On my way to work this morning I heard a teaser from the John Tesh radio show to tune in at 7 p.m. to learn about a new and upcoming Pegan Diet. My first thought was what is that? Does he mean the Pagan Diet? The word Pagan is what Google programmers assumed it meant too when I searched the word Pegan! By adding the word DIET I got over 37,000 results. Pegan is a combination of the Paleo and Vegan diet. Isn’t that the same as a Flexitarian? I suppose the word Pegan is catchier, more marketable, capitalizing on two popular diet trends. The word diet is a slippery slope that is up for interpretation. The minute I say I’m on any sort of diet, the SOS (Sugar, Oil, Salt) demons come out and cravings kick in.
I prefer to think of my plant-based journey as a lifestyle, something I continually work towards. I’m not falling for the fad diets. I’ve done that way too many years as it is. The first “diet” I remember going on is the Grapefruit Diet when I was about 10 years old. I don’t eat grapefruit to this day because of that diet. Then there was the Tomato Juice and Vinegar Diet. I can barely stomach vinegar now either. I don’t want to do extreme diets. I just want to learn what works for me and so far that is the WFPB (Whole Food Plant Based) lifestyle. I’m not there yet. I’m still slaying my food addiction dragons that come at me every time I open the refrigerator door or see a fast food restaurant. It’s a lifelong process not a short term diet.
Another part of the process is to not get distracted by diet trends or fads. Pegan, pagan, vegan, vegetarian, SAD… I am trying to not to get wrapped up in labels and just learn what nourishes my body, mind and spirit while contributing to the greater good. For me, it’s an obvious choice to make, but not always an easy choice to follow.