Pressure Cooker Vegan Lentil Soup

On the myriad cooking shows I watch they often use pressure cookers. I've often wondered to myself if I need one and if I did have one, what exactly I would make with it. 

I never did buy one for myself. I always figured I had the time to wait for the same thing to happen via the stovetop. 

But for some strange reason, my mother bought one. She doesn't even like to cook. Perhaps that factored into her decision. 

When she fell ill, I found myself with the desire to make good use of this appliance on her behalf. It felt therapeutic to create sustenance from this device that she'd bought so soon before she'd become sick. 
Since it's summer and hot, I thought to myself, I can make a complex broth based soup without making the house hot simmering it on the stovetop for a long time. 

My absolute favorite soup meal is lentil soup. It's just the ultimate vegan chicken noodle soup analog. It's the food of memories, childhood and comfort. It will give you a big hug. 


Weight Loss

When I first set out to stop eating animals weight loss was the furthest thing from my mind. But it happened anyway.

I haven't eaten meat for about a year and have lost around 10 lbs. I don't really exercise. I lead a pretty sedentary life. Wasn't trying to lose weight. It just happened cause I stopped eating meat.

Things I've learned from these changes in my eating choices. Meat is bad for weight loss. A vegetarian or vegan diet is healthier. Avoid refined snack foods which contain chemically modified oils.

The less sugar you can live on the better. For healthful sources of sugar look to fruits.

If you seriously want to lose weight I have to tell you that snacks are the biggest culprit. Chocolate, cookies, cake. These are the things that cause all your efforts to fail.

Diet soda is also a factor. Personally I like diet soda. Compared to traditional soda it's great. But only in moderation. Too much causes fat to be stored and weight loss to be stunted.

The simplest and easiest answer is to look at the ingredients. Only eat foods where you can pronounce all the ingredients and you actually understand what they are. Look for short ingredient lists with simple, common components.

Don't eat things you cannot identify. Don't consume foods with ingredients lists longer than your tax return.

In short, not eating meat makes weight loss easier. protein alternatives like beans are significantly lower in fat and calories. but on the whole, it's more just eating pure. Read ingredient lists and opt for the short story over the epic. your body will thank you.

a vegetarian or vegan diet is not intended to be undertaken simply for the weight loss benefits. while those may be wonderful side effects, a commitment to the value of all life is a prerequisite.