Did you know there are many levels of vegetarianism? Depending on the diet, it can be very restrictive or pretty flexible. The US is such a wealthy nation many of us can choose what to eat and what not to eat. Omnivore, Carnivore, Vegetarian, Vegan, Lacto Vegetarian, Ovo Vegetarian, Lacto Ovo Vegetarian, Pollotarian, Flexitarian, Pescatarian
My maternal grandmother was a Buddhist and a Pescatarian who also ate eggs. Would that be an Ovo-Pescatarian? Her diet was mostly a variety of veggies, fruits and fish but she enjoyed steamed eggs on occasion. She was very healthy and strong. Growing up poor, we ate a more of a peasant diet which many people feel is better for you. If you eat a lot of rich foods you can trigger gout and other problems. As you get wealthier though, you have those “special” meals more often. I am guilty of that too.
I am overweight – obese by medical standards – although I carry my weight mostly in my gut area. It is unhealthy but my arms and legs are muscular and I can walk 4 miles without losing my breath. I can’t blame my two pregnancies for my shape because breastfeeding actually helped me to lose weight. Menopause has not done me any favors either. With my painful joints I can’t join Zumba classes anymore. Oh my gosh that was a fun way to exercise. So I walk and do some yoga occasionally.
While I am not interested in having a perfect figure or win a marathon I felt like I needed to make a change to become healthier. I have been feeling bloated and sluggish so I made a change in my diet. For the past few weeks I have stopped eating chicken, pork and beef. Every meal I have had has been seafood, egg or vegetarian. While in the past I have immensely enjoyed a juicy steak or fried chicken I have surprisingly not missed the meat during this “detox”.
Korean food is very veggie centric so it has been very easy to convert my favorite recipes to be meat free. I love animals but I’m not doing it for ethics – I just wanted to make a change and see how I felt. So far, my belly is not as tight and bloated, I have not had a heat flash in two weeks, my skin has cleared up, I am sleeping better and I’m not having as much sweet cravings. This could all be coincidence but I like what is happening so far.
I don’t know how long I will follow this eating plan but right now it seems to be beneficial for me. I don’t think diet alone nor exercise alone is the answer but as my body changes I’m trying to listen to its needs a little more acutely. If I lose a little weight as a result, I won’t cry about it. LOL
This recipe is great if you want to try something new! https://www.koreanbapsang.com/haemul-sundubu-jjigae-seafood-soft-tofu/