This weekend I went to an acupuncturist, I’d bought a deal off Living Social for a consult and treatment. He did some intake, asked about my activity level and nutrition. I rattled off my recent allergy test results and also stated I was a vegetarian. He asked why, if it was for ethical, religious or health reasons. I told him it was really for health. He then asked if I’d be willing to consider eating meat if he told me it would be better for me. I replied “probably not”.
So, I guess that’s an answer for myself, isn’t it? It’s NOT just health issues, because if it were, I’d be willing to go back if it were a health-based recommendation. I stuttered out some excuse about how I was “grossed out” by the treatment of animals to get them prepared for food. It wasn’t really an “animal cruelty” response, but it was something deeper than “I think it’s better to eat plants than animals”. Although I’ve said that I just see food as fuel, I guess it’s not all that simple.
I am nervous about my new diet, though. My last two races haven’t gone well, and I don’t know if it’s related to some sort of deficiencies. I’m actually more concerned about the gluten than the animal products, though. Although you can’t really be carb-deficient.. and I am eating a lot of quinoa, rice and fruits and veggies.
The acupuncturist did say that a vegetarian diet is one that is cooling, and the body needs to expend extra energy heating the food you eat (I sorta think that is more raw than vegetarian, but I accepted what he was saying). Since I already expend a lot of energy with my workouts, I should be aware of the extra work my body has to do.
I want to be healthy and strong and good for myself and I guess the world around me. I listened to a podcast the other day where the speaker discussed the idea of optimizing versus maximizing your performance. That sometimes there are trade-offs between health and performance, or other factors. I haven’t quite figured out yet where that line lays with me.