Sometimes I get a lot of gruff from my family (ok, mainly mother) about not eating meat. The minute I say I am tired or have been for a few days, her first comment is, “I really think you’re always so tired because you don’t eat meat”.
Also, I always think of this scene from My Big Fat Greek Wedding every time someone asks me about why I don’t eat meat…..
But back to the first part….anyone else notice a few things about that statement?
1. Apparently a few days turned into ALWAYS.
2. She doesn’t even think that maybe I am not sleeping well but instead not giving myself enough food.
3. Instead of asking me why I’m tired she just assumed I am not taking care of myself…slipping back down that spiral into the EVIL EATING DISORDER STAIRCASE DOWNWARD (to be read and heard in your head in a loud booming voice – kthanks).
Truly – I have learned to ignore it – and I while I realize my mother, and my family, some times feels as though I could resort to the old lifestyle I had the only real thing I can tell them to assure them I won’t is that ‘I am just too damn old to be resorting to something like that’.
Speaking of old…I really felt my body this morning…creek…creek…crack….woot!
BACK FROM MY SECOND TANGENT….
I did a bunch of my own reading yesterday and there’s actually a book I have been meaning to read by Ultra Marathoner, Scott Jurek about how a VEGAN diet helped him run his miles. That’s next on my list (now if only I could stick with one book…and/or stop watching TWW! ha).
While there are definitely some ‘haters’ out there…for the most part, everything I’ve read said it’s actually better for people to be on a basically vegetarian/vegan diet:
Matt Frazier explains, “I became a much stronger runner almost immediately after switching to a vegetarian diet.” He talks about other Vegetarian Athletes on The No Meat Athlete
ADAPTT lists the amount of professional athletes (including body builders) who are Vegan/Vegetarians.
To balance it a bit – This Guy does not like the idea of a VEGAN/VEGETARIAN athlete…but that’s okay.
And this Q & A from the NYTimes has three different opinions about the Vegan/Veggie diet with athletes.
What I’d eventually like to do is write a review of Scott Jurek’s book and tell you all about it….I’ll get to it.
For now…I feel like I have made the right decision with being a ovo-lacto vegetarian (and on occasion I will eat fish but usually only if I go out).
I think people should stick to what works for them and how they feel after they eat….rather than judge one another based on what they “think” they should be eating.
***I will however add this – the fact that I am a recovering anorexic, there are still signs and symptoms with people who are either not eating enough or simply making excuses as to why they “can’t eat” such and such a food. If you, as a friend (and you must be a friend because outsiders will likely feel the wrath of 10,000 suns if you say anything to someone with an ED) feel like something could be up….say something. I can also write a blog post about that soon. Let’s just put it this way…if it weren’t for my exboyfriend and college roommate/best friend…who knows what would’ve happened to me.***
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So tell me, what kind of “diet” do you stick to?
I prefer the 90/10 diet. I eat healthy 90% of the time and 10% of the time I let loose….. ;-)
Also – do you think athlete’s can be vegetarian/vegan?? Thoughts!, please!