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☑️ My vegetarian experience
☑️ RPT members who thrived in the past year!
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☑️ My vegetarian experience
I love a good experiment. Even if it means giving up some of my favorites for a bit.
I gave up meat for about 7 months. Well, I had it around 2-4 times. My original goal was 12-16 weeks.
The main goal was to track my blood work before and after, to see if I noticed a difference. See if I noticed any difference in performance, energy, everything.
First things first. I am not a vegetarian, flexitarian, or whatever other name. I don’t believe in naming myself after the way I eat. Mentally, it’s not good. All of these options have positives and negatives. We are individuals. Some plans work, but that same plan might be terrible for the next person.
I NEVER sit across from someone and tell them they MUST do it this way. We follow principles that have been proven to work. We fit the plan to YOUR lifestyle. There are so many ways to improve your health, lose fat, and increase your fitness levels. I find the best plan that fits your lifestyle.
Positives and negatives from this experience
Blood work- This improved A LOT. Cholesterol numbers improved A LOT!
Performance – Nothing negative. No crazy improvements.
Digestion- Improved a lot. There were a few weeks of adjusting to that much fiber. But eventually found the sweet spot.
Lifestyle – Easy fit for me. I can see where it could be MUCH harder for others. I think COVID restrictions made it easier, less going out.
Was it easy to follow? – For me, yes. It was weird for about a week or two. After that, I had fun trying out so many different foods that I ignored before. There are so many options out there now. Can see where this would have been a lot harder 10 to 20 years ago. The Food tasted really good! The prep was easy.
The opinion of others- I did not tell too many people. The people I told looked at me like a dinosaur. They asked questions like…
Are you alright Detric?
What do you eat?
Most of those people eat fast food and drink alcohol daily, but told me I was ruining my health. The hardest part had nothing to do with following the plan.
Body composition – I was not that concerned with this. I think most people that go from doing nothing to making effort will lose fat on any diet. It is about the calories. I mean, we have seen people eat Mcdonalds every day and still lose weight
We have seen people eat very “healthy” and gain weight. If your goal is weight loss, it’s about the calories.
Protein – I was shocked at how much protein I was getting from other foods. I thought it would be hard to hit my goals without meat. I was wrong.
Made me think?!- Most people just follow what is popular. What has always been done. I studied things like the marketing and history behind the meat industry. Different cultures. Studied things like eating meat and social status
The reason it worked ? More fiber, easy to get micronutrients in, removed more bad foods, and EFFORT. Yes, this can happen on any well balanced plan.
What next? – I plan to get blood work done in another 2-3 months. I am very interested in seeing if that trend, especially with cholesterol , continues. Health is everything. Way more than how you look.
I can see myself having meat a few times per week, if I choose. I don’t see it being a daily thing. That is a big change for me. I LOVE THE FOODS I AM EATING, so it’s easy to follow.
This was a lot longer than I expected. I will stop talking now. If you have questions, send them over.
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Detric Smith, CSCS, ACSM Exercise Physiologist, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach
Owner, Results Performance Training