Am I a vegan? Yes, I am for one or two meals a day. I have a green juice for breakfast and I usually have some type of plant based meal for lunch.
Am I Paleo? Kind of. I do adhere to their “no grains” idea quite a bit, but I like quinoa and buckwheat sometimes. I really don’t eat a lot of meat. If I do, I’m embarrassingly obnoxious. I have to know how it lived and died. I buy my eggs from a place that has a “chicken cam” so I can see the chickens frolicking on the farm. Have you seen the clip from Portlandia where Fred Armisen’s character wants a full report on the chicken he is about to order from the restaurant? He ends up leaving to go visit the farm where the chicken was raised before he orders. I will post it at the end of this blog.
Am I a vegetarian? Yep, this is how I am for the majority of my meals.
Am I gluten free? I am a lot of the time but not 100%. I try to avoid glutens. Glutens are nasty, gluey (hence the name) little proteins found in wheat, rye and barley. They can wreak havoc on your intestines, make it hard to absorb nutrients and may contribute to lots of health problems. Why are so many people today suffering from Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity? The wheat we eat today is very different from years ago due to hybridization. Plus, gluten is in MOST processed foods. 90% of the food Americans buy is processed.
As you have gathered by now, I am not into labeling myself as one thing or another. I am doing my own thing. That “thing” is trying to have a normal relationship with real, homemade foods that are heavily plant based. I get into trouble when I say that I only eat this or that and I can’t treat myself to things that make me happy.
This past year and a half is the first time that I can remember not being on a diet. My mother was always on a diet, subsisting on Tab (olden day Diet Coke), cigarettes and meat ; she was on the Atkins diet (olden day no carbs diet). She was skinny, I’ll give her that. I was not skinny, therefore, I was on the Atkins diet at age 7. I remember eating bologna for breakfast, a quarter pounder for lunch – no bun, no fries and probably steak for dinner with vegetables and lots and lots of diet soda. I shudder to think about this.
My mother was never mean about it, but that was her example and that’s how we ate. Sometimes I got really thin, sometimes I got really chunky. I always thought that I was fat and I always tried to starve or punish myself in some form or another. I did low fat, no fat, fad diets, you name it. I always viewed food as something to be feared. I couldn’t understand how someone so conscientious about food could always be battling ten pounds.
When I found out about GMOs a few years ago and began delving deeper, I realized all the packaged “diet” foods were keeping those pounds on me and would eventually make me sick. As I’ve said before, if food has to have a claim on the package, you don’t want it. Broccoli does not come with a fancy package that tells you why you should eat it.
Speaking of claims, don’t think because the FDA approved it that it’s safe. Think gluteny wheat, Aspartame, GMOs, toxic cosmetics, medicines that get recalled etc. I want you to understand that the FDA does not conduct independent research. It simply looks at the research that the company that is seeking approval has given to them. Of course these companies would never give them doctored studies.
And last but not least, does my hair look like SH*t? Apparently so, according to my hair stylist who never lies to me. I was regaling her with tales of my non-toxic beauty products, including my new shampoo, conditioner and hair gel. To which she replied, “Yeah and your hair looks like shit.”
No, she was not trying to sell me products. I never bought her salon’s products and she and I go way back. We are in a monogamous relationship (well I cheated on her once, but that’s another story). I am sticking with The Honest Company’s shampoo because I am sold on their ingredients. For the time being I went running back to my old Aussie Moist conditioner because I was at a loss and I’m a little vain about my hair (I’m a Leo, it’s my mane). Does anyone have a good suggestion for a non-toxic conditioner that won’t make my hair look terrible?
And so it has taken me many paragraphs to come to the point. It’s all about a healthy balance. I have to balance my health, my happiness and I’m embarrassed to admit, my appearance. So for now, I am a vegan, paleo, vegetarian, gluten free person whose hair is back to normal and slightly toxic.
Portlandia “chicken” clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErRHJlE4PGI