Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, etc. It’s hard not to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of dietary choices/lifestyles. I’m fortunate that I don’t have any hard dietary restrictions (other than full-fat milk, but milk is gross so ~whatever~) but that doesn’t mean I want to necessarily eat whatever I want all the time.

Growing up in an Indian household, my family never cooked red meat in the house, but my parents always encouraged me and my brother to try new things. Even though we eat chicken and seafood at home, our diet is probably 80% vegetarian just due to the nature of Indian cooking. And I love it. My mom’s vegetable subzis and curries are so yummy so how could I not? In college and even post-grad, I’ve noticed that whenever I cook, it’s so much easier to not use meat. It just takes so much more time and quite frankly, is kind of expensive. 

These past few years, I’ve been inspired by the shift towards more sustainable habits, whether it's for apparel, cosmetics, or even food. Since I am regularly weightlifting, there is always a slight worry in the back of my head that reducing my meat consumption can be detrimental to my fitness goals. However, keeping a rough track of my protein intake is more than enough for me. And in terms of just taste, I love a good juicy burger like any other carnivore out there, but I’ve been more conscious of my beef consumption in particular since it's so bad for the environment.

What about you? Have your dietary preferences changed over the years?