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Friends & Vegan ‘dillas
Yesterday was a long day. After 10 hours at the clinic, I was so ready for a relaxing evening! Matty and I had plans to go to our friends Annie and Morgan’s house for dinner and we couldn’t wait. It was long overdue! We brought the food and Annie and Morgan supplied the pinot grigio.
Veggies + pinot = balance.
When Matty and I first made Mama Pea’s Summer Succotash Quesadillas with Nacho Mmm Sauce, Matty was absolutely smitten by them. Yes, smitten by quesadillas. We love to cook them for friends because they’re a great “transition” meal, a vegan meal that tastes similar to the dairy-filled version. We used brown rice tortillas and daiya pepperjack. They came out beautiful!
Matty is always the resident ‘dilla-flipper. He’s a champ.
Annie and Morgan loved the meal and both of them commented on how they felt so satisfied but not “weighed down.” Hearing my friends compliment vegan food that I’ve helped make is literally one of the most rewarding feelings. I love helping others see how accessible and delicious vegan food can be!
We bonded and laughed the night away. It was so perfect and just what we needed after a long day of hard work!
Matty, Annie, and Morgan have been close friends for awhile, and it felt so nice to be welcomed into their little friendship triangle. It’s safe to say that we’re now a happy-go-lucky friendship square.
This morning’s workout was completed courtesy of the Tone It Up Beach Babe DVD. I did the Surfer Girl and Bikini Abs routines back-to-back and sweat up a storm in my Reebok gear that I received at #RBKFITBLOG.
I dubbed the lower half of me “Reebok Heather.” Even my socks were Reebok!
My plan was to work on my freelance pieces through the morning but I ended up having to drive my mom to the doctor. She is really sick and too weak to drive so I took her to the office and got some work done there while she went in for her appointment.
After a full morning of driving and writing, I was pretty hungry when we arrived home. It was a later-than-usual lunch time for me and my tummy was rumbling like crazy, so I whipped up Old Faithful.
To start, I sliced half a sweet potato and roasted it in the oven at 450 degrees for a little over 15 minutes. Meanwhile, I made a tofu scramble with spinach, broccoli, and red pepper sauteed in 1 tsp. coconut oil. For seasonings, I used 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast, 1 1/2 tsp. Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb Seasoning, and 1 tsp. mesquite. It was divine!
Study Shows Link Between Vegetarianism & Eating Disorders in Women
A few days ago, a wonderful reader brought this article to my attention. The Huffington Post article reports on a study published in The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics called “The Inter-Relationships between Vegetarianism and Eating Disorders among Females.” Researchers studied 160 women, 93 with an eating disorder (ED) or history of an ED, and 67 without an ED. The study says that 52% of the women surveyed who had an eating disorder claimed they had tried vegetarianism while practicing their ED habits. 12% of the women without an ED said they had experimented with a vegetarian diet.
In the study, the motivation to go vegetarian was quite different between women with eating disorders and women without. None of the women without eating disorders reported becoming vegetarian to lose weight. Nearly half of the women with an eating disorder history said weight was their primary motivator.
68% of the women surveyed said their vegetarianism was related to their eating disorder. A vegetarian diet helped them lose weight, cut calories and feel in control, they reported. 13% of the recovered women were still vegetarian/vegan. All cases of vegetarianism occurred during the womens’ eating disorders.
The Huffington Post interviewd an RD who said that vegetarianism and/or veganism can be a way people try to “cut out a number of food categories.” According to the article, the RD, was not involved in the study, said that the research doesn’t say that vegetarianism causes eating disorders but does imply that it can be a symptom of an ED for some women.
My Two Cents
When I first read this article, I wasn’t surprised. It is true that the decision to become vegetarian is fairly common after women develop an ED. Why are women who have an ED more likely to become vegetarian? The ED brain, specifically the anorexic brain, is calorie-restriction driven, so it seems like a natural decision for a woman with an ED to gravitate towards vegetarianism for that reason. They can omit meat (and possibly dairy), thereby using vegetarianism as their reason for not consuming those foods and masking the real reason (their ED) at the same time.
It is important to note that women with eating disorders who adopt a vegetarian diet in connection with their eating disorder use it as an excuse to remove more food from their diet so they don’t have to think about eating it. I would argue that it isn’t really vegetarianism that motivates most women with EDs to adopt that dietary lifestyle. Rather, it is the motivation to remove as much food from their life as possible, or to eat as little food as possible.
I found it very interesting that none of the women who were vegetarian and did not have an eating disorder said they were not vegetarian for weight loss purposes. This sort of echoes my sentiments in the previous paragraph. Motivation to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle for people without an eating disorder involves issues such as animal rights, environmental, and personal health reasons.
Not all women who have EDs are going to restrict their food intake by means of going vegetarian, and this study fails to show that. It is also good to note that the study’s sample size is very small. Only 160 women were surveyed so a true, accurate report cannot really be assessed here and is not representative of all women with and without eating disorders who are and are not vegetarian.
Most importantly, I would like to know about the 13%…the smaller margin of women who remained vegetarian or vegan after their EDs. Are they like me? Are they like the many amazing women from Gena’s Green Recovery Series? What was their motivation for remaining meat and/or dairy-free? I want to know! And we deserve to know – because I’m sure we would find stories not of restriction and disgust but of fulfillment and joy.
What do you guys think?