What’s Your Style? Macrobiotic, Vegan, Plant-Based, SAD?
I was reading a nice post from Goodness Gracious about the differences between Macrobiotic, Plant-Based and Vegan diets.
Keep in mind, unless you were raised a Vegan or Vegetarian, the overwhelmingly majority of us have been raised on SAD, the Standard American Diet. I know I was, and didn’t experiment with Vegetarianism until my senior year in high school, when I was also questioning the religion I was brought up with.
Memories Of A SAD Diet
The thing is, I’ve dabbled with all diets mentioned in this posts title. And under the SAD diet, I was devouring plates of white rice with KFC chicken, coleslaw, mashed potatoes and gravy almost every weekend. I loved to eat all the foods any typical American would eat at one time.
But, in high school I experimented with Vegetarianism, and didn’t have the support or the knowledge back then to follow through with it to make it a lasting change at the time.
But I always held Vegetarianism at a higher level of dietary evolution. Or revolution, if you will, because when you make radical changes to your diet to improve your well-being, then that is ‘revolution’.
And as I’ve sad before, I’ve been a Vegan and Raw Vegan for the better part of 15 years now, with some consistency.
I’ve Made Mistakes, Who Hasn’t?
Yes, I’ve fallen off a couple of times, either by accident, not reading the labels, and being convinced to try a little fish or something Non-Vegan… but for the most part, I have been 99 percent Vegan for 15 years, and feeling pretty good.
What I’ve been trying to do these days is combine Macrobiotics with Veganism, because I think it’s very easy to do. You basically just have to forego the fish and seafood. But the principles of eating brown rice and other non-gluten whole grains, with vegetables, beans, locally grown produce and seasonal foods is highly possible with a Vegan Diet.
With the use of the Cron-o-meter App, it’s easy to see one’s nutritional intake and monitor calories being consumed. Yes, I’ve said it before that this is a rather tedious routine to add. We’re all busy people, but if you’re Life depends on your food and fluid intake, it’s important to at least monitor your food intake for a couple of days to see where you stand. It truly is worth the effort.
Anyway, the important thing is, what are you doing in the here and now?
Be true to your dietary philosophy, because it is very important to your health and well-being.
We really ARE what we eat.