Did you know…2019 is The “Year Of The Vegan?”

th-6According to “The World in 2019”, a special edition magazine from Forbes magazine, 2019 has been declared the “year of the Vegan”. According to the article, the interest in Veganism is rising, with a quarter of 25- to 34-year-old Americans declaring to be vegans or vegetarians.”

Well, good for them I say, but the shift to vegan/vegetarian is a life style that many older adults are also embracing. Personally, I’m very happy to hear this since I’ve been working very hard to embrace a more plant based diet

My reasons for becoming a vegetarian are for the multiple health benefits: reduce the risk of diseases, maintain weight, slow down the aging process and live longer. It also makes economic sense. Of course, others may have varying reasons to adapt the lifestyle.

The transition from carnivore to meatless can be a gradual process, and there are many ways for people to embrace a vegetarian life style. The truth is people who follow a vegetarian dietary style can eat everything they want. The difference is that people who identify as vegetarians choose not to eat certain things.

I’ve tried lacto-ovo-vegetarianism. I did not eat beef, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish, or animal flesh, but did eat eggs and dairy products and of course all of the vegetables and fruit that I craved. Lacto-ovo vegetarians are the most common kind of vegetarian.

Currently, I’m currently a pescatarian which is eating fish and other seafood.  This is becoming a more popular form of vegetarianism and a stepping-stone to a fully vegetarian diet.   My diet consists of mainly vegetables, grains, fruit, and nuts.

You don’t have to be vegetarian to love vegetarian food. The term “flexitarian” describes a person who is a semi-vegetarians or who eats a mostly vegetarian diet but occasionally eats meat.

Another form is Vegans, people who do not eat meat products of any kind including eggs, dairy products, or processed foods containing those or other animal-derived ingredients.

You may ask yourself why go vegetarian. When provided with an opportunity to live a healthier life… my question is why not?

img_0829                                                                                                                        My New Years Eve meal of Curried Vegetarian Black-Eye Pea , sweet potato and cornbread.

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