I always had a preconceived notion of what it would be like. I avoided it like the plague and since I have been enjoying my plant-based/Vegan eating, I knew it was only a matter of time before I would cave and try it for the sake of trying it. And although my foray into Tofu may have done it a great injustice, it was just as horrible as I thought it would be.
On my day off this past Monday, I stopped into our local health food store to pick up some things to bring home for dinner. The Polenta Bake was delicious and the Falafel, while tasty, was a bit dry. I stepped outside of my comfort zone and bought a few pieces of marinated Tofu. The woman behind the counter assured me that, when it was heated up, it would taste like a chicken nugget. That should have been my first hint that it would be something that was meant to taste like food, but wasn’t real food.
(my home-cooked dinner…..without tofu)
In my quest to eat better and feel better, I have drastically changed the way I eat. I have not, in over seven weeks, craved any of the processed food or meats that I used to eat before I embarked on this journey. I have been truly surprised that I have not had any moments where I deviated from eating food that is essentially good for me and is in its purest form.
I get my protein from beans, nuts and oats, among several other foods, and I feel better than I have in a long time. My quality of sleep is better, my energy is better and I have no physical symptoms of the stomach upsets that I had before I cut out all of the processed crap that I once forced my body to ingest.
I am not going to preach about plant-based eating but I will say it is a dietary change that made a world of difference for me. And in that brave new world that includes foods that I could not have imagined enjoying the way I do, Tofu will never be one of those foods.