To be or not to be … A Nutritarian
A nutritarian diet is one base on eating highly nutritious foods, mostly plant-based and whole. Over the last 3 years, Don and I have given up animal products and have made it a point to nourished ourselves with plant-based whole foods. For me it’s been a struggle to follow, not because I’ve given up most animal products, but because I’ve become mostly a “junk” vegan.
I don’t consider myself 100% vegan because I still eat eggs 1-2 times per month and seafood 3-4 times per year. Also, if there is cheese or milk on something I’m eating, as long as it is not an everyday occurrence, I’m ok with it. The “junk vegan” comes into play for everyday meals where I indulge in rice, breads, pastas, and/or “vegan” sweets.
Growing up in Puerto Rico, our staple meal was rice and beans. Pasta was something you ate once in a while, although pizza could be eaten at any time, especially in the company of friends.
Over the years and the older I get, I find that it’s become harder and harder to shed the extra pounds that refine flours and sugar tend to put on my body. No matter how many hours a day I go to the gym or how many miles I run on weekdays and weekends, I still can’t shed the last 20-30 pounds I need to get to my ideal weight.
Hydrating myself is another issue. Keeping my body alkalized is a shore and I know that I’m constantly dehydrated. Even when I’m thirsty and I’m craving a large glass of water, I refuse to take the time to drink it.
I share this struggle, because like me, I know there is so many others that go thru this on a daily basis. On the surface, I may always look like I’m doing everything perfect, however choosing the foods I partake from everyday it’s always a tough choice.