It doesn’t surprise me that now I have found the perfect sustainable healthy living plan, that I have still found aspects of it to feel guilty about.
**cue the hands up of all the other disordered eating folk out there**
In the early part of the game in was all raw. But ended up including occasional cooked foods to make eating out easier and more enjoyable. And then later again added more regular cooked meals because of budget and my increased ability to eat more fruit…and that brings us to now, where because of food intolerences to phytic acid/pectin foods I’m on raw till 4 with usually 1 day per week all raw.
And, I feel good, as long as I keep water intake very high with cooked foods, my belly is happy. …but alas my brain is not.
I think because I know deep down that all raw, mostly fruit with some leafy greens is ideal for my health. I feel great on the days i eat like this, and even more amazing if i do all raw for a week straight. I feel trim, and lean and my stomach is flat as a board!
Though, since discovering I’m lectin/phytic acid intolerant my former lovely raw recipes of lasagna and zucchini noodles are not an option, I’m basically stuck with lettuce and avocado and carrot for a raw salad…which when I’m trying to be low fat leaves me with a rather boring salad indeed.
So, lately, after a time of trying to have more raw dinners my fat intake was creeping way up. So resigned myself to the fact I was going to have to have more white rice and cooked hard vegies like broccoli and cauliflower to keep my calorie intake up and fat low.
And while i love the variety and social ease this brings, cooked food is addictive. I want to eat less cooked dinners, theres lots of factors making it difficult mainly budget but also its so boring to eat fruit for dinner. …you can’t tell me the idea of eating banana nicecream makes you feel as warm and fuzzy as vegi soup on a cold winters night. You just can’t.
So what the fuck do I do?
I guess make more of an effort to have raw dinners. I was aiming for 3 cooked meals per week but im too weak for that in winter. But I am going to try evey second day, thats easy to rememeber…”well last nice i had rice and lettuce boats, tonight i will have lettice wraps with some nori” (i know thats not raw but what the hell).
And I know ive been up down up down with raw /cooked dinners, but that’s what it’s like getting used to this lidestyle. Like a big fuck off crazy rollar coaster. but that’s the learning process…the way we adjust our life to fit the food and adjust the food to fit the life. Its all worth it.
Theres absolutely a side of me thats pissed off BC I want my body to be happy with cooked veggies and rice everynight but I guess I still have healing to do before my digestion is strong enough to cope with that.
Freelee would have been raw for many years before going raw till 4 so I imagine her system can cope with it. I love that she posted that pic of her after being on the lifestyle for 2 years…she’s come such a long way…I’ve been vegan for 1.5 years…following high fruit for most of that…and I know plenty of healing has happened and there’s plenty still to be done.
With the weight loss side, I see bit of my body changing gradually, and that’s a constant reminder that I’m on the right path….however I also realize weight loss is slower with cooked foods, but for me the ulternative (all raw) doesn’t work for my life right now.
But that is the great thing about this lifestyle you still get healither leaner fitter, its all a matter of time.
:) so I hope you are all finding ways to feel better & get better at being who/what you want to be. The time will pass anyway, might as well be on the path to GREATNESS!!!
Happy carbing little fruities
itsnyaaabetch said: In your idea of a perfect world, no animals would be killed/eaten right? So the entire planet would be surviving on what? How long do you think this world would last like that?
This is a great question. As cool as it would be if everyone decided to go vegan, it wouldn’t happen overnight. As more people decide to switch to a humane and compassionate lifestyle, the demand for animal products starts to decline. When this happens, farmers start breeding less animals for consumption.
What effect does this have on the environment?
- Less carbon dioxide emission (if one person exchanges eating meat for a vegan diet, they’ll reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 tons per year)
- less methane production (chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows are collectively the largest producer of methane in the U.S.)
- less nitrus oxide (the meat, egg, and dairy industries produce 65% of worldwide nitrous oxide emissions)
- not to mention that 1 calorie from animal protein requires 11 times as much fossil fuel as one calorie of plant protein
- and the diets of meat eaters create 7x the greenhouse emissions as the diets of vegans
- nearly half of all water used in the United States goes to raising animals for food. it takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat (1 pound of wheat requires 25 gallons)
- you’d save more water by not eating one pound of meat than you would by not taking a shower for 6 months
- raising animals for food uses 30% of the earth’s land mass (that’s about the same size as Asia! approx. 17 Million sq. miles. to give you another point of reference, the moon has less area than that, at 14.6 million square miles)
- more than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland to grow grain to feed farmed animals
Why is raising animals for food so inefficient?
- 70% of grain and cereals grown in U.S. are fed to farmed animals
- it requires 16 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of meat
What does eating meat have to do with people starving in other countries?
- every ounce of water, grain and resources that goes towards an animal who will ultimately be slaughtered is an ounce of water or grain that could have gone to those who so desperately need it. a study published earlier this year in the journal Environmental Research Letters analyzed the world’s agriculture resource data and found that humans cutting meat from their diets could play a significant role in combating world hunger. According to the researchers, 36 percent of the total calories that come from crops are allocated to farm animal feed, but only 12 percent of those calories actually make it to people’s dinner plates. The researchers concluded that if all of the world’s crops were directly consumed by humans, there would be approximately 70 percent more food available, providing sustenance for an additional 4 billion additional people.
Check out this article, in which the UN is urging a global shift towards a vegan diet -
As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, says the report from United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.”
So, in short, if the planet begins to move towards a vegan diet, our planet would last much longer, there would be better food opportunities for people who don’t get enough, there would be less damage done to the environment, there would be less disease, and maybe the other sentient beings on this planet will finally be treated with the respect they deserve.