Converting to a Plant-Based Diet

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I’m always trying new things in the world of health and wellness.  Some things stick and I continue to eat/do them on a regular basis and some turn out to be novelties that just last a short time.  Well, I have a feeling that this is becoming a lifestyle change that is sticking.

Last month, hubby and I watched the documentary Forks Over Knives and had dinner with friends (one is a cardiologist) who had already been on the plant-based diet the movie recommends.  After reading more on the diet and critics of the movie, we came to our own conclusion to give it a shot – but also allow for an occasional bit of oil or yogurt as needed.  My philosophy is that by allowing some leniency, you won’t restrict yourself to the point of falling off the wagon in a big, unhealthy way.  Plus, we’re young, no heart disease that we’re trying to reverse, etc.  My motto = Baby steps, people.

With that said, we’ve been on our plant-based diet for about 2 weeks and feel wonderful.  Let me be more specific. In just 2 weeks:

  • Hubby has lost 4 lbs, slight belly is disappearing fast. He has more energy and is sleeping better.
  • My skin looks better (no more breakouts), I’m feeling fuller at meals (thus eating less) and my sugar cravings have dramatically decreased.  And no more sinus trouble.
  • I also have more energy and sleep like a rock.

I will say that my digestive system is adjusting and with that, comes a bit more…gas.  But, I’m assured that that gets better over time.

First, if this interests you, see the documentary Forks over Knives.  It’s on Netflix and likely at your local library.  Watch the movie with your partner/spouse/family as seeing is believing…I was so grateful that my hubby watched it with me which got him on board quickly.  It’s very powerful to see these people improve their health so dramatically.

Next, if you decide to do this, you’re going to need help.  Here are several resources that have already proven to be a great help to me:

Happy Herbivore:  I purchased Lindsay’s latest book Everyday Happy Herbivore and have already found 4 go-to recipes that we both love. And, I can’t put the book down… recipes are simple and easy to prepare in 30 minutes or less.  Note: We only have product links on this site for products that we use. If you click on the link below and purchase the book here, we’ll get a few pennies to help support this site.

Engine 2:  This is the same firehouse featured in the documentary… great resource for “plantstrong” recipes… I especially love their one-dish meals which make it easy to cook every few days and live on the leftovers.

I also have found yummy-looking recipes that are on my list to try but haven’t had a chance yet at FatFreeVegan.

Well…some of you may be thinking – what? 100% plant-based?  No meat, no dairy, no oil?  And it feels like it’s impossible.  How can we possibly get enough protein?  Well… plants and grains have protein…I’d encourage you to check out these resources – Forks Over Knives and the Engine 2 site and learn more.  Educate yourself and consider taking a baby step or two forward for your health.

I’m so glad we took the first step on this journey.

 

2 Responses to Converting to a Plant-Based Diet

  1. Yay! So glad it’s working for you! I got a lot of good ideas from The Thrive Diet (especially for sports nutrition): http://www.amazon.com/Thrive-Diet-Paperback-Brendan-Brazier/dp/B000P0RCS8
    And these ladies RULE: http://www.theppk.com/books/ (Especially good at plant-based comfort food recipes, but plenty of healthy stuff in there, too.)

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