30 Days Later

30 Days After Going VeganIt’s hard to believe it’s been a month! It’s now been thirty days on our new diet and I think we’re now at the point where this is just how it is, and this is our new normal. Switching to a Whole Food Plant Based Diet for us was pretty darn easy. It was roughly two years ago when we stopped eating sugar and processed foods, and went to a Whole Food diet so this time the swap was relatively easy – at least after the first few days! Once we figured out how to combine food better to avoid blood sugar swings and stave off feelings of starvation it’s been pretty simple.

5 years ago I felt forced into giving up my Vegetarian identity. Really, at the time, it had been ten years for me as a Vegetarian, and it felt like a part of my soul was shattering. I didn’t agree with it, I just felt like I had to – and the story and reasons why are way too long to write here. Let’s just say that now 5 years later, if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have had to do that. I’m now better equipped to deal with Gastroparesis as a Vegan, but I sure didn’t have the tools or resources back then. But, life is all about life-long learning and new experiences and I know more now, and I can’t let myself feel bad about what I thought I needed to do. That was then, this is now.

At this point, our household is now Vegan-friendly, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Our health will be better for it, and on top of everything, I can really and truly feel good about the food choices we are making. When researching diet and health, especially when learning about a Plant Based Diet, you can’t help but also learn more about conventional factory farming methods, and the materials that come from that world that end up on clothing racks (such as leather, wool, and other animal-sourced products).

When I became a Vegetarian in my early twenties, I continued purchasing animal-sourced products because I wasn’t too fond of the alternatives at the time. I did often consider my purchases and weigh decisions more heavily if what I was purchasing had come from an animal. At this point in my life, that is too far of a mental disconnect for my mind to make, and there are so many alternatives to products I would previously have considered purchasing that it’s a very easy decision.

This last month has been very full. I didn’t pick up my camera the entire time, which is the longest stretch I’ve gone in years. It felt like it was finally time to share some of what’s been on my mind…

By the way, there’s another reason I picked up my camera today. I wanted a photo documentation of some of the changes that I’ve noticed, such as… my complexion. The photo at the top of this post is me – without any makeup. Of course, if you know me, you know I rarely wear makeup anyway… but I often add a tiny bit if I know I’m going to be photographed. I’ve been harassed my entire life about how pale I am, but people who know me, care about me, and strangers. It seems everyone has an opinion and they’re never shy to share it! Well you know what? I’m less pale now! About two weeks after making the switch to a Vegan diet, I did a double take one day as I passed a mirror. I’m not as pale anymore! No, it’s not like I look tan or anything, I just look… healthier! I had heard that could happen, but I didn’t believe it. So there ‘ya go. A #nofilter view of me 🙂

What Do We Say to Death?

If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones (the books or the show), you know the answer to this.

That’s right. Not today.

A few days ago I was in the mood to watch a documentary… so we ended up watching Fed Up via Netflix. It was quite the eye opener. Due to a lot of dietary restrictions, we already avoid processed foods so this didn’t turn into an immediate call-to-action in our home, but it was still quite enlightening and I recommend the video to anyone who is interested in making healthy food choices.

Last night I was in the mood for another documentary, and this time, we went with Forks Over Knives. Oh. My. Oh. No. What did I just unleash on my family? Knowledge is power, and the knowledge about healthy eating has been out (and heavily studied) for more than thirty years. The documentary is excellent, and was earth-shattering for us. Earth. Shattering.

If you have Netflix, definitely give these two documentaries a go… they are very well worth watching. And if you do not have Netflix, here is a related video freely available to watch on YouTube: Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death – presented by Michael Greger, MD. This presentation is an hour long, but it is a must-watch. If nothing else, give it a chance for the first ten minutes and see what you think.

In relation to these documentaries, I am now reading The China Study which is referenced often during Forks Over Knives. If you’d like to check this out, it’s available to read via Scribd (click here for a free 2 month trial).

Have you seen Forks Over Knives or read The China StudyWhat do you think about the information you learned?