Many people are diagnosed with a health issue by their physician and really are shocked because in their mind they are eating a healthy diet....until we start to go over exactly what they are eating. Don't get me wrong, some people are eating much healthier than others, BUT, if one's goal is to be eating TRULY HEALTHY in order to prevent disease from starting, or stop whatever disease they may have, there has to be a DRASTIC dietary change.
I say 'drastic' because to most people it will seem that way. Personally, I became a "vegetarian" five years ago...then it took me another three months to stay away from all dairy products which would put me in the "vegan" category. However, I really don't like using the terms vegetarian or vegan because they only tell me what the person is not eating, (meat and poultry for the vegetarian, meat and dairy for the vegan), these terms do not tell us all the foods we are eating. As I have mentioned before, a person could drink Coke and eat french fries and still fall under the category of following a 'vegan diet'. Therefore, a Whole Food Plant Based diet is a much more precise way of stating what 'type' of diet I am following....I eat whole foods---foods that come straight from nature....plant based--foods that come from plants....so what this means is I eat a HUGE variety of vegetables, fruits, and beans....I eat as much as I want without counting calories, carbs, fats, etc.
Now, this is a completely different way of eating for many, many people. Trying to eliminate ALL animal products from your diet seems like an impossible task....but it truly is NOT. Your taste buds will absolutely CHANGE and after awhile, you will no longer WANT to eat animal products. I know this sounds CRAZY to many people, but I am telling you after abstaining from animal products, not only will you actually FEEL BETTER, but you will LOSE any cravings you may have for animal products. I'm not saying this will happen overnight because it won't, BUT it will happen!
If you have a health issue you would like to eradicate, or if you are trying to prevent disease from even starting, IT CAN BE DONE!! However, it does mean eliminating ALL animal products from your diet as well as all artificial processed foods ...foods that come with ingredient labels with ingredients we cannot pronounce let alone know what they are. Foods that come straight from nature, no ingredient labels attached, are the BEST foods for preventing disease and stopping disease in it's tracks!
People that want to make REAL CHANGES in their health will either dive right into this lifestyle change, others need to take baby steps to reach their goal. It doesn't matter what route a person chooses, what matters is they are MAKING changes. It really is not "hard" to do....but it will take some planning and preparation as I have stated in prior blogs. There are so many websites available with GREAT recipes to try....this way of eating is not HARD, it is just DIFFERENT...but it can be just as delicious and satisfying as your current diet....but the difference is, by eating a Whole Food Plant Based diet, you will be PROMOTING HEALTH not disease.
Start making changes today....try some type of beans....chickpeas, lentils, red beans, white beans, or black beans. If you never had them before, try buying a few cans of them, (I personally buy the dry beans in bags and make my own, but this will come in time), drain and rinse them well to get the sodium off of them. You could make a bean salad with a few different types of beans, mixed with some chopped vegetables like cucumbers, onions, peppers, tomatoes, corn, etc....whatever you have on hand...and maybe pour some kind of balsamic vinegar over it, or whatever dressing you may like, (just read that ingredient list......the fewer ingredients the better!), and you will have a really healthy dish.
This lifestyle is the optimal path for health...no other way of eating will give you all the benefits you will get from eating a Whole Food Plant Based diet. You can literally turn your health around by eating this way....not to mention, your energy will soar AND the "side effect" from eating this way is WEIGHT LOSS without even trying!!
Eating a Whole Food Plant Based diet really is THE ONLY DIET that has been SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN to prevent disease and or stop disease in it's tracks.....now that doesn't sound too drastic to me........