It seems like 2017 will be the year of diets.
Of course, January always seems to bring about new diet trends, but those always fad by March. However, this year feels different. People I would never expect to follow a specific “diet” have come up to me and asked me my opinion on it. Whole 30? Paleo? Vegan? High carb low fat? Low carb? Calorie counting? I get hundreds of DMs a day asking me which diet I follow, and even people I’ve never talked to at school chime in as well. Whenever I’m asked these questions, I brush them off or don’t respond, because there’s really nothing to be said.
A few months ago, I went from not eating red meat to being peskitarian. I did this for animal and health reasons, but I don’t have an desire to go vegetarian. Recently, I’ve been feeling pressure to fit myself into a “diet box”. If I post a vegan meal, I get hundreds of new followers. If I post an egg photo, I get hate comments. I started calling myself vegetarian when people asked, but then I realized: why? Why does it matter if I eat fish or not? Sure, people may unfollow me, but life isn’t about the numbers. You really can’t please anyone, can you? I’ve never been a meat eater, but I do not judge / criticize you if you do. It’s your diet, and if it works for you, that’s great.
At the beginning of the month, it seemed like everyone and their mother was doing Whole 30. I saw countless Whole 30 recipes on my Pinterest feed, and everyone was requesting the recipes. I was talking to my mom about this, and we both came to the agreement that it isn’t necessary. I understand the “cleanse your body” aspect, but shouldn’t you do that by eating natural food and not restricting our diets? I believe a true cleanse involves balance, and putting yourself in a diet box doesn’t seem like balance.
I’m not bashing any of these diets. In fact, I think they’re great, because more people are exposing themselves to healthy eating. All I’m saying is that I don’t follow a specific diet, and I don’t want to put myself into a certain category. If I eat vegan one day and have fish and eggs the next day, I don’t want to feel ashamed.
Part of living a healthy, balanced lifestyle is nourishing our bodies with natural, wholesome food. That’s why I’ve decided to do the Veestro 21 Day “Yes I Can” Challenge. With this challenge, I will be eating one plant based meal a day for 21 days. I’m not considering this a diet, but more so a way to showcase how you can thrive off a diet of healthy, natural food. Veestro creates healthy, portable, and quick plant based meals that are ready with the snap of a finger. Even my meat eating sister, who loves burgers and pepperoni pizza, loves their meals!
I know many of you ask me how you can start living a healthier lifestyle, and one way you can start is by taking this challenge with me. You can sign up for the challenge here: http://veestro.me/21daysthf and use my code 21DAYSTHF for 20% off your order! I can’t wait to see how you all do on the challenge, and I’m excited to see what you all think.
This post is sponsored by Veestro. All opinions are my own and I stand by everything I’ve said.
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