I don’t know how things work for you. Is naturism / nudism you do/live without other thoughts or ‘consequences’?
I found that my affection for naturism also affected my preference for food.
A long time ago (over 20 years) I became a vegetarian. It felt like the right thing to do. If my lifestyle is naturism (which includes health and care for the environment for me), eating more healthy things is a logical thing to do. If you think that eating a big steak and lots of gravy is healthy for you, sure, go ahead. I decided that meat and fish were not helping me at all, after a period of experimenting with different kinds of food.
In fact, not eating animal products made me feel better. A blood test I had done a few years after starting that, showed that cholesterol didn’t stand a chance inside me. “It’s going away before it’s actually there,” the medical professional told me, as I heard the results of the test. Nice, right? Add to that a lot of feeling good, and I was set for life.
So I thought.
A few years ago I decided to cut out diary products too. Step by step. I don’t believe in big bang deployments when it comes to my health. A body is used to certain things, and getting used to them no longer being there is allowed to take time. That also helped me in keeping an eye on myself.
Did I still feel healthy? Good? Worse? Better?
Over time everything related to animal food items vanished and I kept feeling good. Not actually better, but that wasn’t the goal. Yes, I was going vegan, full on.
I still feel great.
The awareness that I don’t add to the suffering of animals, that are bred and killed for my food adds to that feeling. The idea that people need meat to be healthy and big and strong has gone up in smoke for me a long time ago.
Believe it or not, but there are bodybuilders and other strong people, who thrive on a vegan diet.
Or what about Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger?
Arnold Schwarzenegger is 99% vegan
And is the star of my 100% favourite Christmas film, Jingle All The Way. The 72-year-old action legend has been living on a meat and dairy-free diet for the past three years, only making very few exceptions regarding his food intake and usually when filming. Arnie’s new vegan menu is a far cry from his competitive bodybuilding days when he consumed a diet consisting mostly of tuna, meat, eggs and chicken to build muscle mass.
Environment and animals
The longer I’m following the vegan food style, the more I’m becoming aware of what’s being done to animals and our planet. I’m not going to go on about that here, this is not the place. If you’re curious, there are places like Google, Bing, Startpage and DuckDuckGo that can help you find out more. If you do, let me tell you: it ain’t pretty.
You may think that skipping meat is bad for you. If you think so, and you don’t want to change, what can I say.
But if you’re not that ‘traditional’, try to go meat and fish-free for one day per week. Just give it a go. Try something vegetarian or, for the brave, vegan, once a week. Twice a week? You might like it. It might surprise you.
Curious? Have a look at https://veganuary.com, for a 30 day trial. Get some ideas. And hopefully, get convinced.
Have a great 2022, and thank you for reading all the way to here.