OMNIVORE: one who eats any/everything.

Hi, and welcome. I’m Crystal, a woman who is taking charge of her own body and destiny. I’ve been wanting to start this blog for several months now, since my youngest brother revealed he was “going vegan” and I started cooking vegan/vegetarian meals for the nights he would come to visit me. Sometimes I would be “dubious” about how these meals would come out, most times pleasantly surprised. That’s where the name of this site comes from.

But this blog is not about vegan / vegetarian eating. It is about my own realisation about the abuse I – and many of you – have been doing to our bodies for most of our adult lives (sometimes even earlier). It is about the rubbish we ingest every day for the sake of “convenience”; about the stupid “fad diets” we follow to lose weight that make us think we can continue to eat garbage; about realising that if I want to feel like the goddess that I am, I have to take care of the temple; and about thinking of our world and environment, our place in it, and how we can strive to make it better.

We are all humans, who are flawed. We will make mistakes and poor choices. It happens, we must learn to forgive ourselves and move on to make good decisions. But also realising that sometimes, it’s ok to be naughty.

We all lead busy lives with jobs, or families. It’s sometimes easier to grab something on the go, something boxed or packaged, full of sugar and lacking any nutritional value. As a society, we have veered away from preparing our own food, with fresh ingredients. Not many of us grow any of our own food any more, something I truly believe we need to change if we are going to help our world. If growing our own is not possible, then buying locally sourced ingredients as much as possible. I’m not saying ditch the frozen veg or tinned beans entirely, but every little thing we CAN do, we SHOULD do.

I’ve also come to the conclusion that the only “diet” that anyone should be concerned about is Science. The ratio of energy input to energy output (calories) is the only thing that makes sense to me as far as losing weight is concerned (and most people seem to be concerned about that, if the multi-million dollar weight loss industry is anything to go by.) Everything you put into your mouth counts; it matters. You cannot expect to lose weight if you are consuming 3000 calories or more a day and only expending 2000 or less. And the QUALITY of those calories count as well. If you choose the right foods to nourish your body, you will FEEL BETTER over all. I’m not saying you shouldn’t enjoy that cookie or glass of wine now and then (because what is the point of life without a little bit of naughtiness?), but if you are meant to be eating a 1500 calorie diet, you have to count that into your daily total. You will be surprised how it all adds up.

I don’t claim to be a nutritionist or a doctor. This is all just stuff I’ve been thinking about in the past several months, and am going on what I know to be true. There is no fast and easy way to lose weight and be healthier. I’m also not claiming to be perfect nor am I self-righteous. This is about my quest to live a healthier, happier life and to reverse the damage that 20 plus years of self-inflicted abuse (especially this last year of stress and not caring) has done to my body. It starts now.