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Going Out To Eat As a Vegetarian

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Being a vegetarian often means that there aren't a ton of meatless options when going out to eat. Not that there aren't any. But, I usually have to do my research when invited to go out for food.

I always check out their menus first to see if there's anything that I can eat outside of a garden salad. Restaurants nowadays are beginning to incorporate more meatless options onto their menus as the vegetarian community continues to grow. In efforts of sharing my meatless finds, I decided to create a series called "Going Out To Eat". Basically, I will be sharing with you my different restaurants I stumble upon that offer meatless options to you all.

Have you ever been to Rutledge Cab Company?

Rutledge Cab Company is one of Charleston's most popular restaurants. It's located in Downtown Charleston just off of Rutledge Avenue. I've always heard a ton of buzz about the foods and drinks here, and finally decided to give it a shot.

Upon first stepping in, you immediately get a relaxed and chill feeling. It's a very laid back environment. There are indoor and outdoor seatings available. My husband and I were seated in the outdoor area. We went during lunch hours on a Tuesday. It wasn't very crowded. It's perfect for when you want to simply enjoy a nice lunch without it being so hectic.

My husband and I were a bit long-eyed and decided to order an appetizer. Usually, most places offer the typical appetizier options: fried pickles, mozarella sticks, chicken wings, or nachos. But I loved that Rutledge Cab offered this unique app to their menu.

We got the chargrilled shishito peppers. Never heard of this combination before, but I must say that it was indeed tasty.

To my surprise, it wasn't very spicy. You would think with peppers that the dish would have quite the kick, but it was actually a very subtle taste. The hibachi white sauce with lime really brought the flavors together. Definitely something to try out when visiting here.

For the entree, I checked their menu beforehand and to my surprise they offer a garden burger.

Let me start of by saying this burger is so fulling. I couldn't eat the whole thing. The garden burger is loaded with lentils, mushrooms, and brown rice for texture. It's topped with thousand island dressing, and your usual lettuce and onions. I would have preferred if there was more dressing added to the burger. I love a juicy and saucy burger and I would have loved to really have the dressing loaded on here.

I will say that the food option isn't the healthiest, but delicious nonetheless. If you're ever in the Charleston area and seeking a great place that offers meatless options, Rutledge Cab has got you covered!

Amazing Juices To Try

I'll admit. I'm still fairly new to the juicing game. I got a juicer for Mother's Day, and I've been hooked since!

Having a juicer has helped me to consume more fruits and vegetables in one sitting. The benefits of juicing is basically that your body is able to absorb more nutrients directly, and gives your body a break from having to digest all of the fiber. Yes, when juicing you are extracting more of the nutrients from the juice but not the fiber. But no need to worry. Unless you're lacking fiber regularly in your diet, this shouldn't be a problem.

Pictured above are two of my favorite juices to create. I will often use these as a meal replacement for breakfast or lunch, or if I find myself wanting a quick pick me up in between meals.

Mean Green Juice
I'll admit. It's taken me a while to get used to the taste of green juice. Definitely acquired over time. They aren't the most palatable, but the more you drink it the better it gets. Eventually, you'll find what works best to offset the bitter taste of spinach or other leafy greens added to your juice. Here's what I used:

2 handfuls of spinach
4 stalks of celery
1/2 of lemon
1 green apples

The apples and lemon definitely help to balance out the flavors of the green juice. But trust me, this juice will leave you feeling hydrated. It's als rich in iron.

Happy Orange Juice
I like to call this my Happy Orange Juice because it is literally my favorite juice. It was the first juice I made that I was truly impressed with, and it's been a staple ever since. Here's what I used:

1 grapefruit
1 navel orange
5 whole carrots

What I love the most about this juice is the sweet and sour combination. The sweetness from the apple along with the citris taste of the grapefruit just makes this juice amazing. Truly my favorite.

If you're interested in trying out some juices, Pinterest and Youtube have great recipes.

I Stopped Eating Meat And This Happened

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

For my New Year's Resolution, I made the decision that I wanted to transition into a meat-free diet. I got to a place where I didn't enjoy how I felt after eating certain meals, and my body was telling me that it was time for a change.

Can't lie. The idea of giving up meat sounded absurd in the beginning. I had been consuming meat my entire life. My thoughts were just like any other person that isn't familiar with a meat-free diet. How do you get protein? Are you only eating fruits and veggies for every single meal? 

Well, I knew I couldn't just dive into this. I knew that I had my work cut out for me and I wanted to research as much as I possibly could about removing meat completely out of my diet. I constantly searched through Pinterest and Youtube for ideas until I had a grasp on how I wanted to get started.

I didn't want to go cold turkey starting this diet. 

In November, I started off by removing meat from my breakfast. This was pretty easy for me as I never ate much meat for breakfast outside of bacon. Then, I started to remove meat from my lunch. However, for dinner, I would still prepare a meal that had some meat. Eventually, it didn't take long before I began weening meat from dinners. 

Came January 1st, I removed meat entirely and was ready to take this seriously. I feel amazing, and have begun to see the benefits already. 

I Don't Feel Sluggish
Normally, after each meal I would feel extremely tired and drained. The only thing that could remedy this was to simply take a nap. I didn't even have the energy to walk off a meal. I just couldn't muster the strength. But now, I've noticed that although I am full I don't feel tired. If anything, I have a ton of energy. 

I Know My Body
When you begin to put more good than bad things into your body your body can easily tell when something doesn't agree with you. I went out to eat with a friend and ordered a spinach and mozzarella quesadilla. Although it was tasty, it was only a matter of minutes before my body wasn't feeling well after eating it. Maybe it was the cheese? Maybe it was too greasy? Not sure, but it didn't take long for me to identify what it was that didn't sit well.

No More Postpartum Shedding
When I stopped breastfeeding my son, postpartum shedding hit me hard. My hair was coming out in clunks each time I washed it or combed it. It was so bad that I had balding and thinning around the fronts and nape of my hairline. I wash my hair once a week, and by week three...I noticed that I didn't see clumps of my hair coming out. The shedding has decreased significantly.