Plant Based Diet
So last week I was in Texas running train on a giant metal tray of brisket slathered in spicy barbecue sauce. This week I am pounding quinoa burritos like it’s my day job.
So what is going on here? What is this new diet? Why am I on it? What am I hoping to get out of it?
So.. First things first…
I am not a vegetarian. I am just eating a plant based diet. I feel like vegetarianism is defined by an absence of meat. In this case (while I am cutting out meat) that’s not an explicit goal. The goal is increase the plants.
I am defining plants here as something that photosynthesizes. Things that need sunlight, and water to grow.
So my philosophy here is that every meal is an opportunity for plants, so why waste it on meat?
So meat, cheese, eggs, are all fine for me to eat and I have no moral objection to eating them. I just will be focusing on plants and probably won’t ever go out of my way to eat meat.
Lots of reasons!
- To practice self control
- To improve my health
- To improve balance and strength
- To try to hold on to what little bit of youth I have as a woman
It’s easy to eat a pizza/burger diet for me, and I can kind of get away with it because of the amount of activity I do each week. But I have been noticing it impact my health, and ability to concentrate.
Furthermore I have really bad dysmorphia and struggle with the shape of my skeleton. Because I transitioned so late in life my skeleton had already grown because of testosterone. It’s impossible to shrink bone. Eating a plant based will encourage healthier meal choices, and hopefully help me keep my self in shape. Which is a small step in the direction of feeling good about my body.
Because of the irreversible effects of hormones (like having a large skeleton with broad shoulders) it’s now common for questioning young transgender patients to take a blocking only approach to hormones until they are slightly older and can be sure of their decision. In my case if my parents weren’t trans phobic asshats I could have taken testosterone blockers to prevent my skeleton from growing and this whole issue wouldn’t be here.
So thanks for my linebacker shoulders mom and dad. Fuck.
Anyway, if I am stuck with a dude jaw and enormous shoulders, I might as well have a flat stomach. Right?
I never, nor will I ever, have a body that I enjoy physically.
So I might as well enjoy it in other ways.
I have been getting more and more into rock climbing and bouldering. It’s one of my goals for the year. The sport is physical, and requires focus, balance, and strength. All of which I can increase by eating a plant based diet.
So in conclusion you will catch me reaching for the green leafies instead of the pizza. It’s almost an intentional torture. Like the pain of not eating pizza helps distract me from the pain of walking around with a skeleton I want to saw in half.
So maybe this is a masochist’s diet? Maybe I just want to be a better rock climber? Maybe I just want to try it out and see how I like it.
…so on with the triceratops food!
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