Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Bryan's on Spring Break right now, so we're out in Virginia visiting his family. I could write an entire post on how grateful I am that Bryan actually has Spring Break now (boo to BYU for loving EFY kids more than Spring Break), but that's not what this post is about.
Since the moment we arrived here last week, my mother-in-law has been telling us all about the way she's been eating vegan for the past couple months. It all started when she watched Forks Over Knives on Netflix, studied up on it all some more, and made the switch. So now she (mostly--having family visiting tends to ruin any good healthy eating plan) eats a "whole foods, plant-based diet."
Ever since I fully recovered from my miscarriage back in January, I've been trying to change my lifestyle to be healthy all around, rather than dieting and/or exercising in spurts. So even before we started hearing the "whole foods, plant-based diet" preached from the rooftops around here, it was really something I was already trying to do on my own. But I constantly found myself feeling like I sort of knew which foods were good and bad, but not really knowing.
Last night Bryan and I watched Forks Over Knives and I had already started reading The China Study the day before. So far the film (it's a documentary, not an infomercial, in case you were wondering) and what I've read in the book so far has really rung true for me. It's one thing to encounter a fad diet and make a complete overhaul on your life on a whim. But, like I said before, this was basically something I was trying to do anyway. And I think calling it a fad diet would be inaccurate. Eating whole foods and lots of plants is something people have been doing from the beginning.
Anyway, the basic premise is that instead of eating a typical American diet (which I think we can all agree is not leading the way to good health) eating a "whole foods, plant-based diet" means eating things like fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. This also means cutting out dairy, eggs, and other animal products like meat.
I won't go into most of the science and details since I definitely don't feel like an expert on the subject, but, from the research that has been done, cutting out animal products can prevent (and even reverse) heart problems, diabetes, cancer, and other diseases and help you live a healthier life all around. I've known enough people in my life who got cancer "for no apparent reason" and both of my paternal grandparents had diabetes, so the idea that I could eat healthier, feel better, and stay away from these lethal diseases really hit home for me.
Anyway, I haven't gone full-blown hard core vegan yet. But I am very seriously thinking about it.
P.S. I've started a vegan board on Pinterest. All of the things there are either recipes that are already vegan or that could easily be altered to be vegan. If you have other great yummy vegan recipes, I'd love to hear about them!
Posted by Katie Lewis at 9:35 AM