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What Is A Good Diet?

In my opinion, a great diet can be defined as what is nutrient-rich in the least quantity while filling the most nutritional need.

For most of human history, we lived in a very nutrient-poor world. Our hunter-gatherers ate meat only rarely, usually on special occasions. In order to eat and survive, we had to hunt for it and to gather the plant matter that we used in cooking. Vegetarians are the ones who eat a meat-and-two-veg diet — meat when they have the time to kill the animals and meat when they can’t find any animals. In the ancient world, meat was scarce as the domesticated animals we domesticate today were too hardy to be eaten by the hunter-gatherers and too difficult to catch.

In the modern world, by contrast, we have more meat. As a result, we have more meat choices and less time to hunt and gather meat. Meat has always been easy to produce. It is a byproduct of plant-based production — crops growing in large fields under close observation.

As production is automated, the time to obtain meat can be reduced in turn, making it even healthier. The amount of meat we can actually obtain in a day has also been reduced. In the past, people in the developed world could eat a large amount of meat during their meals without worrying about the meat being too high in cholesterol. Now, we can eat many more meatless meals during every meal. It’s easier to get to the meatless side of the spectrum, but most nutritionists prefer to go to the extreme and recommend a diet that is high in meat and low (or zero) in plant-based foods.

A meat-free diet has lots of health benefits, and can be very high in vitamins and minerals. Many popular American recipes call for high-protein meat alternatives such as tofu, tempeh, and soy burgers or hamburgers. Such recipes contain protein, but are low in essential nutrients.

There is a lot missing from the current plant-based diets, and they can take more than three weeks to feel fully satisfied. This is why people often resort to fast foods to “make up” for that missing meat and/or dairy in their diets. As a result, a plant-based diet can easily take six months to a year to feel “complete” and satisfy. This isn’t just impractical; it can kill your metabolism! It is a major reason that people can get away with eating diets full of junk (and often lacking in nutritional value) for so long, despite their health claims.

If you love plant-based foods, you know the frustration of being unable to satisfy your appetite for three weeks or more at a time. For those of us who love to eat but do not love suffering, this isn’t fun. You need balance, and when you have it, your health will improve.

This is why I propose a vegetarian lifestyle. I don’t say vegetarian every day of the week, because people who are vegetarians often don’t eat meat in other days of the week, so why the emphasis? I believe we should focus on avoiding animal products each day so that we aren’t wasting our precious plant-based diets.

Veganism is not limited to eating eggs and dairy, but can encompass a wide range of foods. I define veganism as a life-long endeavor of avoiding unnecessary, unhealthful, and damaging animal products, as well as any other substances in the diet that are derived from, or derived from agricultural methods, that are causing significant damage to the environment or human well-being. In other words, it could mean skipping any type of animal product during the rest of the day when possible.

Veganism is a choice — a life-long quest, if you will, to live without unnecessary meat and to live with the health and longevity benefits of a vegan diet.

That’s all the time I have for now.