Hey guys, what’s up? So I made a short post about this on my Tumblr, but I wanted to talk about it on here. About a couple weeks ago, I decided to make a change in my life. A change that would ultimately benefit my health and simply make me feel better everyday. I wanted to become a vegetarian again. When I was younger, I was a vegetarian for about three years.
What prompted me to make this transition?
I was researching veganism and all I heard was how much that sort of eating has helped peoples’ skin and made them feel amazing overall. I initially began researching hoping that some change in my diet would help my skin (I have suffered with severe acne and scarring for about five years now). Veganism definitely has a positive impact on your health, even though I can’t say this from experience, I think researching really helps you to understand it at a deeper level and get a better grasp on its benefits. I also have been told time and time again how cutting out dairy can help in your skin’s improvement.
So, after much research and learning, I found there were many different paths I could choose to help my skin and health.
Veganism seemed to be a huge jump and possibly if I were to jump into it with both feet, I could fail very easily. But I wanted something I could really stick to for a long period of time so that I could notice some difference. This reminded me of my time as a vegetarian and how much I honestly didn’t mind being one and how easily it came to me. I decided, “Hey, why not try this out again and see what comes from it?” For a week I ate 100% vegetarian and actually dropped a couple pounds. My only goal was not to lose weight, but that has seemed to be a product of it. It was after this week that I decided pescatarian was probably a better label for me, since I don’t mind fish once in a while. Another week passed and I again did not touch any meat from land animals (that sounds a little odd, but for those of you who are more technical…) I again had lost a little weight.
There are many benefits I have seen besides simply losing weight.
I think it is a bit too early in my journey to say that I have seen any major changes in my skin from switching to this diet. My skin has definitely been improving over the last month or so, and I’m not sure if it’s from not eating meat or simply because I’m finally growing out of it. Maybe a combination? I’ll keep you guys updated on that, but becoming a pescetarian has also forced me to make better decisions with my food. At my cafeteria at school, it is definitely challenging to make healthy decisions and not just reach for something unhealthy because it’s fast and easy. When I choose to not eat meat, I’m choosing to not eat the unhealthy carbs that come with it or extra dairy that I don’t need, such as cheese. I’ve realized that by cutting out that meat, I’m cutting out things that are not meant to be in my body, such as MSG or even gluten that is in processed foods. I’m leaning more towards the veggies now and eating way more rice and beans to replace the protein I would normally get from meat. Peanut butter has been another good way for me to get a lot of protein.
What are some tips or advice I could give from my experience this early on?
I can definitely say so far, it has been a great learning experience for me. I chose to make a change in my life and it’s really fun to see something actually working for me. Every person’s body is different, so it’s just about finding what works for you. I would definitely say try to eat small salads with a lot of your meals. But instead of reaching for lettuce, go for spinach; there’s much more nutritional value there than in chopped up iceberg lettuce. I love getting spinach with carrots, cucumbers, chickpeas, and some sort of vinaigrette on top. I don’t want to give too much advice right now though, since I’ve only made this change within the last couple weeks. These are just my thoughts so far, and I plan on keeping you all updated if some of you have thought about veganism, vegetarianism, or pescetarianism. Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments, email me, or leave me an ask on Tumblr. Also, if you are a pescatarian and have any advice or tips to give me on how to stay successful with this lifestyle, please please please let me know!
Thanks guys, hope this was helpful or gave you any good ideas! <3