Sunday, August 20, 2017

Weighing in on Plant-Based Eating

I officially survived the two week vegetarian experiment!  My first week was totally vegan, and in the second week I added back egg whites and plain, skim, organic Greek yogurt for the beneficial bacteria.

I consumed WAY more fibre than I would in an omnivorous diet, I found some very tasty vegetarian foods which I am keeping in my diet (Amy's burritos and President's Choice meatless burgers), and my intestines feel superbly clean! 😀  I also discovered Freshii as a delicious lunch stop for wraps-to-go, customizable and 100% fresh.

It was harder to get the amount of protein I aim for in my daily macronutrient ratio, but with some vegan protein powder it was possible.

I am reading a book, also available as a documentary, called "What the Health".  If you want a sobering look at the harm caused by animal-based diets, especially the unsanitary and cruel conditions under which much of this food is produced, have a look.

I have decided to walk a line in the middle of the road, and adopt a flexible pescatarian diet.  This means a vegetarian diet that allows seafood.  Out of all the kinds of animal flesh one can eat, I like seafood the best.  I'll keep my organic yogurt and egg whites as mentioned earlier, and expand my culinary repertoire to include wild caught seafood that is very low in PCB's and heavy metals like mercury, cadmium and lead.  I'm switching from cooking in butter to cooking with olive oil.  My flexible pescatarian diet means than if I am in an occasional situation where I could have organic free-range poultry or grass-fed beef, I wouldn't rigidly eschew that option.  For example, going to a restaurant that doesn't have anything in the vegetarian or seafood offerings that I would eat.

There are different types of vegetarians, and this article sums the categories up nicely:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

An edible experiment

One of my two top (as in trains with me double sessions four times per week) personal training clients has decided to make August a vegan month.  Having recently watched a Netflix documentary called "What the Health", he and his wife have decided to eat an exclusively plant-based diet for a whole month.  I don't have Netflix so I downloaded the e-book and will read it this month.  However, if you do have Netflix, check it out:

In the spirit of solidarity I said I would join him for a fortnight.  Two animal-free weeks.  I dutifully stocked up on veggie burgers, lots of organic produce* from Whole Foods, and reacquainted myself with a plethora of beans, pulses and legumes.  I tested (and liked) a frozen breakfast burrito from Amy's, for those hectic mornings and Manic Mondays.  I've pushed aside cow's milk for nut milks and will cook with olive oil rather than my traditional butter.  I'm taking a good quality multivitamin to make sure I don't run low on vitamin B12 or minerals like zinc and iron which are more abundant in and better absorbed from animal flesh than plant sources.

I am curious to find out if I notice any change in energy level or intestinal functioning.  I believe that humans are omnivores, but I also believe that much of the food available to modern day humans is poor quality, polluted, and full of junk and chemicals that are harmful to health.  Dairy products are full of hormones, eggs are from tortured force-fed chickens, and most of the meat consumed by people is NOT free-range/organic/grass fed/wild caught, etc.  Not to mention all the processed stuff that is called "food" which is really just sugar, salt, fat and chemicals!  I believe that when you drastically clean up your diet, get the crap out of what you're putting into your system every day, then your body will feel and function a whole lot better.

Thank goodness I can still enjoy my daily almond milk cappuccinos!  :-)

*Some, but not all, produce is important to buy organic.  Read a future posting about what you should buy organic and what you don't have to.  The lists are called the "Dirty Dozen" and the "Clean Fifteen".