So how do we really eat every day? It’s pretty easy and we can live with it.
My sister, Patricia us Flexitarians. By definition, a Flexitarian is “a person whose diet is mostly vegetarian but sometimes includes meat, fish, or poultry.
Allan and I follow a plant-based diet, vegetarian, not vegan, about 3 days/week. Some days end up negan. We followed a strict vegan diet for 2 weeks about 5 years ago. We felt great! Slept well. But vegan is not for us long term. What we learned was we both feel so much better when we avoided dairy and grains and ate a plant-based diet.
- We eat organic fruit and veggies. We try to avoid high-glycemic fruits and veggies.
- We eat a lot of fish. Chicken occasionally. Every couple of weeks Allan needs a steak. He usually immediately regrets it but doesn’t stop him.
- We also try to cut out all sugars except naturally occurring sugars.
- We limit grains. And for the most part are gluten-free. I was tested for celiac because of my heritage but it came back negative. Low Carb. We just feel better.
- We limit dairy. I am not lactose intolerant but feel so much better not drinking milk. We will still eat cheese and yogurt occasionally. But very little dairy based milk. We use coconut or almond. It’s just one way to limit the dairy.
- We use MCT in coffee every morning.
- And TRY to drink 64 oz of water a day. Not so easy. Not drinking enough water was a contributing factor to Allan’s small bowel blockage.
- We both do intermittent fasting (our way) which works really well for both of us. Nothing too crazy. The intermittent fasting is the key for us. I was close to 150 pounds and I’m now around 137 or 138. I am able to maintain that number and not feel deprived. There is a lot of research that fasting (real fasting under doctor’s care) can cure most illnesses. I fast from the time I go to bed (which varies) until about noon or 1pm the next day. That way most of the time is during sleep. It’s always been the norm for me not to eat breakfast. We do have coffee. I have a ton of info on Intermittent Fasting that I would be happy to share.
- Always talk to your physician first. If you have diabetes, talk to Patricia. She does IF and her diabetes is controlled. If you’re taking Warfarin talk to your physician. “One nutrient that can lessen warfarin’s effectiveness is vitamin K. It’s important to be consistent in how much vitamin K you get daily.” Source: Mayo Clinic