Monday, July 28, 2014

Are you a vegan, carnivore, vegetarian or flexatarian?

From: I'll Take a Bite
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.
In this day and age, there is a huge variety of the way people eat. Given all the changes in the food industries, people started thinking for themselves. As we all know, Vegan has become immensely popular over the last decade and equally vegetarian or strictly Paleo. Where do you fall on the scale? For me, I fall somewhere in the middle and I would call myself Flexatarian. I do eat meat on occasion and I do wear animal products, but I try to keep it to a minimum and stay away from red meat. For the most part I try to have a 90% vegetarian diet full of organic produce and green smoothies. I'm convinced I was a rabbit in a former life, because I love my veggies, especially carrots. I consider most food to be our first defense against disease and it definitely starts with vegetables and fruits.

Sooner or later, people figure out that what they feed their body is more important than the medication they use to make their bodies feel better. Food directly influences a person’s health. Rather than relying on medication to mask the symptoms, food can be used to treat the cause of the symptoms. People have been successful at getting themselves off of medication. Some do it by going on a fresh juice fast. Others accomplish getting rid of their conditions by cutting out one thing from their diet. It takes knowledge and dedication, but people can be healed of their conditions.

Some people have food allergies and don’t even know it. If certain conditions occur after eating a type of food, it is worth it to go without it for a while. Another way to discover food allergies is to visit a doctor to get tested. Other people have food sensitivities. Some people have a hard time digesting lactose, and others have a hard time digesting gluten. Common symptoms, for both, include bloating, flatulence and general malaise.

Being Vegetarian or Vegan doesn't mean you have to give up all of life's foodie pleasures. There is a plethora of delicious dishes. You just have to get creative, especially with sauces. I am not full on vegan. Vegan's typically opt to not wear leather or anything made with animal parts or bi-products. They choose only vegan candles, clothing, body care, hair care and so much more that is readily available now more than ever in our society. Unfortunately, keeping up with all that is too drastic and expensive for me. I do my best with my 90% vegetarian diet for health reasons and for animal cruelty reasons. 

Whatever a person chooses to eat, it’s best to avoid processed foods. Processed foods have a lot of chemical additives, sodium and fat added to them in an effort to keep them fresh and make them taste good. They're also just extremely bad for the health and cause rapid weight gain. Processed food digests quickly and enters the bloodstream rapidly. This means faster absorption of fat, sugar and sodium.

For people who want a healthy diet that isn’t restrictive, it’s best to consume lean protein, whole grains, dairy and large amounts of fruit and vegetables; however, if a person has issues with gluten and lactose, it’s best to rid dairy and whole grains from the diet entirely. Eating and living healthy can be accomplished, but learning how comes first. 

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