I’m continuing my quest to find a diet that works best for me. A lifestyle change that is sustainable, provides optimal health and does not compromise my workouts and running. That’s not too much to ask is it?
Remember the juicing I started mid-February, My Personal Juicing Challenge? After the first week of replacing 1 meal a day (on days that I’m wasn’t running) with juice I changed it to 7 days per week. I’m loving it! So much so that this week I’m taking it a step further. For the next 9 days (10 days total) I’m trying a vegetarian diet. More specifically, as it turns out, a Lacto Vegetarian. My menu for this week is fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, protein powder, Shakeology, greek yogurt and cottage cheese.
I knew the range of vegetarian diets varied. With a little googling I now have them clearly defined:
Eats mostly plant-based foods; occasionally eats animal products as well as fish, poultry and meat.
Eats poultry such as chicken, turkey and duck.
Eats fish and seafood, but no meat.
Eats dairy products and eggs.
Eats dairy products.
Eats a diet of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts; no meat, poultry or fish.
Follows a strict vegetarian diet that excludes animal-derived products like butter.
Eats no plant-based foods heated above 115 to 118 degrees.
As I write this post I’m realizing that vegetarian is the natural progression of my diet. In June of last year I started with changing to clean eating with a 30-Day Clean Eating Challenge and have been a clean eater ever since.
“Consuming food in its most natural state- or as close as possible to it—is the soul of clean eating. It’s not a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to health, well-being and a lean look.” -Clean Eating Magazine
Then, with eating less poultry, fist and meat beginning mid-February when I started juicing to now with no meat, poultry or fish. Maybe this is the nutritional lifestyle change I’ve been looking for?
Did you realize there was such a wide range of vegetarian diets? If you were going to try a vegetarian diet which one would work best for you?