CORE TENETS OF THE ENTOVEGAN PHILOSOPHY

The Entovegan Lifestyle is:

Sustainable Veganism Boosted by Entomophagy (human consumption of insects).

HUMAN FOUNDATION

  • Hold your individual human life and its perpetuation as the highest ideal.
  • Exclude meat, dairy, and eggs from your diet simply because it is healthier to do so.
  • Eat a plant-based diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and edible insects.
  • Acknowledge and accept that science clearly shows insects do not feel pain.
  • Understand that insects are potentially the most sustainable form of human nutrition on earth.
  • Be grateful for the sustenance you receive from the natural earth, produced by the minds of your fellow humans.
  • Seek to be in balance and harmony with nature and people, respecting the needs and life cycles of each as valid for their existence.
  • Adhere to the non-aggression principle in all situations with other people – live and let live.

DIETARY FRAMEWORK

Eat a locally grown, sustainably harvested, plant-based diet combined with entomophagy:

  • Exclude all meat, fish, poultry, dairy, and eggs
  • Include Entomophagy, eating insects and insect by-products which are reared and harvested ethically and sustainably (eg sustainably harvested ant eggs or sustainably produced honey)
  • Include Pancrustacea (insects as well as crustaceans)*
  • Include all fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains, focusing on the ones with the most nutritional value (i.e. preferring quinoa to white rice)
  • Avoid processed foods, refined sugar, and all artificial flavors / colors / preservatives
  • Supplementation is permitted as needed regarding certain vitamins & minerals
  • Get 15-20 minutes of unblocked sunshine per day on as much of your skin as possible, in order to facilitate the body’s natural production of the vital hormone Vitamin D

*Shrimp and other Crustaceans are covered under the Pancrustacea grouping (insects and crustaceans) and are acceptable to eat, but must be harvested ethically and sustainably. We don’t recommend eating any Lobster, though, simply because there is still no sustainable way to farm them or harvest them that we know of.

PERSONAL HAPPINESS

The goal is the healthiest, most natural lifestyle possible – there is no guilt, shame, or emotional nonsense if you eat something you shouldn’t have eaten.

So don’t be distraught if you eat something accidentally that had some egg, or some dairy, or even some meat in it, or touching it. The goal is an overall lifestyle change, not strict adherence to a dogma.

This is not in any way a dogmatic form of eating or living – extremism is not acceptable. This isn’t about being a social justice warrior, it’s about living as healthy as possible to maximize your own potential in life!

And as you become your best self day-by-day, that brings a sense of satisfaction and joy.

INTERNAL HONESTY

With that said, the only person who is impacted by “cheating” on a healthy lifestyle, is you. So while guilt shouldn’t factor into your decisions, an objective look at those decisions through the lens of your stated goal to eat and live as an Entovegan is necessary.

The sum of your life will be a direct result of your self-discipline. Earn your own self-respect by sticking with the guidelines you’ve chosen to follow for diet, exercise, and personal growth.

SHARED COMMUNITY

  • Go with the flow, and don’t be an insufferable party fail when eating with groups of people who are not Entovegan – go about your eating habits quietly, and don’t proselytize for Entoveganism to people who don’t want to hear about it.
  • Talk about Entoveganism only with those who genuinely are interested in hearing about the concept, and speak without judgment or condemnation of other choices – this is, after all, a diet and lifestyle choice based in nutritional science and environmental sustainability, not based on virtue signaling.
  • Do not take up any offense at negative comments that come your way because of how you choose to eat or not eat. Give others grace in their food and lifestyle choices, and do not try and change them. Live and let live.

NUTRITIONAL FLEXIBILITY

Allow yourself flexibility for a “cheat day” to eat whatever you want (real cheesecake, a juicy hamburger, smoked salmon, etc) but no more than once per quarter.

Why only 4 times per year? Because you don’t want to be thinking about it on a regular basis.

As Entoveganism is a lifestyle based on health, it’s better to focus on those positive changes you are making rather than what you’re leaving behind, and allow your palate to change (it already has for me in 3 months), to find yourself craving quinoa and raw spinach and salty crickets, rather than the other stuff.

This is one area I’m still working on refining, but I found it notable to read that Tom Brady eats a predominantly raw diet, but will include chicken breast during the winter months.

I’m in no way advocating for eating chicken “when it’s convenient”, only noting that I found it to be an interesting “meat” addition for one of the healthiest raw / vegan athletes on the planet.

What I believe though, is that his higher than normal protein needs which are being met by chicken in the winter can be met without “meat” simply by increasing the presence of certain insects in his diet!

Additionally, the common criticisms of standard veganism regarding a lack of vitamins and nutrients, may be met by an increase in the diet of edible insects (which contain large amounts of calcium, iron, zinc, protein, and more).

That’s something I plan to explore further for Entoveganism in general.

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I’m still working on refining these ideas, and getting feedback from many people, some who are supportive and some who are quite skeptical. Which is great.

I myself am still a bit skeptical, and even though I’ve eaten organic and “healthy” for most of my adult life, I’ve always shunned the idea of eating raw or vegan, thinking it’d make me a wiry weakling.

After several months though of eating an ENTOvegan diet rich in edible insects, I’m feeling better than ever and just as strong. I’m now beginning to transition from skeptic trying to prove the diet wrong, to total acceptance that eating a plant-based diet boosted with extra nutrition, minerals, and protein from insects is really the way to go.

For more info on Entomophagy visit entomophagy.org.