Ode to Fried Chicken

The first month of my new vegetarian lifestyle was extremely difficult. I don’t know where I would be without meat substitutes doused in ketchup. However, even being a few months along and not missing fast food at all, there is still one food I literally fantasize about until I’m drooling. Fried chicken. It has always been, and will probably always be one of my all-time favorites.

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I don’t know what it is about a nice hearty helping of fried animals that is so appealing to me, but for some reason, even writing this my stomach is growling thinking of biting into a crispy chicken wing. On top of this personal struggle, my coworkers think it is hilarious to bring in chicken strips for dinner, and offer me a few. They like teasing me and testing how far I will actually go to refuse to eat it.

I will admit that I have slipped up twice now, and both times it has been fried chicken that got me. And there was the time that I accidentally took a bite of creamed corn with bacon in it. Seriously, who puts bacon in creamed corn?!? Anyway, Just a word of advice to those who are, or are thinking of becoming vegetarian, no matter how delicious your favorite cooked animals may be, the guilt is much more overpowering once you’re finished.

I remember the more recent time I slipped up and ate chicken like it was yesterday. My parents had brought home a huge tray of chicken wings, left over from a meeting. The whole house smelled amazing, and as I walked into the kitchen, there was a glorious mountain of fried goodness, and my family chowing down. I tried to resist as long as I could, but temptation took over after five minutes of intensely watching my sister eat hers. I piled a plate high and my family watched in awe as I ate ten poor animals’ limbs.

After the adrenaline of breaking my own rules wore off, I felt sick to my stomach. I thought of how those wings and legs belonged to animals, and the process of how they ended up in our kitchen and eventually into my stomach. I told myself that was the last time I was going to eat chicken, or meat in general… And it was… so far

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So, to save these adorable creatures, here is a recipe for animal-friendly fried chicken from Mary’s Kitchen!

Mary’s Kitchen Vegan Fried “Chicken”

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My (Very Laid-Back) Plan for Weight Loss

Let me preface this post by saying:

I know little to nothing about nutrition, and I honestly have no clue if my diet will even help me to lose weight, so I DO NOT recommend following the restrictions I set for myself.

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Even with my little education on nutrition, I know a few things to be true:

  • Fast food is bad for you
  • Sugary foods are bad for you
  • Vegetables are good for you
  • It is important to know what you are putting into your body

Before two weeks ago when I decided to be healthy, for breakfast I would have nothing. For lunch I would have Raising Cane’s Chicken strips or something extra greasy from McDonald’s. I would also probably throw in a Venti Iced Caramel Macchiato (nonfat of course, because I was clearly trying to watch what I ate). Dinner would typically consist of something microwavable like pizza rolls or ramen, chips, yogurt, and the occasional sweet treat. All this added up to about 2,440 calories!

Knowing myself, I needed to create a diet that gave me no slack when it came to fast food. My lunch break is 2 hours long, and there are plenty of cheap, greasy meals at my disposal. So, I decided being vegetarian is the way to go. If I can’t eat meat, I can’t eat fast food. As well as steering clear of fast food, being vegetarian would also force me to keep track of what nutrients I am putting into my body. The ideal form of calories you consume in a day should be roughly 50% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 20% fat. With my Fitbit app, I can track these percents as well as my calories.

Now, for breakfast I will eat homemade overnight oats, for lunch I will have brown rice and black beans or a high protein meat substitute, and for dinner I will have a high protein meat substitute and something from the list below.

Snacks throughout the day can include:

  • Light yogurt
  • Peanuts
  • String cheese
  • Fruit
  • Or homemade frozen strawberry Greek yogurt.

All of this adds up to 1,530 calories! The best part is that I am in no way starving myself. I eat when I’m hungry. However, going for peanuts or string cheese is a much healthier, and filling, option than snack cakes or carb-filled baked goods.

Below are the breakdowns of my calorie consumption before and after my diet switch.

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Not quite perfect, but much better for sure! I have high hopes for this new diet plan!

And So The Journey Begins

Hello! My name is Ashlyn, I am 18 years old, and I have recently decided it is time to begin my weight loss journey. Why now? Let me explain:

  • I am 5’2″ and 225 lbs
  • My dad was diagnosed with diabetes (which means it is more likely for me to end up with it)
  • I get tired when I walk up a flight of stairs
  • I eat a LOT of fast food
  • I would rather die than run a mile
  • My favorite rings don’t fit anymore

I have my whole life to live, and I will not watch any more of it pass me by because I am too big to enjoy it! Screen Shot 2018-01-17 at 10.47.35 PM

You’ve got to start somewhere, right?