related cookbooks I’ve also added to my wishlist: 

The Collagen Glow by Sally Olivia Kim

Host by Eric Prum and Josh Williams

Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen One Bowl Meals Cookbook

The Cook’s Atelier: Recipes, Techniques, and Stories from Our French Cooking School by Marjorie Taylor

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger M.D.

Matcha: A Lifestyle Guide by Jessica Flint

Honestly, I’m curious to experiment with this as I’ve always wondered how vegans and vegetarians can still love food. I mean, there’s only so many kinds of vegetables that exist, you know? Anyway, I can’t wait to find more vegetarian recipes to play around with in the kitchen. Here’s to making more delicious vegetarian meals and living a healthier lifestyle! 

If you’re a vegetarian and have some favorite recipes you love, please share below!  

I’d love to know your favorite healthy places to eat at too!


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I plan on sharing more of my health journey on social media, not just here on the blog. Please feel free to come along or join me and share with me your own story as well! 

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