Disclaimer, Explanation of Terms, Etc

1.  Don't Sue Me, Please
I am not a doctor, nutritionist, personal trainer nor do I hold any kind of degree or certification in health or fitness.  This blog is my own personal journey.  If you're going to make any changes to your health/fitness, especially if your health is in some state of risk, please, please, please see a professional, although I do recommend that you find a holistic doctor that will primarily consider how nutrition and fitness affect one's overall health.  If your doctor is not interested in a detailed description of your diet and exercise and does not make specific recommendations about how to improve it/alter it before he/she mentions medication, I highly recommend you consider a new doctor.

"He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the time of his doctor."
--Ancient Chinese Proverb

"Let food be thy medicine."
--The father of medicine, Hippocrates

2.  Uses of the "D" Word
That brings me to my next topic: usage of the "D" word, "diet."  Yes, I often use the "D" word, but I am not always using it to mean what I consider to be a very dangerous usage of the word: a temporary way of eating that is centered around losing a certain amount of weight over a certain period of time.  When I use it the positive way, I mean it as in the way we might refer to what an animal eats:  "A rabbit's diet consists of plants," as in this is the manner in which one generally eats on a daily basis as his/her lifestyle.

3.  Overall Dietary Theme at Life After Lazy
My main recommendation throughout this blog for the good kind of "diet," is generally a plant-based, whole foods diet.  And yes, what I'm basically talking about are the "V" words (vegetarian and/or vegan).  But I am NOT saying that the only way to get healthy is to cut out all animal products of any kind whatsoever.  This is just what I have chosen and what has worked wonders for me.  I'm simply saying a plant-based, whole foods diet is something to strongly consider, especially if you have cardiovascular problems or are at a high risk of developing cancer (please remember disclaimer number one).

When I talk about this manner of living, because it is a lifestyle choice, I am simply giving you some food for thought (and yes, that was a bad pun).  I am a self-proclaimed pseudo vegetarian; I often eat fish and seafood but very rarely, to almost never, eat white meat, and I absolutely never eat red meat or pork.  I would love to say that I am a vegan who eats only plant-based, whole, organic foods and nothing else, but financially it is not possible for me right now--that is the very, very sad truth about the way the world currently works.  Less healthy foods are cheaper.  I feel incredibly grateful to be able to afford mostly whole, organic foods, yet I cannot always afford all of my food to be as such.

You have to weigh out what will work for you, what won't, and what your priorities are.  Right now, I am not at any risk for heart disease or cancer, but if I were to return to eating meat and more dairy than the limited amount I currently eat and exercising less, I'm positive my cholesterol would be too high, as that runs in my family.  As I get older and hopefully make more money, I may choose to make changes (I'm currently in my mid-twenties).  I do believe that if it is possible, no matter what your health condition, the optimal healthy diet is a plant-based whole foods diet; however, not everyone's priority is eating a optimal diet.  For some, a fairly healthy diet is good enough (which is why I'm not completely vegan).  And for some people, a remotely healthy diet is not at all a priority.

Processed foods are cheaper, tastier, and more readily available.  So you might think a vegan diet is too extreme and expensive, but personally I think bypass surgery, in which a surgeon cuts you down the center, takes an artery from your leg and sews it to your exposed heart for $100,000, is a bit more extreme and expensive.  And it's almost always avoidable.

And yes, you can get just as much protein, if not more, from plants and whole grains (see: spirulina, quinoa, and others).  And often that protein is healthier for you than the kind you will get from meat since plant-based protein lacks cholesterol.  I've heard people argue against a vegetarian diet because plant-based proteins are not "complete" proteins and in many cases that is true (but for superfoods like quinoa, it is not the case).  However, you don't need to eat a complete protein with every meal.  As long as you are eating a variety of protein sources throughout the day, your daily intake should turn out complete overall.