People that are now eating a Whole Food Plant Based Diet, report that their: Weight dropped, eyesight became better, healed faster, came off medications, rarely get sick, blood pressure/cholesterol/blood sugars returned to normal, do not need any "vitamin supplements", sleep better, has much more energy, acne disappeared, headaches are gone, allergies cleared up, etc., etc., etc.
This way of eating is not just for weight loss. The health benefits you get from nutrition are nothing short of miraculous. When you give your body what it needs, it will heal itself. This is my favorite mantra as I have personally experienced this as well as I have witnessed so many others experience the samething...you will have optimal health by eating the right foods...It's as simple as that!
For those of you who haven't really "started" eating this way, if you don't want to "jump" in with both feet at once you don't have to. You can start ONE-DAY-AT-A TIME: Just start eating foods from the plant kingdom for one day's meals and snacks. Don't worry about an upcoming wedding in June or your summer barbecues. Today you will eat plant based foods. If you fall off the wagon, so what. A new day can start at any time.
Another way to start this is: THE-ONE-THING-AT-A-TIME PLAN: Cut out certain animal products one at a time. For instance, cut out red meat first, then other meat, then fish, then eggs, and then finally dairy. For most people, including myself, dairy was the "hardest" to give up. But, once I did, and when you learn why dairy is so bad for you, I never looked back. Again, the benefits of not eating dairy are astonishing.
A third way option is called: THE VEGAN AT HOME PLAN. This means that you'll learn the basics, get some recipes, stock up on plant-based foods in your own home and you decide what animal products you will want to keep as "fall-backs" for when you're out. For instance, you may want to have fish when you are out sometimes, and cream in your coffee at a restaurant. Personally, I wouldn't encourage this particular plan because it "allows" you to continue to eat animal products. I find once you completely give up animal products and follow a plan for 30 days, it's much easier than flip flopping back and forth.
You may also want to just give up meat at first and continue with dairy products for awhile. That's fine also....sometimes baby steps are the best way for people to transition to this way of eating. Whatever works for you is the plan you should try. No matter how you start, just starting will be so much healthier than the way you are eating right now!
OK, so Day 17 menu:
Breakfast: Cornmeal porridge (Try it you might like it)
Lunch: Chinese cuisine
Snack: Lettuce wraps
Dinner: Pumpkin and tomato soup with steamed eggplant and garlic over brown rice
Don't like the menu today? Choose some other recipe from either this website or another site. Try the allrecipes website, they have loads of plant based recipes. For the above recipes, go to The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart Challange website.
So, remember to drink that water...you should have downed a glass first thing this morning...get 30 minutes of some kind of exercise, and try a new recipe!! Again, any concerns, comments, questions, please email me...I would love to hear from you!