“Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction”. – Cowspiracy
While I was experimenting on a different diet, I came up with a diet for a healthier lifestyle – vegetarian diet. I truly believe that every diet is worth trying. What kind of diet you do will truly depend on how much improvement it has caused you. Since I have tried juicing for 3 days in May – I’d like to challenge myself more. I tried doing vegetarian diet in 2012 but only for 2 days so I am doing it for a month now.
I wanted to know more about vegetarian myself. It will be challenging but I know the journey will be worth it.
There are different types of vegetarian diets:
1. Lacto-vegetarian – exclude meat, fish, poultry and eggs, as well as foods that contain them. Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, yogurt and butter, are included
2. Ovo-vegetarian – exclude meat, poultry, seafood and dairy products, but allow eggs.
3. Lacto-ovo vegetarian – exclude meat, fish and poultry, but allow dairy products and eggs
4. Pescatarian – exclude meat and poultry, dairy, and eggs, but allow fish
5. Vegan – exclude meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products — and foods that contain these products.
6. Flexitarian – a plant-based diet but includes meat, dairy, eggs, poultry and fish on occasion or in small quantities
I began being vegan on June 1st. It went well on my 1st day. I felt great, clean and light. I weighed 57.6kg. On my 2nd day, I ordered a vegan mushroom burger and I felt I was not prepared mentally to taste a burger which was just made of mushrooms. So, I puked. I couldn’t take the taste of it. I slipped and drink milk. So does that mean I failed my vegan diet? Well, I will not give up on this challenge. I am still a vegetarian only a lacto-ovo vegetarian though- I can eat eggs and drink dairy. I am quite guilty that I slipped. But will definitely go back eating vegan.
I don’t want to fail this challenge so I began researching a lot about vegetarian diet so I could have an in depth understanding about the subject and how I can improve on it. Upon doing my research, I came across a documentary named Cowspiracy. I was stunned.
Cowspiracy is an eye opening documentary not only to me as a human being trying to achieve a goal to be healthier but as a human being to help save the planet. It talked about climate change as a human caused. We’re in the middle of the largest mass extinction of species in 65 million years. As per the film – there’s more to climate change than just fossil fuels. The rain forest is being cut down at the rate of an acre per second. And the driving force behind all of this is animal agriculture. Cutting down the forests to graze animals and to grow soybeans. Genetically-engineered soybeans to feed to the cows and pigs and chickens and factory-farmed fish.
Another take away in the documentary is that: Eighty-two percent of the world’s starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals in the livestock systems that are killed and eaten by more well-off individuals in developed countries. The fact of it is that we could feed every human being on the planet today an adequate diet if we did no more than take the feed that we’re feeding to animals and actually turn it into food for humans.
My heart sank while I was watching this film. I love food and the tasteful adventures of it. I sometimes wish I did not watch it so I won’t feel guilty but I need to become part of an evolution that will create a change in this world. I will slip a lot of times when it comes to not eating meat, seafood or poultry but will lessen my intake of it and maybe in the future will be full grown vegan.
The only problem I have with vegetarian diet is the amount of refined carbs and sugar inclusion. Therefore, I need to customize my own vegetarian diet eliminating the refined carbs and lessening the sugar intake. I’m going to pursue this lifestyle without jeopardizing my health.
Being a vegetarian makes me feel great. I feel lighter. And I have never loved vegetables than ever before. They taste so much better now. It’s just very hard to try a lot of complex vegetables as it becomes very expensive with all the organic ingredients.
I love that I am getting more adventurous in the variety of vegetarian foods to try. I am quite excited and looking forward to the vegetarian dishes everyday. I am now exploring my vegetarian options and I even take care of 2 plants named Lily and Daisy. My other plan too is to try cook my own vegetarian dishes. Can’t wait!
My vegetarian diet is still on going. If I slip does that mean I am not vegetarian? I am trying to be a healthier human being and would want to help save the environment by doing all my best to eat meatless, without eggs and cheese on my diet. I am still amazed how other vegans don’t slip, that requires a lot of dedication. I am just so proud of them.
I want to help the planet be sustainable. I understand that I can’t do a meatless Monday and will do a meat day for the rest of the week. Let’s not put laurels to what we do right only 1/7th of the time. I will ensure to do my part in helping save the environment.
I want to end this by saying that the planet earth is on a life support. She has given so much to us for so long. It is time to give back. I understand this is tough but I can do it one step at a time.
Update: August 7 11:18pm
My Lacto-ovo vegetarian diet ended July 25th. I head out to celebrate my vegetarian journey in one of my favorite Vegetarian restaurants Elemen. Mouth watering food! I’d love to go back! 🙂
It was very hard vegetarian journey but I loved and enjoyed the experience. I have never thought I could do it!! And I am still trying until today to try to eat healthy food.
Maria, sometimes Niskie