Well, what’s your diet choice? When you start a food blog you are always looking for ways to promote your blog, from social media (facebook, pinterest, twitter, google+ and so many others) to submitting your photos to food sharing sites. Some are more difficult than others to be accepted (foodgawker and tastespotting for instance) how I danced and laughed all day the first time I was accepted to those two! “Ma, calm down, what’s the big deal?” But eh it was a big deal, to me at least. Then there are others that are a little more lenient (food epix, fridgg to name a couple ). Because to tell the truth you want as many people as possible to discover all those amazing recipes that are so delicious and have to be made and rightly so. Who would have thought it would take so much work and energy to make it work!
Then there are the ones that I have recently just discovered that are sites that only accept recipes suited to their diets. Potluckohmyveggies which is mainly vegetarian or Stalkerville.net and this one is what they call real food, Paleo inspired – to finding Vegan. So this is where I said to myself “what the heck is all this? Should I be interested?” So I decided “yeah I am and yes I should be interested” and I also imagined that others would be interested too. So read on my friends!
Starting with I assume the most familiar and I am sure almost everyone knows what vegetarian is, and many of us have a friend or a family member who is a vegetarian. But did you know that there is more than one type of vegetarian? The strict vegetarian that eats no meat whatsoever and this can include fish and poultry to an ovo-vegetarian who eats eggs but no dairy to a lacto-vegetarian that eats dairy but no eggs. Then there is the ovo-lacto vegetarian that eats eggs and dairy. So going through my recipes I knew I had vegetarian recipes which I could submit and hoped would be accepted.
But Paleo? Vegan? What was that all about? So since I spend a few hours, ok, a little more than a few hours on the computer every day, I decided to find out just what was involved in these diets that were taking over the internet and making me sit up and take notice. Paleo for your information can also be referred to as the caveman diet or stone age diet. This diet includes only food that was consumed during the Paleolithic time, (which lasted from 2.6 million to 10,000 years ago), basically followers of this diet are advised not to eat anything that was not available during that time period. This includes, dairy products, legumes, processed oils, grains, coffee, alcohol and refined sugar. It is believed that modern man has not had time to adapt to eating modern food because Agriculture has only begun a mere 10,000 years ago and before that for 200,000 years man survived on whole foods, plants, meat and seafood and that is just what man needs to thrive and evolve today and always. I am afraid I would have to skip on this one. Are we kidding here? No alcohol, no coffee and no sugar. Sorry can’t do that! But if you do, I would be so interested to know how it is going and if you do feel better health wise.
Moving on to vegan, what is a vegan, basically a person who does not eat or use animal products. You may at this point ask the same question I did “well isn’t that vegetarian?” No, not really. It could be called a type of vegetarian, but it is stricter. A vegan does not eat any animal products nor any food that is processed using animal products such as refined white sugar and some types of wine and most do not consume honey. Most vegans do not use any products that have been tested on animals, personally I think we should all take a stand on this one and follow in their footsteps! And needless to stay they do not wear or use leather or furs. Are you a vegan? How are you finding it? Was it or is it difficult to follow?
Of course I couldn’t write this post about What’s your diet choice without including a mediterranean diet, which is a typical diet followed in Mediterranean countries ( to name a few, Italy, Greece, Spain etc). This diet consists of whole grains (rice, pasta,bread) lots of veggies (greens are very popular, chicory, broccoletti, and swiss chard to name just a few) olive oil and probably more fish than meat, Meat is eaten once or twice a week at the most. This is probably a diet that recommends eating everything in moderation. The Mediterranean diet consists in eating a larger meal for lunch and to keep it light at dinnertime. Dinner usually consists of a vegetables and some cheese or an egg.
So what’s your diet choice? If anyone has anything to share I would love to hear it.