Disclaimer: I am not an expert on this topic or claim to have all the answers. I am just sharing my experience thus far.
Okay, so it technically hasn’t been a month…sue me
My journey with plant-based eating began several years ago. After watching a documentary in college I had a brief stint of eating “vegan”. I put it in quotes because I told myself I was trying, but in reality I would make meals that I thought were vegan and binge eat taco bell on the weekends.
Needless to say, my trial with veganism did not last long.
This brings us to now.
On the last night of our honeymoon in Jamaica I was poisoned…..by a calzone.
Once we returned home I decided I wanted to make some changes to my lifestyle that would better my health and well being.
I watched a documentary, read a book, and decided that I was going to give plant based eating another try.
The whole mystery-meat-trying-to-kill-me thing made the transition easier.
So what is “plant-based eating” you ask???
Let me tell you!!!
“A whole-food, plant-based diet is centered on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. It’s a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.” -Forksoverknives.com
So basically, you can eat anything that does not come from an animal source…no meat, no dairy, and no eggs.
Why would someone do this to themselves?????
Many reasons, you will find mine listed below in order of importance.
- Health Reasons: Following a plant-based diet leads to lower risk of cancer, heart disease, and other autoimmune diseases. For more on this check out the book The China Study and the documentary Forks over Knives.
- Environmental Reasons: Factory farming contributes to water contamination, air pollution, deforestation, and climate change. I believe it’s the leading cause of damage to our planet, yet it isn’t talked about. For more on this check out the documentaries Cowspiracy and Food Choices
- The Animals. The more I learn, the less I can ignore. I would encourage everyone to be aware of where their food comes from.
At this point, based on what I have learned I cannot go back to eating the way I was. I don’t know how long this will last–I can’t think about it as a lifetime. I’m just taking it one day at a time.
I will say that I have seen an overall improvement in my energy levels since starting this journey and that makes it worth it to me. I no longer feel exhausted after work or sluggish in the mornings.
So what do you eat then???
I’ve been keeping it pretty simple for the first two meals of the day. For breakfast I typically have oatmeal with fruit or avocado toast. For lunch, a quinoa salad, veggies, and fruit. I have tried a number of great recipes for dinner that even my meat-loving husband has enjoyed. Some of my favorites are listed below.
- Veggies and Lentils in Peanut Sauce
- Southwest Quinoa Power Bowl– technically honey is not vegan FYI
- Baked Vegan Taquitos
- Sundried Tomato and Avocado Pasta
I am still able to eat the foods I love, they just might look a little different now.
Even if you know this way of eating is not for you, I would encourage you to do some research and have an open mind.
I’m still not crazy about the term “vegan”. I feel that it has a lot of negative connotations associated with it. I also don’t feel comfortable giving myself a label before fully understanding what it is all about. For now, I’ll stick with “plant-based foodie”.
I hope that you follow along with this new journey that I’m on. Thanks for the support.