Time for another adventure! Becoming a Vegetarian! We have heard the pros and cons for years…….like, “You can’t eat that way, you won’t get enough protein” “It’s too radical” “You just make it harder to hang out with your friends” OR “It’s the ONLY way to eat” “You’ll feel better and be in better health” We have heard from both sides, so we’ll be guinea pigs for you and see if we can tell a difference!
You’ve heard the hype, now let’s get the facts. According to the Harvard Medical there are different varieties of vegetarians:
Strictly speaking, vegetarians are people who don’t eat meat, poultry, or seafood. But people with many different dietary patterns call themselves vegetarians, including the following:
Vegans (total vegetarians): Do not eat meat, poultry, fish, or any products derived from animals, including eggs, dairy products, and gelatin.
Lacto-ovo vegetarians: Do not eat meat, poultry, or fish, but do eat eggs and dairy products.
Lacto vegetarians: Eat no meat, poultry, fish, or eggs, but do consume dairy products.
Ovo vegetarians: Eat no meat, poultry, fish, or dairy products, but do eat eggs.
Partial vegetarians: Avoid meat but may eat fish (pesco-vegetarian, pescatarian) or poultry (pollo-vegetarian).
For our trial we will be Lacto-ovo vegetarians! (Bill doesn’t want to give up his cereal or ice cream!) Check out this link from Fox News that gives the basic pros and cons of this lifestyle. We’ll do some more research as we go. Our plan: 21 days!
Someone recently asked, “Well, weren’t you on a vegetarian lifestyle when you were juicing?” Well, yes we were. The purpose of juicing was to “reboot” our systems. We will continue to juice as we go. The benefits are great! Juicing can have its limitations though. It’s hard to eat out or go to someone’s house for supper – unless you plan on drinking your juice and watching them eat. Juicing only uses fruits/veggies and is healthy. The vegetarian lifestyle can be very unhealthy and lead to health problems if you make poor choices – like eating ice cream and Twinkies all the time. Don’t you love the food people?? Haha! Kerry sent it to me. She will be joining us on this journey. Do you want to try it with us? Let’s find how easy it is (or isn’t) to have a vegetarian lifestyle, interact with others, and see what the benefits are.
As always, if you have any health issues, consult your doctor.
Recipes and other great info to come! We will start next MONDAY. We’ll spend this week getting our “ducks in a row”!