The hashtag that I use on Twitter is #EatMorePlants.
A lot of people say that going plant-based or vegan for health reasons is a big leap.
Really? A big leap?
- What a bigger leap than taking medications like statins daily for the rest of your life?
- A big leap compared to a lifetime of diabetes?
- A big leap compared to cancer treatments that ravage the body?
I believe that food is our medicine and that we can radically improve our health. I know this not because my yoga teacher told me or from advice from someone down the pub. I know this for myself. I have seen and felt the changes in my body.
I’m still a “work in progress” but I know from my shrinking waistline, my increased energy and my remarkable change in my performance at the gym.
But, is it a case of “all or nothing”? For me, it was a conscious choice to change my diet to eating a 95-98% plant-based diet in order to redress much of the harm that years of both overeating and poor food choices had caused.
For each of us, what we eat and how we fuel our bodies is a personal choice. I do not for one moment presume to tell anyone what they should or should not eat. What I do is to share my experience and knowledge and leave people to make up their own choice. I am often asked for advice. The best advice that I can give is to find something that works for you and that you feel comfortable with. I am happy to help and support anyone regardless of their diet or beliefs around food.
Eating more plants for me is something that I believe in, based on what I have learned. There is a strong body of evidence that eating a no added fat, whole-food, plant-based diet can not only prevent but reverse a number of chronic diseases. I would rather choose to do this then take pills for the rest of my life. I’m not perfect in my food choices, I love the occasional cake or plate of chips, but I am doing the best I can. I’m sure that if I were more diligent about my food choices especially when eating away from home that I would weigh less than I do now. It is my choice to eat as I do, knowing that for every choice I make there is a repercussion. The food I consume either contributes to improving my health and well-being or not.
So what are you prepared to do for the sake of your own health?
I am not suggesting that you go plant-based overnight, but that you consider a few changes that you could make in order to “test the waters”. I’ve found that when I consistently eat what I consider to be “clean” food that I feel better, brighter, happier, my skin glows and I have lots of energy. It is not “rocket science” or even “rocket salad” its basic chemistry, our body is a sophisticated machine and reacts and performs based on what we choose to fuel it with. Think of fueling your car with waste oil, what’s the likely result?
So how about trying to see what challenges you could make to improve your health and well-being?
Here’s an idea that I came up with the other day – The 2/3rd-1/3rd plan.
The 2/3rd-1/3rd plan is an easy way to achieve change in your diet.
Monday to Friday you eat a 2/3rd’s plant-based diet where you have a plant-based breakfast, such as a smoothie or fruit, or oats etc., a huge veggie salad for lunch (or dinner) and your regular dinner (or lunch) and do that for 5 days a week?
At weekends you eat a 1/3rd plant-based diet where only 1 meal per day is plant-based – most people find the easiest one to be breakfast, but switch it around to suit you.
Over the course of 4 weeks you will have eaten a plant-based diet for almost 16 days out of 28 in total! It’s that easy.
There are lots of materials on the site to support you, such as the recipes, the free Plantalicious 3 Day Challenge e-book, which you can download here – http://www.plantalicious.com/buy-the-plantalicious-ebook/ or browse the shop for other supporting materials http://www.plantalicious.com/shop/
Please let me know how you are getting on and share your experience with me and with others.
And remember – #EatMorePlants!!!