There was a time when going vegetarian seemed extreme. Impossible.
Where will I get protein?
Forget protein, where will I even get the calories?
Then I did it, and it turned out not to be so hard.
Vegan, though … that was different. Too extreme. I could never do it.
How will I eat out at a restaurant? What will I tell my friends? Where are the calories going to come from now?
And as you know, that turned out just fine too.
But for the past few years, there’s been another “should I or shouldn’t I” conversation in my head — and this time, it’s been about oil. Olive oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil.
I know it’s not a whole food … but it’s not that processed.
All the vegan doctors say it’s bad, but they mean for overweight people. Not for me, I’m an ultrarunner!
And, one more time: Where will I get the calories?
Keepin’ it Real
I don’t expect this to be a popular blog post. It’s easier to make a made-up “chocolate helps you lose weight” story go viral than a “how I removed the last possible tasty thing from my food” angle. (That’s actually not the case, but I used to think it was.)
In fact, last time I wrote about giving up oil for a few weeks, I got emails from several people calling me irresponsible for suggesting that “heart healthy” oils might actually not be so good for us!
But I’m okay with that. People tell me one of the reasons they read my blog is because I’m transparent — so no sense trying to hide what for me is a sensible next step towards maximum health and energy through food.