Plant Based Living


Hello to another beautiful day!

Carrots Tomatoes Vegetables and Other Fruits

This week I want to talk about health. Specifically what we eat. Because we are what we eat. If we are feeding our bodies chemicals and not real nutritious food then it’s going to be difficult to have a balanced life.

It all starts from within.

It is a hard topic when it’s brought up about not eating meat or diary. Usually it goes something like: “I’ve been doing this my whole life”. “It would be too hard to change”. “How could I do something that seems not normal”? Well… from what i’ve learned you don’t know unless you try. Honestly, my husband and I thought it would be difficult but then a couple weeks went by, and then a couple months and now it’s been over a year and we are never looking back!

I used to sleep more than 12 hours a day if I could (with college and work sometimes I couldn’t) but when I set my alarm at night and it would say I would get 11 or less hours of sleep I was upset that I wouldn’t have enough energy for the next day. Even with 12 or more hours I was still taking 4 hour naps most days.

I don’t take naps now. I don’t need to sleep half of my life away anymore. It upsets me that I could let myself get to such an unhealthy state but all that matters is that I try everyday to become better and know I am fighting for the best in myself.

A healing journey never ends.

I will always be looking to find healthier options and what will work to make myself the best I can be.

A couple documentaries that are a good watch and got us started on our health journey are: Forks Over Knives, Cowspiracy, Earthlings, Hungry for Change and many others that you can find. There is a lot of great information from each of these. A fact I learned from watching Cowspiracy is: “Even without fossil fuels, we will exceed our 565 gigatonnes CO2e limit by 2030, all from raising animals” (Oppenlander, 2013). Something I learned from Forks Over Knives is: “Two acres of rainforest are cleared each minute to raise cattle or crops to feed them and 35,000 miles of American rivers are polluted with animal waste” (Simon, 2014). In Hungry for Change it talks about how: “MSG and free glutamates are used to enhance the flavour in about 80% of all processed foods, in both restaurants and grocery stores. They can be hidden behind over 50 different names, e.g. hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed soy protein, maltodextrin, whey protein concentrate, etc” (Cheap-Health-Revolution). These are a couple of things that just touch the surface on how much what we eat is important to not only our health but the planet. All of the information can seem overwhelming but with a positive attitude and a step in the right direction you will be setting yourself up for success and it will make you feel accomplished and empowered.

The benefits of going plant based are worth every second. Your body will reward you when it is given the right foods. It just feels right and the drive to keep feeling happier and healthier never ends! There is always something to learn and that is why we can all obtain valuable information from the people around us!

Let me know if you have any questions or need help getting started, I’m more than happy to share my experiences and findings!

| Always with love |

 


Works Cited

Hungry for Change Documentary. Cheap Health Revolution. 2012, Web.

Oppenlander, Richard A. Food Choice and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less      Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work. Minneapolis, MN : Langdon Street, 2013. Print.

Simon, David. 10 Things I Wish All Americans Knew About the Meat and Dairy Industries. Sept. 30, 2014. Web.

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