Not Just Tofu

Which Diet Are You On?

In Editorial on December 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Vegetarian                 VeganPaleo       Gluten-Free       Pesceterian       Flexitarian       Raw

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Are you confused by these special diets?

I was until I decided to look into them myself.  Some are very new to the public.  Let me see if I can break them down in simple terms.

 

  • Vegetarian: You don’t eat flesh. No chicken, no steak, no seafood.  Your diet consists of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and beans.  You are allowed to eat dairy including eggs and honey.
  • Vegan: You don’t eat flesh, dairy, eggs and most often omit caffeine. Your diet consists of fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and nuts. Extreme vegans omit honey because it comes from bees. The goal is to eat the healthiest form of a plant based diet.
  • Paleo: You don’t eat grain, beans or dairy. Your diet consists of meat, seafood, vegetables, fruits and nuts.  You don’t eat potatoes, rice or corn because of their high starch content.  Many of your dry goods are homemade or made from alternative flours that come from nuts and coconut.
  • Gluten-Free: You don’t eat anything containing the gluten protein.  So no wheat, barley or rye or allowed.  Your baked goods are made from grains like spelt, almond flour and garbanzo  flour.  Similar to Paleo but you are allowed to eat plant based starches like beans and potatoes and rice.
  • Pescetarian: You don’t eat chicken, steak, lamb or any other land creatures.  You diet consist of seafood, fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and nuts.
  • Flexitarian: You eat everything but the majority of your diet is plant based most of the time.  Your diet also consists but limits dairy.
  • Raw:  Similar to the vegan diet except that it is raw.  All fruits and vegetables, sprouted grains and legumes and nuts are eaten in their natural state, dehydrated, blended or juice as a way of protecting their true nutritional value.

During the holidays, we don’t focus on what we are eating but as soon as January 1st comes we make great strides to start the year off on a healthy note.  For most of America, diet is one of their resolutions and they look to one of these diets to be their blueprint.  I want those of you reading and thinking about it to remember that these are not just not diets but lifestyles.  Choosing to eat this way will affect your family and your social life.  You may have to create 2 different dinners because your kids are not into a soy burgers and lentils.  Don’t be discouraged.  If you are going to change the way you eat remember these 3 steps:

1. Ease into it – any change made abruptly usually won’t last. Try it 1 day a week, then 2 then 3 before you know it all 7 days will be easy.

2. Stick to familiar flavors – if you like spicy food, don’t try a bland bowl of beans.  If you don’t make it seem that you are missing the things you like than you won’t mind eating it.

3. Have go-to foods – a lot of the time these diets need to be planned ahead.  There are certain frozen foods that can be a go to or certain restaurants that are special diet friendly.  Do the research; it will help you to fight the hunger pains.

I face these challenges too as I am trying to become a healthier eater.  I hope this helps you as you try to balance your diet with your life.

 

 

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