I have been a vegetarian since I was 13 years old. The reason was simple: My best friend tried it and I agreed to go along with it for one week. After the week I would try it for one month. The more I learnt about animal cruelty the easier was my decision to stay vegetarian. Later I still started to eat fish, but no other meat. I still drank milk, ate yoghurt and candy – hey it’s vegetarian. When I grew up in Germany I was sick a lot. I had asthma and needed to use an inhaler every time I would run or do any exercise outside or just get my heart beat going. Also, I had many allergies – starting from pollen to animals to food (most of fruits including apples, peaches, cherries, etc. but also to raw eggs which is in most dressings). I was probably sick once a month with a cold and asthma. I still liked to be active, but was limited in my lifestyle. My boyfriend had two dogs that I loved, but I was allergic and I would sneeze nonstop and get asthma everytime we went on walks. I ignored it as I loved them so much. The doctor gave me inhalers and antibiotics for my cold, and I accepted to live with it. When we traveled (which is one of my other passions besides animals) I was limited to what food I could eat. Exploring a different country and learning about the culture you really experience is by indulging in local cuisine. Unfortunately, I was never able to do this as I didn’t want to have my throat swell up if my allergies started. I never thought about that a different life would be possible for me, and just accepted to live this way with my allergies and asthma.
I just finished reading the Body Book by Cameron Diaz. It’s been out for a while, but I’m usually not a fan of “healthy books” by celebrities. I always like to learn about nutrition and other people’s views on healthy eating, so I thought I give it a shot. I was surprised – it has some great information and scientific facts. It’s also very easy to read – it’s written as if she was talking to the reader as your girlfriend, not a scientist or teacher. She talks about changing her diet from junk food to a wholesome, nutritious diet. She always has been skinny and beautiful (at least from the outside), but changing her diet made her body strong, her skin healthy and gave her more energy every day. The book also discusses mental health and how to live a happier life. Her latest book is “The Longevity Book” – has anyone read it? I would love to hear any other book recommendations about nutrition & health.