Why I Became a Vegetarian

Deciding to become a vegetarian 25 years ago was an impulse decision that I have never regretted making. I didn’t like the way eating meat made me feel, nor did I like the slaughtering of animals. And so one day, while separating the raw chicken breasts in a value pack into smaller portions, I stopped and thought about what I was holding in my hands and asked myself if this, if eating meat, was really something I felt good about. My wife didn’t need any convincing and just like that, we became vegetarians. We’ve never looked back, and year by year, as the research on the benefits of living a vegetarian lifestyle increase, I feel proud of the choice that we made.

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Strawberry Milkshake

This classic strawberry milkshake with whipped cream and a sprinkling of granola on top is a delicious and nutritious liquid snack that satisfies and energizes. Feel free to substitute the strawberries with your preference of fresh or frozen fruit.

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How Health Class Triggered My Eating Disorder

It’s that time of the year when kids say goodbye to summer and return to school. While the current state of the world is posing unprecedented challenges to students, that transition—even under more normal circumstances—was always difficult for me. Whether it was in eighth grade when I rapidly spiraled into an eating disorder days after the school year began or my first hospital admission in the fall of ninth grade or having to medically withdraw from college last year after only one month, going back to school consistently caused quite a few problems.

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Strawberry Shortcake

These little cakes are a favorite of Katherine’s so we always make them special for her birthday. Not too dense and filled with fluffy whipped cream and sweetened strawberries, they’re enjoyed by all.

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Banana Bread

Homemade banana bread was a staple snack in Julia’s eating disorder recovery. This treasured baked good is equally as nutritious as it is delicious and can be augmented calorically with the addition of ground nuts, shredded coconut, or chocolate chips to the batter.

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Lemon Bars

The simple preparation and use of common pantry ingredients have made these delectable bars a regular in our kitchen. The light lemony filling combines beautifully with the flaky golden crust to create a perfect bite.

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Pancakes

Our family enjoys these delightfully fluffy pancakes every Saturday morning. The basic recipe can be augmented with your choice of add-ins. Our favorites include chocolate chips, bananas, blueberries, and, for a seasonal treat, pumpkin spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves).

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Pizza

Every Sunday night, our family sits down together to enjoy this cheesy and comforting Italian staple. We prepare it New-York style thin crust, however by using a smaller pan, the crust can easily be the thickness of your choosing. The toppings, as well, are adjustable and ample, with our favorites being spinach and black olives.

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