What I eat, and why: part 2
I’ve tried going gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, and just eating whatever the heck I want too ( I like this the most!). There were some noticeable differences between these “diets”. I hate the word diet.
Gluten-free: This went pretty well. I ate a lot of fruits&veggies, gluten free cereal, chicken, turkey, and yogurt. My system handled it well but I found I was lacking MAJOR energy. Now, I don’t know if I just simply wasn’t eating enough calories a day for how many I was putting out or if my body just wants gluten, which seems a bit odd to me!
Vegetarian: Fake meat, eggs, egg whites, almond/soy milk, beans, nuts, seeds, yogurt, fruits&veggies. This went terrible! I ended up seeing a gastroenterologist to finally come to the conclusion that I can’t digest SOY! Yeah, this didn’t work well for me because of that at all! With out the soy it wasn’t bad, I used whey protein a lot.
Vegan: LOTS of fruits&veggies, nuts, seeds, beans, brown rice, oatmeal, cereal, almond milk. My body doesn’t do beans well either, I get terrible stomach pains! Vitamin deficiency much? Yes. I was majorly lacking protein and my workouts sucked. I had absolutely no energy no matter how much I ate. If you’re a vegan/vegetarian – that is great, I completely respect you. Just not my thing! If I could have eaten soy and handled beans better it might have been a different story.
Paleo: My body LOVES this. Steak, chicken, fish, turkey, grass fed beef, nuts, seeds, fruits, veggies. I’m okay with this, I really like meat so it works. However, I’m a fan of oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate, luna bars (every so often, they’ve got soy!), cereal, yams, and many many other things that don’t fall into this “diet” plan. To me, it is very restrictive and with my ED past, I am weary of letting myself be this restrictive with what I eat.
Whatevaah: This is the best for me. If I am hungry, I eat. Now don’t get me wrong, I won’t go to Mcdonalds and order a double cheeseburger, but if I want fro yo or some pasta, I am not going to have a freak attack saying “but, it’s not in the plan!”. I still eat mostly very healthy to keep my body thriving and my energy levels high so that I am able to get through my workouts and my day to day life with a smile!
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What “diets” have you tried for your body? What works the best for you?