In September, our family decided it was time to change the way we eat. Through lots of research and talking with a family friend (who is also a nurse/nutritionist/personal trainer and many other things), we decided to switch to plant-based, nutrient dense eating. Even the most staunch carnivore cannot deny that the way we eat in America is not adding anything our health, especially to that of our children. I hate to say that we are "vegan" simply because it tends to have a negative connotation, and truly, you can be vegan and not eat healthy foods. We eat mostly fruit, vegetables, nuts, beans, and healthy grains. Now, occasionally we give in to our desire to eat a hamburger or grab some ice-cream, but that is a small part of our diet.
We are doing this mainly because we want our family to be healthy. The links between animal proteins and cancer are documented. Obesity, especially in children, is on the rise. And God provided everything we need to eat in nature. Let's be real. As much as I love a handful of m&ms, they don't exactly grow on trees.
However, one startling (albeit expected) benefit of eating this plant-based, nutrient-rich diet has been weightloss. My husband has lost 48 pounds and I have lost 38 (so far). Its awesome!
If you want to talk to me a little more about what we eat, or even why, just let me know. I am happy to chat with you. I have had several friends and family members start their healthy new journey in the last month. Its worth it!
I HIGHLY recommend reading Eat to Live by Joel Furhman or The China Study .
And, if you have access to Netflix, check out the documentary Forks Over Knives.
Let Them Eat Vegan by Dreena Burton
The Everyday Happy Herbivore by Lindsay Nixon
(strict dieting recipes included in Eat to Live)
I am going to periodically post recipes also that I try that are delicious, so keep an eye out!