I decided to go raw vegan for a few days and something interesting happened.
My friends on Facebook started dividing into teams.
I’ll call them Team Veggie and Team Protein.
First a little background.
I pride myself on the diversity of my friends on Facebook and in life. Come to my house for a gathering and you will swear that Michael Jackson has risen from the dead and is taping a new rendition of We Are the World. This diversity extends itself to diet and exercise. My folks typically fall into two groups: Those who think I am a health zealot freak and those who are as passionate as I am. The second group is where you find my two teams.
When I posted that I was furthering my relationship with produce people started picking sides. My veggie friends were virtually high five-ing me, sending me recipes and reposts that poke fun of my ‘meathead’ friends. This I found very funny.
My protein people were more subtle: holding a quiet vigil…mourning my muscles. While not as vocal I could hear their chant “Where are you getting your protein.”
I respect all of these people tremendously. Committing to a way of eating takes bucket loads of discipline. Vegetarian or Paleo, you get huge props from me for just making a DECISION about what you eat.
I never intended to go raw vegan forever. Waaaay too much chewing. This was a spiritual and health quest. Spiritual in that I needed to come clean with my body. I needed to eliminate the crud and take a close look at the signals it was sending me. In those three days I lived off of green smoothies, nuts, kombucha, guacamole and tomato and cucumber salad. With no portion control. I liked that part.
From that experience I made some more permenant changes. I decided to continue to limit dairy and meat to almost never. Why? Because my body doesn’t respond to it well at all. I get achy and bloated. Why not say Never? Because cheese makes me happy. It might be once a year but I WILL make my famous macaroni and cheese and I WILL dive in. Now as far as meat is concerned, if it were not for my blood disorder, I would give it up completely. My cells crave it so I have settled on a monthly serving of local, grass-fed beef liver for now.
I have some other considerations. I am gluten sensitive and most grains are a no go. Sugar causes inflammation in my joints and must be limited as well. I have also decided that I will only eat meat that has been processed humanely. Recently I read, The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter recently and it resonated with me. The way animals are treated in most slaughter houses and processing plants is simply un-Godly in my opinion. I’ve decided that simply saying grace before I eat is not enough. I mean, beyond showing gratitude should we really be asking God to save us from our own choices?
Here is a video about the book:
Sooooo….. where do I get my protein? I eat a variety of vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and fish. Sorry team veggie but I am finding that this balance gives me the best variety of amino acids. I think fish (tuna and salmon specifically) is the absolute best bang for my buck (check out this chart so see how I made my decision). It is nutritionally dense and is considered a complete source of protein in just over one serving. With vegetables, it can take many, many servings to get a the RDA of a specific amino acid. While red meat is similar in its protein profile, I’ll pass on the connection to certain diseases (when eaten frequently).
Before you get out your clubs I know many extremely healthy people who represent both teams. This is just what works for me.
So why a conscientious carnivore? Two reasons:
1) I really like the word conscientious and how it works next to carnivore
2)I l like the idea of getting back to basics in an evolved kinda way.
This is the way I plan to eat.
Until I change my mind.
- A Couple Things I Learned About Proteins (foodiercise.wordpress.com)
- Raw veganism (austinwonderland.wordpress.com)
- Meat, Pescetarian, Vegetarian, or Vegan… Which Is Right for You? (charhitchcock.wordpress.com)
- A Vegetarian Moment: Just Thought I Would Share The Protein (lavenderandbrokenbones.wordpress.com)