Since the Vipassana Meditation, I have been practicing a plant based diet. Predominantly I eat vegetarian with small amounts of fish or shell fish. If you have read past posts, I have also experimented with Paleo. Though some constitutional types need meat, an excess amount is ill advised.
From my cyclical diet plans, I have noticed that with vegetarianism, my external appearance looks more youthful. The first 10 days seem to result in a natural facelift. Whereas, the first 10 days of paleo, higher amounts of meat results in a healthy robustness, and fat loss. However, for me, a paleo diet is not sustainable. Giving up grains completely leads me to over consuming meat products which over time, will cause degeneration.
I realize now, a plant based diet is the way to go. I’m not saying I will never eat meat, but if I do, I prefer organic & grassfed. Typically, women who eat plant based diets may want to eat meat after their menstrual cycle to rebuild blood, which therein nourishes the body for proper functioning.
One pitfall a vegetarian diet can perpetuate is the consumption of excessive grains, especially in the consumption of refined grains like white rice. I recently changed to eating brown rice, as white can cause an insulin spike. Thus, white breads and white sugar should also be avoided. That being said, not all grains are bad, and some very good, but there are certainly poor choices, and excessive consumption of these is ill advised.
Currently, with a month into lacto-ovo vegeatarianism, I realize I would like to eliminate dairy. I do not drink milk, but cheese is so flavorful and satisfying for the taste buds. I do not however believe that it really adds to my constitution. I was actually born lactose intolerant, so my constitution actually is intolerant to cow’s milk. Goat milk is probably a safer choice, dairy free is probably the best choice.
That being said, apparently as a child I did not enjoy eating meat. In fact, when I ate beef, my tongue and lips would swell. Perhaps an allergic reaction, I presume so. The body’s response to food is a big signal to yourself. In order to build your sensitivity to what is healthy for your body, you must purify with clean water, exercise, sound sleep, be drug free, including alcohol free, order your surroundings, and clear your mind.
2016 was the first year that improving my fitness was not a resolution. My body has been worked quite a bit, and sometimes I feel I have over trained. I’m hoping that vegetarianism will help balance it out. The body needs exercise, but it doesn’t need to be super rigorous and intense, a truth that the fitness industry does not advocate. The industry, especially body building, promotes more exercise, bigger muscles, and for competition, water depletion, which is horrible for your body. Your body is like 90% water.
It’s great to see active people, but over active and obsession in the pursuit of attaining an image of “superior” strength with bulging muscles is a commitment few can attain unless their whole life is centered around it. I recognize the discipline behind it, but like paleo, it’s not sustaining. Those big muscles will eventually cause a puffy look if fat percentage is not managed. Moreover, all the concentric movements can cause energetic blockages, and improper placements of muscles in the fascia.
In conclusion, this year, my fitness will include home yoga, stretching and some running, not working out every day. My diet will remain plant based with a direction into veganism, something I have not fully explored but would like to, to see if it is for me. And last but not least, meditation, my new obsession ;)