At Christmastime I was feeling the effects of too many sweets and rich foods. I told myself after the New Year I was going to get back to eating healthy foods and lose the few pounds I’d packed on in recent months. I made it to December 26th and said “Enough!”
I started back to my healthier eating and was quickly derailed with a nice head cold. After a week I was back to it. I’ve always thought I was a healthy eater, except for my nagging sweet tooth. I’m not overweight and I do manage to maintain my weight pretty well, most of the time. Like most, I do struggle a bit between Halloween and New Years.
After my visit to the doctor last month I read the information I’d been given, did a lot of research and explored all my options. It is fair to say that for about two weeks I was consumed with research. I discovered that the best option for my particular situation was to take a dietary approach.
I decided to change my food consumption to a predominantly plant based diet. There is a lot of science to back this approach up and, to me, it just made sense. I eat very little meat, dairy, rice, pasta or bread and fill my plate with a lot of fresh raw fruits and vegetables.
I am rethinking pretty much everything and am in the process of re-outfitting my pantry. I want to:
· Change the fats we use to olive oil, coconut oil and peanut oil.
· Focus more on whole grains, legumes and lentils.
· Significantly reduce our consumption of animal based products.
· Improve the quality of our foods and pay closer attention to where they come from.
· Steer clear of modified and genetically enhanced “food”.
· Make even more homemade items so I know exactly what is in my food.
It didn’t start out easy. The first 2½ to 3 weeks were tough. I didn’t feel good (as I realized later that my body was in detox mode) and I really wanted chocolate and cookies. But now I feel so much better. I’ve had a significant reduction in my symptoms and my energy level is back to normal.
I got online and watch some videos on Hulu.com that really helped me better understand what I need to do and how to go about it. Plus they explained the science behind it so I’d have a much better understanding of “Why”. I’m one of these people that needs to know the “Why” of something before I am willing hop on board.
The videos I watched are called:
1. Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead
2. Forks Over Knives
3. Chow Down
I am motivated to keep going and to see what my doctor thinks when I go back in a couple of months. I think he’ll be pleasantly surprised. I already am!