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Vegging Out?*

When I was growing up my family lived in a small farm town in northern Saskatchewan. I was constantly surrounded my animal livestock, in particular, cattle. Because of this I became very disturbed by the ethical concerns with eating the animals that I saw every day. So when I was sixteen I decided to become a vegetarian.

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It was hard at first, even though I felt it was the right thing to do. I had to get used to the taste and texture of tofu, which for anyone who eats tofu knows it can take some getting used to. My family was thoroughly annoyed with having to cook two meals, one with meat and one without. But after awhile I adjusted and enjoyed my new lifestyle.

I had joined PETA when I became a vegetarian, and with PETA’s influence I decided to become a vegan after about four months. But that didn’t last very long. I was very malnourished and began to get really sick. I was tired and fatigued all the time and I started to get migraines and back pain. My doctor told me that I could either eat some meat again or else.

I decided that I would start to eat chicken and fish again, but I still did not want to eat beef. Partly because I still felt bad for the cows and partly because after not eating it for awhile I didn’t really like it anymore. I actually didn’t eat red meat again for 2 years after that.

I understand that there are millions of people who practice vegetarianism and veganism everyday (about 4% of North America via) and do not have the problems that I did. I went into it unprepared and uninformed. So if you are thinking about starting a vegetarian or vegan diet then it’s important to learn for my mistakes and educate yourself before you start.

 

 

1. Start the easy way. Take your favorite dishes that you used to cook before you became a vegetarian and try cooking it in a veggie friendly way. Try using tofu or a soy meat alternative instead of the meat that used to be in it and add in extra veggies for more flavor and texture.

2. Buy a Vegan Recipe CookBook. Most likely being a vegetarian means that you’ll have to cook for yourself more often then not. Look for a cookbook that fits your taste and lifestyle, or search for great recipes online.

3. Don’t Push Yourself. You may feel really tired and hungry when you first start off eating this kind of diet. Remember that a lot of vegan/vegetarian food will have less calories then what you would have eaten before if it had meat in it. So you may have to eat a little extra to feel full or get all the nutrients you’re used to.

4. Get support from your friends. Try to get your friends to understand your choice. It will be harder to keep it up, especially if it’s hard at first, if your friends aren’t going to be willing to try your food too or eat at a veggie friendly restaurant.

5. Do not compare yourself with other vegetarians. If you are looking for inspiration from people who have been vegetarians forever then you may feel like a failure. People who have been eating this way for a long time are used to it so of course it’s easy. If this is something you really want then it will get easy for you too. Take their advice if it fits your lifestyle, and if it doesn’t then find someone else to help you that you mesh with.

6. Timing matters. Your ability to stick to the diet may completely depend on when you start it. Starting in the summer is good because of the variety of fruit and vegetables that are available. However, in the summer people tend to be traveling a lot and so it can make it hard if you are not going to be somewhere where you will have access to veggie friendly food. Winter is good because of this reason, that likely you will be home a lot and could cook for yourself. On the other hand you may not be able to get all the fruits and vegetables that you want. Figure out what will work for your lifestyle before you start. (via)

 

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Being a vegetarian or vegan can be a very rewarding lifestyle with many benefits. There are many celebrities that use the diet as a way to maintain their hot bodies, including Brad Pitt, Carrie Underwood, and Alicia Silverstone. Regardless of what reason you are going veg always consult your doctor or a nutritionist before starting to make sure that they inform you of the right supplements to take. That way you won’t end up sick like me.

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I’m Lighter Than Last Week

This isn’t going to be much of a post. I’m currently recovering from having my gallbladder removed. That was my fad diet. I lost 5 pounds on the ‘take the gallbladder out’ diet.

It was quite an amazing thing to lose weight. Thanks surgery. No Atkins or anything of the sort. I do follow the cigarette diet from the 20’s though. Actually, I am ‘dieting’ right now. haha

I can’t help but feel if someone doesn’t want to diet the old way (excercise with proper meal intervals), the new ‘fad diets’ are sure to be unsuccessful. I know it takes longer than sending a text or an email but the old way is definitely better than the new ways…

Look, because of my gall situation it feels like I am participating in a trendy new diet anyways. Vegetables, fruits, no cheese, low-fat, low-sugar, no junk – it’s like I don’t know who I am anymore

I’ve changed, I’ll admit it. It’s not you, it’s me……..I’m different now.
I don’t want the same things that I did *cough* 2 months ago.
I guess I just needed a change. Oh food, why do you do this to me.

Okay, I’m sore, don’t wanna sit here anymore. Need more medication. Oh snap! No it’s not Raven, it’s the new fad diet i’ve been looking for – PILLS. I know it works, i’ve seen it done.

See you guys next week when I’ll have regained at least 35% more mobility. Till then, have a great weekend

W

I need my bed

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The Blood Type Diet

OK, lets be serious, fad diets are always hard to follow and once you loose the weight, are you actually going to keep it off? I am not into dieting, but I came across this one and it is actually sounds kind of convincing and it might actually work. The Blood Type Diet was discovered and researched by Peter J. D’Adamo, who is a naturopathic doctor. His idea, is that lectins, which are food proteins react differently with each blood type. Therefore, certain foods are more beneficial then others.

D’Adamo research involves studying the evolution of blood types and the foods that were around during the discovery of the certain blood type.

So exactly what type of foods should we eat? Well,

  • Type O – should have a high protein diet and restrict grains, breads and legumes.
  • Type A – benefit from a vegetarian diet. However, some exercise would also be beneficial.
  • Type B – are considered to have a strong immune system and a flexible digestive system. Their diet should consist of low fat dairy products, meat and produce. However, it is advised that a Type B should stay away from wheat, corn and lentils. Moderate exercise is recommended.
  • Type AB – has a sensitive digestive tract therefore would benefit from a seafood, tofu, dairy and produce diet. However, try and avoid chicken, beef and pork. Also, some exercise would be beneficial.

This diet actually makes sense because our blood type is classified based on the presence or absence of certain antigens, such as proteins, carbohydrates, glycolipids and glycoproteins. Therefore, if we eat foods that is compatible with our blood, which is important for the transport of nutrients, oxygen and waste, ideally we should be healthier!

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The BACON diet*

So I bet you’re all trying to google “bacon diet” already. Well trust me you won’t find it. The Bacon diet is my families nickname for the low-carb diet. There is an interesting story to how that came about too.

About two years ago my sister got engaged. She was not interested in a long engagement, so just 5 months later she was going to be walking down the aisle. This did not give me very much time to look as super fabulous as possible in my brides-maids dress. So with little time left me and my parents decided that we would all go on the low-carb diet so we could all look our very best at the wedding. I mean these are pictures that will be on my sisters walls forever so I had to look amazing. We started the diet and cut out bread, potatoes, refined sugars, and ate nothing but meat, veggies, and fruit. Not being people that were experienced in cooking meals without carbs our meals started to consist of only meat, and sometimes we had meals of just bacon. Somehow, despite what I believe is medically sound, we started to lose weight and not just a little bit. Needless to say, we did look hot at the wedding.

I strongly advise against eating just bacon as a method of weight loss. However, a real low carb diet is one that can be effective, ecspecially if you’re trying to lose weight in a short period of time. May I just say that the low carb diet is not a sustainable way of eating. There can be serious health risks to eating this way for a long period of time, as there is with any diet, and you should always consult your doctor before starting a diet. And yes, my doctor was very appaulled by the bacon diet but for 5 months he said it wasn’t going to kill me.

 

 

So there are a lot of variations of the low-carb diet. Some want you to cut out all carbs, some say low carbs, some make you count carbs, etc. What results you want and what kind of diet you have now will help you to best determine what diet will work best for you. If your main diet is currently focused on eating carbs and sugary foods, then cutting out all carbs will give you subtantial results quickly. However if you eat a balance of carbs, proteins, and veggies already then going no carb won’t give you a lot of results right away. For you I would probably recommend protion control or not eating after 8. To figure out what will work the best for you consult a nutritionist and they will be able to tell you what will work for your needs.

Assuming you are on or starting a low-carb diet, figuring out what to eat can be one of the most difficult things you will face.

Snacks: Nuts are always a good option for the low-carb dieter. They’re tasty, high in protein, and filling. Some other options are celery with peanut butter or cheese, beef jerky, sugar-free jello, veggies and dip, and cheese and apple slices.

Lunch: Salad is a delicious, nutritious, and easy way to eat low-carb at lunch time. Try to get creative with the combinations of ingredients to keep things interesting. For example, grilled apricots, toasted hazelnuts, pancetta, with a white balsamic vinaigrette on arugula. Or a spinach salad with a roasted red pepper vinaigrette.

Supper: Supper can be very easy to cook low-carb. All you need is a protein and some veggies. Think of it as cooking your normal meal but omitting the rice or bread that you normally put with it. Try grilled tuscan steak with fried egg and goat cheese. Or grilled chicken with mustard dill sauce. Cook up either of those with a side of tomato salad or glazed carrots and ginger, and then you have a great meal.

Hopefully these ideas are helpful to any of you who want to try this diet. If anything I hope you don’t ever try the bacon diet.

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