After I got out of the hospital this last time (a second round of multiple hernias and intestinal obstructions plus diverticulitis), I took quite a while to recover enough for everything to return to normal. I quit eating meat because that seemed to be stressful for my digestive system and I was struggling with a loss of appetite. I wanted to (and needed to) lose weight, but I knew that not eating wasn’t a good option.
I found that I didn’t miss meat all that much…except for maybe bacon.
I didn’t set out to become a vegetarian. I definitely didn’t plan on becoming a vegan. I didn’t even know what the term “whole food, plant based diet” meant.
It just sort of started and didn’t stop.
Then one night when hubby was working late and I couldn’t find anything good to watch on Netflix, I happened upon the documentary section and started browsing…
I don’t remember which one I watched first, but here’s a list of what I’ve watched so far:
- Forks over Knives
- What the Health
- In Defense of Food
- Plant Pure Nation
- Food Choices
- Food, Inc.
- Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 1 & 2
- Fed Up
- Super Size Me
- Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue
Most of these were watched while walking on the treadmill. I found them to be very motivational!
Some of them seemed a wee bit crazy at first. A very radical step away from cultural norms. A lot of that seems more normal now that I’ve embraced this journey. Some of them are still too crazy for me.
I’m also currently reading (and using recipes from):
I’ve noticed some benefits other than health related ones so far…
Dishes are much easier when you aren’t cooking with animal based products and extra oils! They pretty much just rinse clean.
The chickens and rabbit are very happy and well fed and the compost pile is filling up nicely.
And the amount of trash we are producing is significantly less. We are recycling more efficiently and there is little that actually goes to waste.
Grocery shopping was harder the first couple of times we went after starting this. Label reading took on a whole new meaning and many previously favorite items were reluctantly placed back on the shelf. Then it became a sort of treasure hunt as we would read labels in the store and joyfully shout out, “We can eat this!” or “I found something!”.
Even though we thought we were pretty savvy shoppers, I was totally caught off guard at the amount of sugar (in various forms) that can be found in almost everything! And how many ingredients does it really take to make bread, cereal or salad dressing?
Now the majority of our shopping is done in the produce section. We shop for a rainbow of colors and I know words like phytochemicals and lycopene.
Our spice collection is growing beyond salt, pepper and garlic. We still don’t like curry, but we’ll try it again at some point because our taste buds are slowly reawakening to natural flavors. Smoothies with just fruit now taste too sweet to me and are reserved for dessert status. Our added salt intake is greatly reduced.
I miss butter…on toast and potatoes and well, everything. But, I don’t miss it as much as I did three weeks ago. I’m sure my arteries don’t miss it at all.
This is challenging.
I think my mind is starting to wake up a bit as I pursue more knowledge about my food, my body and my health.
Good food for the body and the mind.
Steps in the right direction on this journey…