I don’t know the formal term for it. I’m just trying to create healthy eating habits for myself and my family!!
It’s funny when I come across holistic lifestyle eating habit terms, and I have to go and research it to figure out its meaning.
Pesectarian: one whose diet includes fish but no other meat
Vegan: a strict vegetarian who consumes no animal food or dairy products; also : one who abstains from using animal products (as leather)
Vegetarian: one who believes in or practices vegetarianism. Herbivore. One whose diet is plant-based.
Flexitarian: a person who follows a mostly vegetarian diet but occasionally eats meat or fish.
taken from: Merriam-Webster dictionary
I’m a little bit of everything! Just depends on what my body is craving at the moment. Sometimes I’m a FRUITtarian LOL. (I just looked this word up and it’s actually a term!)
The fruits that you see in the featured image are actually found right here in our new home, Colombia.
The yellow spikey-looking fruit is called pitaya or pitahaya. It is great as a laxative. It reduces constipation and bloating.
The small red fruit with green fingerlike protuberances is Lychee. It has a creamy white center, which is great for a daily dose of Vitamin C.
My all time FAVORITE fruit is BRAZILIAN GUAVA!!
And YES it looks as good as it tastes!! This fruit is helpful for me during monthly cycles. It’s a natural pain reliever. During those days, I’ll slice open one for breakfast, and one before bed. It does wonders for cramps. And it also helps male and female reproductive systems.
I will be truthful, the idea of being a plant-based eater NEVER crossed my mind!
I remember being in Military Tech. School training with a close friend, and she was a pescatarian. We would go through the chow line, and she’d get fish and vegetables. Meanwhile I’m staring at her and her plate like “Girl you better put some real meat on there! You gone starve!” Lol!
Looking back, I didn’t even give her the opportunity to fully express WHY she’d made that decision. I judged with my eyes first and blocked her reasons.
Sometimes I read on Vegan groups and I see people arguing questioning the validity of someone’s claim to be a vegan. And I think to myself…this is not a religion, this is a lifestyle that you must willingly creep into.
No one is forcing me to eat a certain way or be punished. My body is my only judge. If I eat like crap, my body will look and feel like crap.
As I age so gracefully (had to throw that in there) I’m discovering ways to listen to my body instead of forcing my body to OBEY ME.
This is the true meaning of eat to LIVE vs. Living to EAT.
I give credit to the Bible I once studied like a vulture, tearing through the pages to try and decipher the teachings. As stated previously, I no longer practice religion. However, I do believe it was a foundation for me to learn some important life skills.
I ran across this passage that said….
Genesis 1:29 – And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
I read the list of meats that were “forbidden” to eat, and PORK was in that thang. I was like NOOO BACON IS MY LIFE!! I can’t let go of the pork skins, pork chops, pork belly sammiches..WHY LORD?!! Lol
But we did it anyway. And that was the start of our body restoring to its Creator-intended state.
I feel this way because I can’t imagine killing an animal with my own hands. It comes to my plate pre-massacred, but could I actually go out there with my own hands and consciously kill an animal? Probably not.
What’s odd is, I went hunting with my husband for the first time and guess how many deer we shot? ZERO!! I’m up in a tree freezing my butt off trying to get some good ole deer meat. And the Universe whispered in the wind into my ear..
And then I reflected.
We kill the fly when it’s being a nuisance in our space.
We give the ants grits when they come into our territory (if you’re from the South)…jealous that they’ve found a way to snatch crumbs..so we give them grits or a dose of bug spray.
I thought one day, what makes me a GOD over these creatures.
Who told me that I was precedent over them and that I could KILL whatever suits my appetite or beliefs?
This is what turned my stomach to beef.
I could no longer bite into the steak without thinking about the cow’s slaughter and what that must have felt like.
Now don’t get me wrong! I am a STRUGGLING non-flesh eater. I just had a cheeseburger a few weeks ago and some bowls of chilli. But guess what? My body pays for it every single time! I was in pain for at least two days straight. And I know it was because I went back to eating a substance my body was accustomed to rejecting. So since I didn’t listen to my body, my body gave me judgment!!
Now that I have surrendered to giving up beef, pork, dairy, and eggs..
My eating choices are dwindled down to chicken, fish, grains, fruits and vegetables.
What I have learned from this journey is that we are all FREE to make our own choices. This is the choice I enjoy making daily to help my body feel 100% functional. It has reduced mucus buildup significantly. It has also made me feel lighter and helps me to think clearer. It has also helped me have more energy to keep up with my two toddlers!
Care to share some tips on healthy eating habits? I would LOVE to get more advice on transitioning to a meat-free lifestyle.