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What am I? A Food Identity Crisis Explained

Melissa Villamizar August 10, 2012 Lifestyle, Nutrition 5 Comments
What am I? A Food Identity Crisis Explained

So I totally have to echo Holly’s post. I really love her writing for Live Whole Be Free, we feed off of each other so well! No pun intended!

People always ask me “what I am.” Am I Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Raw, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free? The answer is yes, no, all of those, none of those and a combination. What I “am” doesn’t have a name. I eat clean, that is for certain, which means no (or limited) processed foods. I eat organic so that I can be sure my fuel (food) isn’t laced with chemicals, pesticides and other things that would modify it from its original state. But as far as everything else goes, I eat a rotation diet.

I eat fresh, organic vegetables and fruits, lots of lentils, beans, brown rice, nuts and seeds in order to meet my daily protein, fiber and carbohydrate requirements. Those are everyday staples for me. I eat organic, free-range/cage-free, hormone-free eggs a couple of times a week, not more. I eat wild-caught fish and on extremely rare occasion chicken as long as it’s organic and hormone/antibiotic-free. I try to stay away from corn and soy, but I don’t let it rule my life. I love sushi, so occasionally—I have sushi (enter soy sauce). I then make sure that a week or two goes by before I indulge in any type of soy again.

I try to stay away from gluten as much as possible, but again, I don’t let it rule my life. If I start to feel I’ve been indulging too frequently, I take a month and go entirely gluten-free. It’s like hitting “restart” on your computer.

How did this all start? Well, it didn’t all start at once and it was never planned. It just sort of happened. About a year and a half ago, I gave up red meat. At the time, I had no reason. I just didn’t have a taste for it anymore and I strongly felt that my body was trying to tell me something. It was after that when I started to do my  homework, reading books and watching documentaries. I’m proud of my body for being so smart. Do I think that eating meat is okay? Sure. It’s just not for me at this point in my life. However, I believe it needs to be grass-fed, hormone/antibiotic-free and the animal should be treated humanely.

About six or so months ago, I gave up dairy. I blame the documentaries. But, my stomach has been thanking me ever since. Now it’s very minimal dairy for me. I find that if I eliminate something from my diet entirely for too long, the next time I have it, I get sick. This is what the rotation diet is all about. It keeps things in your system to some extent so that your body doesn’t treat it like a foreign substance the next time you have it. So on rare occasion, I will have a very, very small amount of dairy… for instance, a tiny bit of cheese cooked into some eggs. I was actually quite shocked—growing up on milk I assumed eliminating dairy would be nearly impossible. On the flip side, it was one of the easiest things to eliminate. Again, my body’s pretty smart, it was definitely telling me something!

As far as corn goes—it’s genetically modified, near impossible to digest—I just try to stay away. I increase the amount of raw foods and carbohydrates I consume at least a few weeks prior to a big race/athletic event. Eating raw gives you TONS of energy, but is difficult to maintain.

So there it is, in a nutshell, of how I eat. At least that’s what it looks like today. Six months from now could be completely different. That is part of the joy of constantly learning and evolving as a person! How do you eat? I encourage you to experiment in order to find what works best for your body. Just be sure that whatever you do, you feed your body the nutrients it needs to function optimally!

Peace, love and whole eating,

Melissa

 

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