I cannot freeegan wait to tell you all about this awesomely non restrictive plant-based lifestyle.
I feel like many times when people diet or choose to go vegan, or vegetarian it can feel a whole lot harder than it actually has to be. Many times people decide to quit cold turkey and their body lashes out at them for changing their diet so rapidly.
Every body is different. Blood type varies, genetics, immune systems and digestive systems vary from person to person. A vegetarian diet might be twice as hard for someone who has certain allergies and dietary restrictions or someone with an O blood type- making them more prone to crave meat.
Learning and understanding all of the elements about your body and the environment before choosing a restrictive diet is so important, but this is what is so amazing about freeganism, or the term I like to use: choositarianism.
The reason I like to say choositarian is because it emphasizes the choice in the matter. It is an eco-conscious choice that I make every day not to eat just any animals or their by-products because of the abusive system that is established today. Cows are injected with hormones and fed the most unnatural of corn and grain products that they were never designed to eat. They are un-nurtured and uncared for, abused for their milk and their babies then slaughtered at half their life span. The same goes for chickens and fish, if you do not know where your ‘wild’ food is being caught or coming from- it is coming from a farm. Factory farm raised animals are not getting any of the proper nutrients that they need, which in turn are not giving the people who eat them anything. It’s as if you were to get thirsty and attempt to drink a glass of water but instead you get air.
Did you know that over 50% of the entire world’s grain production is fed to animals? Imagine what a world we would live in if we changed the system to align with the needs of people? In America 1 out of every 6 Americans goes hungry. That’s unfair, considering how much time money and energy go into feeding animals first. According to a Cornell study 800 million people could be fed with the grain used for livestock. Cows shouldn’t be eating grains ANYWAYS.. Grains clog up their digestive system, they were designed to eat grass. Designed to eat the grass and then dump on the grass. There is a lot of talk about how much methane is produced from cow farts- grains make them gassier than greens…that goes for humans too (;
But when it comes to soil, cows and other livestock are meant to be on it. Animals are part of the soil regeneration process-so if every single person on this planet went plant-based tomorrow the soil which grows the vegetables wouldn’t really survive and thrive to grow our crops. That is not to say that everything is balanced and you can eat all of the cheeseburgers you want. On a global scare we cannot just keep eating animal products the way most of us do, completely and blissfully unaware.
Understanding the ecological impact that livestock farming is wreaking on the environment goes as follows: over consumption of animals leads to over grazing leads to soil erosion which changes the future of the world food supply. Eating LESS animals leads to less of a problem within the chain of supply and demand. Demanding less shrinks the grip that powerful meat industries have on our consumption and idea of what a dinner plate should look like.
We abuse way more land than we need to. Switching to a mostly plant-based diet saves water, and if you didn’t know water specifically fresh water, is a very valuable and soon to be scarce resource. And yes, I said scarce.
When purchasing food labels are very important to me. Labels like fair trade, organic, cruelty-free, free range, naturally grown, non-GMO can be quite confusing and overwhelming for someone who does not really understand what all of them mean. Stay tuned, my next post will dive in a lot deeper on some of these labels. But to make sense of why I bring this up now- these labels are important because it gives the product you are buying real value. The more detailed the product you buy is, the more likely it is to be safe and clean to eat. So much is hidden in the fine print of the label today, and I find that when I am buying products I look for the most transparent ones. If you are going eat more chicken, beef, and fish look at the labels and ask questions. Try to learn where it’s coming from and feed your body wisely.
Choosing, as a choositarian, to buy products that are sustainably sourced is making more of an impact than you realize.
Plant-based living is amazing and choositarianism is freeing because you have the option to change your mind. It allows for mistakes, because at the end of the day we are all human and all make mistakes! Life does not have to be so restrictive.
For me, choositarianism is mindfulness. It is understanding the impact of the products you buy and what your body consumes.
Personally, because of my blood type and my dietary needs every once and a while I will eat sustainable, locally sourced fish or meat. I found that, as a woman, certain times of the month would push me to crave certain foods that my body really needed. Learning and listening to what foods work for ME and my body has made all the difference in my physical and mental health.
If this is something that you are thinking about trying in your life start small. Go plant based for one day, or one meal when you go out to eat. Get out of your comfort zone and play with your food! Learning how to change your idea of a dinner plate can be super fun and expressive when you work with vegetables and try greens you have never tried before. Learn and understand your body and how what you eat affects your energy levels, moods, and overall level of satisfaction.
The options are limitless with the influx of more and more vegetarian alternatives to meat products, so even if you cannot give up the meat on your plate try branching out and trying seitan, or tofu in a dish. Try a vegan cheese, or make your own! Explore the vegetarian aisle in the grocery store and look at all of the different ways to get your protein in.
If you have questions or comments about choositarianism or the impact animal agriculture is having on our planet, leave one below! I would appreciate your feedback so, so much. It would mean so much to me to have you reach out!
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