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The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

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April 3, 2018

Vegetarian Zen?

I wouldn't call myself a vegetarian, because I like to eat prawns at Christmastime at family get togethers, which I still plan to do every Christmas.
But for the rest of the year I like to stick to a dairy free (barring friends birthday cakes) vegetarian diet, which includes eggs.
I went on a vegan diet for a year when I was younger and wrecked my health by overloading my diet with soy products, which prevented my stomach absorbing vitamins and minerals my body needed, especially my skin, which turned dry and unbearably itchy, and especially on my face.
So going back on a vegetarian diet with no dairy made me anxious to do my homework to be healthy without hardly any soy in that diet, as well.
So I searched for podcasts on vegan/vegetarian eating and my ears ran into some very militant vegans that left a bitter taste in my mouth and I began to see why vegans had a bad name with non-vegans.
No thanks, not for me.
All I wanted was some good diet tips without some holier than thou pod-casters preaching from their vegan pulpits to the meat-eating, animal wearing sinners, like these two in the You Tube below turning on an ex-vegan blogger/podcaster, who decided to go back to eating meat, because of her unhealthy vegan diet...
and yes I get the point that she wasn't eating healthy while she was on her vegan diet, but then neither was I when dipsticks convinced me that soy products were totally healthy for you, and the more the better, which turned out bad for my body in the end.
Yeah, what a HHVegan fool alright:-)
But I did find some nice vegetarian blogger/podcasters who I liked listening to...even looked forward to listening to...and if there were more podcasts like their's then I'm sure they would persuade more meat-eaters to have a go at the vegetarian lifestyle.
And it's a great podcast even if you do eat meat, because you still need to eat vegetables and it might help you to cut down on eating so much meat and dairy and improve your health and finances.
I also found it amusing how in the early days of 'Vegetarian Zen' Larissa used to wear "Eat More Kale" t-shirts, until she found out that she was allergic to kale.
VZ 016: Let’s Celebrate National Kale Day!
Vegetarian Zen
I was even thinking of making a Zen garden in my backyard, but didn't think it would produce a bumper crop somehow:-)
Nancy Addison's podcast 'Organic Healthy Life' is right up there, too, as one of my favourites in Veggie podcasts.
And Nancy, like me, is allergic to penicillin, which is deadly to both of us.
I'm sure there are more good vegetarian/vegan podcasts out there, but these are my two favourites among the ones I've listened to through searching iTunes.
So if you want to wean yourself off meat and dairy, or go vegetarian...or vegan without harming your health and being preached to by acid-tongue vegans, then these are two podcasts I would try out first.
And oddly enough all three ladies live in Texas, of all places.
Not a state my mind associates with vegetarian eating. 
Anyway, dig in and have a listen to the podcasts for yourself.


Luna said...

My advice to anyone who wants to change their diet: do it gradually. Most of the problems people have is because they make some radical change, and then are surprised when their body has trouble adjusting. If you had gone vegan gradually, you'd have noticed your issues with soy before they were much of a problem. It's even possible that introducing the soy gradually wouldn't have caused you any issues, though this is something that depends on the person.

Brizdaz (Darren) said...

My problem was that my system was overloaded with soy products and the nutrients in my diet were blocked from being absorbed in my intestine.
I was drinking soy milk everyday like I used to drink cows milk.
I was eating soy based cereals for breakfast most days.
I was eating tofu at dinner time, etc, etc.
Soy products at the time were being pushed as the great miracle food for vegan based diets.
Eight months after being on this diet the skin on my face was so dry and itchy (and I have always had oily skin) that just wiping the sweat from my forehead would cause it to go red and sometimes start bleeding.
I thought I had lupus at the time, because my face looked so bad.
I went to skin specialists and doctors and all they would do was scratch their heads (lucky bastards, because their heads didn't bleed when they scratched them, like mine would have at the time;-) and give me prescriptions for steroid creams, which they told me would ruin my skin if I used them for too long.
Talk about catch 22.
Through my own research I stumbled across an article about how eating too much soy could block the intestine from absorbing essential minerals like zinc, which is a mineral needed for skin repair and maintenance.
Now that I'm back on a vegetarian/no dairy diet I avoid soy like the plague.
I drink rice milk now, which tastes much better than soy anyway.
I always hated eating tofu anyway, because to me it always was like cutting up a rubber (eraser, as Americans would say) and putting it your food and chewing it.
I still eat eggs, so I don't need to worry about iron and B12 supplements.
When it comes to soy for me, it's a case of once bitten twice shy.
Pretty much how I feel about marriage now, too;-)

Unknown said...

Wow...thank you so much for sharing our podcast, Vegetarian Zen!! We are glad to have you as a part of our Veg Zen community and are glad you're finding value in the podcast. We'd love to have you in the Peas and Carrots Society on Facebook as well.

Peace & Veggies,


Brizdaz (Darren) said...

Thanks Larissa, but I closed my Facebook account over a year ago and have no plans on opening another one.
It's been bliss since leaving Facebook.