A healthy diet is a way of eating that helps to maintain or improve overall health. A healthy diet provides the body with essential nutrition: macronutrients, micronutrients and adequate calories. A healthy diet may contain fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and includes little to no processed foods and in occasions animal products.
It was two months ago, while in Argentina, that I got in contact again with my vegetarian past. I was vegan for almost 2 years about 10 years ago. I ate some really delicious food completely home made, not processed, filled with colorful vegetables, cereals, healthy whole grain carbs and no animals except for eggs and fish.
My body felt amazing, with tons of energy and I would finish my meals feeling like I nourished my body with love and respect. No bloating or heaviness. Always ready to keep going with my day and not craving an after lunch nap.
During my stay in Buenos Aires I also got a routine blood work done and the results showed that my cholesterol was over the normal. That was a red flag for me. This two factors: feeling so good eating an ovo-pescatarian diet and knowing that my previous diet wasn’t working for me helped make the easy decision to change.
That said, it’s very important for me to clarify 2 things, first, that my diet change is on a belief that it’s a healthier way of living. Animals are the food group that contains cholesterol, excepting fish which contains healthy fats which actually helps lower cholesterol. But I also believe in balance, meaning that eating unhealthy/junk food every day is not a wise choice but having it once in a while won’t kill you. So even though I don’t consume dairy products in my daily life I do occasionally enjoy milk chocolate or some sort of desert which may contain some.
Second, I find joy in knowing that by lowering my animal consumption to almost none I am contributing to create a positive impact on the planet. There are countless studies that confirm that avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact. I invite you to not take my word for it but research, get informed and involved! You don’t need to cut everything off from one day to another, but just by reducing the amounts of animal products you eat weekly you will be helping more than you think!
I will be expanding more on the ovo-pescatarian diet and how lowering our animal based diet impacts the planet in upcoming posts!