Why I switched to a whole food, avoid dairy and meat diet…

I’ve had a few friends ask me about my “avoiding meat and dairy, eating mostly whole foods” meals I’ve switched to. I hesitate to call it a diet because of the negative connotations of that word. The basics of it are simple: Eat food that’s mostly from stuff that comes out of the ground or grows in it, but don’t worry about having dairy and meat occasionally. Eat fish whenever I feel like it. In general I know myself – aside from it being extremely difficult to avoid meat at parties, etc, I love a pizza with pepperoni and bacon occasionally and I hardly believe the rare non-fish meat will be bad for me.

Example from today:
Lunch: 100% whole wheat pasta with a garlic pesto, a bit of olive oil, steamed broccoli and sugar peas, some parmesean cheese. Then for a “snack” I made a smoothie with peaches, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries and bananas + 1 scoop of Vega(http://myvega.com/products/whole-food-health-optimizer/features-benefits) vanilla chai protein mix.

Another of my favorites is my lunch where I take 100% whole wheat bread, toast it, then put a sundried tomato pesto on instead of mayo, add some baby spinach, two thick slices of tomato with sea salt and pepper. Delicious, whole foods, and healthy.

And in terms of dairy, the easiest thing to cut out is milk. Instead, I drink almond milk. Even the sweetened vanilla version I drink has 90 calories for an 8 ounce glass of milk compared to 120 calories for a 2% organic milk, only 2.5g of fat, and the myriad of minerals from the almonds.

The thing I really noticed by eating mostly veggies is that I can eat a ton more than I could when I ate more meat and dairy. I don’t have to watch what I eat, for the most part, because it’s not calorie dense. The hardest part to adjust to was the flavor differences, but again I don’t deny myself cravings – I just extremely limit them. Most important of all, I feel better and have more energy. That’s priceless.

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