I haven't talked much about it here, but I've been toying around with the idea of plant-based eating this year after having read The China Study, which claims (and is backed by mountains of research and clinical success) that animal protein is the cause of many of our biggest health problems today (heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, etc.) and that eating a whole foods, plant-based diet is the solution.
It is hard to say I'm going to give up animal products and processed foods forever, but it's easy to say I'll do it for a week, so I'm doing it for a week at a time. This is take two: I did it for several weeks earlier this year but had to stop due to the food prep being overwhelming with the new baby. It seems easier this time around: the baby is older, I've recovered better, and I've had more practice.
Thoughts from week three of this round of plant-based eating:
- Saffron costs $17 for one teaspoon? Not going to happen.
- There is so much amazing food you can make from plants.
- My shopping list is divided into 15 sections according to the aisles where items are found. I had to divide the produce section into four more sections because I kept losing track of fruits and veggies.
- I feel really full after a good meal.
- I feel more alert in the mornings.
- I will never give up sour cream on my baked potatoes.
- I kind of miss sugar, but I feel so much better without it.
- My pants are falling down.