People often think that I am a Vegan when they hear that I eat all Organics. Vegan is often associated with healthy eating and living. Vegan eating can be very healthy if it’s consumption of all Organics and basically raw foods, no packages or genetically modified organisms.
Eating all Organics, is a must in order to have a healthy diet and lifestyle this day and age, ever since they started messing with the food in the 80’s. Now the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), Dairy and gluten are starting to cause serious health and weight problems. Organics are necessary to stay fit and healthy. They do not require over exercise to compensate for weight loss. Light exercise is all that’s needed on an all Organic, GMO Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Low Sugar diet.
The reason why Vegan diets are not always healthy is, they started marketing more products to the Vegans and Vegetarians. What that means is, they found creative ways to sell products to Vegans and Vegetarians. Once something is marketable, then companies start selling more products. Some of these companies have healthy products. Other ones do not, and a lot of the products contain artificial ingredients, gluten and GMOs.
I was a Vegan and then a Vegetarian from 1995-2005. During those times, it was still a little more difficult to get vegan options. I had to eat a lot of lentils sprouts and falafel. Now there are so many Vegan and Vegetarian options. A lot of these options are not healthy even though they are Vegan. These are two words are not equal. Vegan or vegetarian is not automatically healthy.
Some of these options are healthy, but most are not. Unless one is eating all Organics and basic items, like items not processed or packaged or genetically modified. One should do all their shopping in the produce aisle at the grocery store. If people are choosing packaged Vegan and Vegetarian options, then these are not healthy.
Recently, I heard that they have Vegan options at the fast food restaurants. This already sounds like an oxymoron to me. Healthy fast food. It does not exist. If there are Vegan and Vegetarian options at fast food, then you can realize that you have to be careful to not confuse all vegan options with healthy options. Once something had made it to fast food, you can already rule that out as a nutritious food. That is the epitome of commercialism Vegan Fast Food. There is nothing healthy about Fast Food. That is all processed, artificial non organic food.
Make sure when you are choosing vegan or vegetarian that it is Organic, GMO Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Low Sugar. Another culprit for unhealthy options for Vegan and Vegetarian is if the sugar content is too high or has any artificial sugars or sweeteners.
If you want to be healthy and be a Vegan or Vegetarian, then you must eat basic organic foods like beans, nuts, vegetables and some fruit. Make sure that the options you are choosing are not full of sugar. I know when I was a Vegan, I tended to go for all sugary options like fruit and smoothies. Which led me to gain a lot of weight as a Vegan.
Although, there can be some benefits of fruit, these should be consumed in small amounts due to the high sugar content. It’s always a better option to choose veggies over fruit. That way you are getting the healthy benefits with lower sugar.
A high sugar diet has a list of health problems that follow. Sugar is the leading cause for harmful things to grow in our body. All living things feed on sugar. So the higher the sugar content, the better the environment you make it for “things” to grow. What these “things” I speak of can be is Cancer, Candida (yeast), bacteria, fungus, diseases and disorders.
Scientists are daily doing studies on the effects of sugar on your body. Now people argue that’s just refined, added sugar they are talking about. No...it is all sugar. Ideally humans should consume less than 35 grams or 2.5 tablespoons of sugar per day. An organic apple has about 12 grams of sugar. Easily the amount of sugar needed per day can be consumed quickly.
If you are struggling with your diet, it’s a simple switch to Organics. Also watch for GMOs, make sure to eat all Organics, definitely cut out dairy and gluten and keep your sugar at around 35 grams per day. If you do all those things, you will find that the weight sheds off, you feel amazing and you never have to go to the gym. I just do light workouts at home.
I am not a Vegan or Vegetarian anymore. There were a couple reasons why I stopped being a Vegan. The main reason was I was getting diabetic symptoms from the high sugar and I was gaining a lot of weight. I had started being a Vegan when I was 10 years old. I thought it was a fantastic option since I love animals and wanted to lose weight. 10 years into it and I was heavier than I had ever been. I decided I had to make a change.
So then I switched to a higher beef protein diet. That was what did it for me. I was unable to find options that would replace beef. The artificial meat has too many artificial things in it. I only eat food that is from the earth organically. I do not eat any genetically modified, artificial or gluten foods. So beef is all that works for me. I choose grass fed organic beef for my protein.
I love animals, so we shop at Whole Foods and get the grass fed, cruelty free, able to graze and farm raised cow meat. Of course I would prefer to not eat animals, but that’s not the way the Universe intended for us to live. People seem to not think about that plants are alive as well. They can feel when we eat them, most of the time they are still alive while we are eating them.
The Universe is a beautiful place. It is full of amazing creatures. We as humans are responsible to treat the other beings with respect. Are we as a society doing that? No, we are not. We have animals, plants and humans treated horribly every day. This is extremely sad to me. It breaks my heart. I hate seeing suffering. I wish I could make it all better. Unfortunately, I cannot change the laws. There are groups out there working to make changes like PETA. I commend them for that. Thanks PETA.
I would love if we went back to the old days before animal cruelty. The time before we had guns, and it was a fair battle between the animals and the humans. I would dig it being that way. Then it would be fight or flight for the humans and the animals. We would be having to watch for the lions, tigers and bears. That would be ideal. I know it is not that way. So I make the best out of my options. Being a Vegan caused a lot of health problems and made me gain weight, so cruelty free organic, grass fed beef from Whole Foods is the best option if you love animals but do not want to be a full Vegan or vegetarian.
It’s also super important to watch out and avoid Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). A lot of Vegan or Vegetarian options are made from GMOs or gluten. Both of those cause tons of health problems and are the leading causes for obesity. GMOs are causing a laundry list of problems. Everyday, Scientists are discovering new problems arising from GMOs and Gluten. We started using them regularly in the 80s. Now almost 40 years later, we have more health problems and obesity than ever before. Make sure if you are choosing Vegan or Vegetarian Foods, that you avoid GMOs and Gluten.
Whether you are Vegan, Vegetarian, meat eater or somewhere in between just make sure to eat all Organics and avoid GMOs, Gluten, Dairy, and keep your sugar low to feel great and lose weight.
Jedi Joy Lightowler is an expert in eating and nutrition & a combat special-ops Air Force Veteran.
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