Throughout this healthy journey I have been on a few different diets. And when I say diets I don’t mean the Atkins Diet, Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers. I mean at some point I have been a full fledged meat eater, vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian and raw vegan. If you do not know what these things are, I have listed the definitions below:
- Meat Eater: A person who eats meat such as beef, pork, chicken etc.
- Pescatarian: A person whose diet includes fish but no other meat.
- Vegetarian: A person who has no meat nor fish in their diet.
- Vegan: A person who doesn’t consume any animal products, this includes eggs and dairy products.
- Raw Vegan: A person who does not eat any animal products, processed or cooked foods.
I’ve been a meat eater most of my life. I knew nothing else, beef, pork, chicken etc. It was good to me. It wasn’t until about two years ago that I started learning about where my meat was coming from. What I learned astonished me. Which is weird because before I’ve never really thought about where my food was coming from. There are so many animals that live in terrible unsanitary conditions until it’s time for slaughter, they are pumped with hormones, torn away from their offspring and are given a horrible diet. There are also so many health problems that go along with eating meat. Particularly research shows that red meat has ties to increase risks of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. For me, its just way too many animals dying for the simple satisfaction of a taste. So as you can see, my eating habits have swayed elsewhere. If you are a die hard meat lover, no judgement here, I just suggest you cut out the red meats and only eat lean meats with a low percentage of fat and grill your meats as much as possible. This will help you lose weight and dodge health problems.
Being a vegetarian was pretty easy for me. Meat wasn’t much of a problem for me to eliminate. I actually think that vegetarianism would be ideal for most people. I could still eat yogurt, cheese, eggs… But what was weird is, I didn’t want to eat cheese or eggs. Eggs make me feel a bit sick and cheese, well it doesn’t set well with me either.
I went vegan for 30 days. And I absolutely love the concept. You’re not harming any animals, you don’t have to worry about what hormones are in your food and you’re not putting dead flesh into your body. I believe that it’s an awesome diet. But I must say, during my 30 day vegan challenge I gained weight. And it was totally my fault. I was eating vegan cupcakes, cookies and cake. I was doing a fat vegan diet and I loved it, well until I saw how it affected my weight. It was hard to stick with the diet because there are animal products in so many things, bread being one of them :(. And I simply didn’t really know what to eat. Now, I want to let you know that just because someone is vegan, doesn’t mean they’re healthy. Vegan food can be highly processed and just as fattening as the rest. Oreos are vegan! But I’m not knocking veganism at all, I actually really wish I could stick with it the healthy way. I just now know the next time I go on a vegan diet I will do a lot of studying before delving into it. Doing vegan right!
I have also been raw vegan for a very short period of time. I only eat fully raw one or two days before my menstrual cycle . I used to have very bad menstrual cycles, so the only thing that I could really eat was raw foods. And eating these raw foods really did help me feel better. Fruits, veggies, seeds and nuts are in their most nutritious state when they haven’t been processed in anyway. Which means if there are any healing powers in these foods, they will work better in their raw form. I don’t know how my raw vegans out there do it! I think it’s incredibly honorable, but personally I like my food hot sometimes.
Lastly, I’ve been what people considered pescatarian. This means I eat fish instead of other meats such as chicken, cow, duck, deer etc.. This diet seems to work best for me. I figured if Jesus gave out fish to His people, then it must not be too bad. LOL However, fish is loaded with mercury nowadays, which is not good. I only have seafood 3 to 4 times a week. But honestly I get tired of the fishy taste.
Now even though I eat a pescartarian diet, I don’t particlarly consider myself one. I don’t know if further down the line that I will start eating chicken again or if I’ll start a vegan lifestyle. I firmly believe that everyone’s body is different and they respond to different diets in different ways. And the thing is, our body changes so our diets may change with it. I think the most important thing is to eat mostly whole unprocessed foods.
So there it is, my diet is whatever the heck I want it to be!!! I’m so tired of labels because nothing is absolutely me and nothing is absolutely you.
Side Note: I will say that I do think that humans need to cut down their intake of animals. There are just far too many of them dying for our satisfaction. I say, limit meat to 3 to 4 times a week (not every meal!) and be aware of where your meat is coming from. Is the animal you’re eating pumped with hormones, what did their diet consist of, were they treated humanely? As a people we can change how they treat these animals. They have unwillingly sacrifice their lives for us, it’s the least we can do.