(I’ll wait while you sit down.)
Two weeks ago, my husband and I decided to adopt a whole foods, plant based diet. Which means no meat or dairy, and mainly whole vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and fruit. Lately, the documentation and publicity has been absolutely running rampant, so we decided to research it for ourselves. I use the term “research” loosely, meaning that we watch a bunch of documentaries and Googled our way to a conclusion that we’ve always sort of known.
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
We saw the documentary Forks Over Knives, which is a very convincing take on why eating mostly plants can literally reverse aging and lead to a longer life. After watching a few more documentaries including Food Inc., reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and even Skinny Bitch, we decided that eating meat and dairy wasn’t for us. Not only that, but as we get used to this diet, we plan to keep our food choices local, in season, and sustainable.
My husband has had four heart attacks, and currently has heart disease and a very long list of other things wrong with him that won’t benefit from a steak and eggs diet. Luckily, he LOVES tofu, and is completely on board. He actually looks like he has lost 20lbs!
The first week I didn’t have meat, dairy, eggs, butter – or any other animal products. The second week I made it without meat, but did eat some dairy because we were traveling. I felt GREAT and my skin was honestly what looked the best. However, I did get physically hungry…a LOT. In fact, I just ate a vegan Indian dinner, and my stomach is growling. I feel like I could eat a plate of chicken nachos! Aside from the fact that it would upset my stomach horribly, I also read that it takes some getting used to. So I’m willing to keep at it.
If you’ve ever been even remotely curious about how eating plants can help you live longer, JUST DO IT. You’ll never feed your child a Twinkie again. Nor will you fill their sugar-laden cereal bowls with cow’s milk. (Seriously, think about the fact that we grow up on the milk of a completely different species. It’s weird.) I’m sure that at some point I will have some meat or dairy again, just like anyone does when they try to eliminate foods they love from their diet. But honestly, if we can eat 90% healthy, and only 10% indulgences…imagine how much healthier we will ALL be!