In a recent post, I explained how raw/whole foods make a difference in my diet. Although I have practiced eating pretty clean for the most part, I haven’t been fully committed and sporadic slips have had me feeling like crap later. While I don’t necessarily endorse a plant-based diet, I certainly believe that it has more lifestyle benefits than most realize or want to admit. At first, these changes require sacrifice, but after some time they are second nature and our bodies become detoxified making non-whole foods distastefull.
Physical Impact of a Plant Based Diet
I think of it like this: A flower lives on water, sunlight and carbon-dioxide. If the flower’s water was diluted, its sunlight was filtered, and its carbon-dioxide was manufactured, what would happen to the flower? Now think of your body as that flower. Here is a lovely illustration…
Im not sure if it’s a symptom of trend or if Americans are actually understanding the effects of eating crap, but it’s getting increasingly easy to find farm-to-table restaurants, order vegetarian or vegan meals and/or request a GF menu. Still, I believe the biggest difference is made in our daily routines and habits. Above I shared a list of groceries I commonly buy – perhaps you’re surprised at how uncomplicated it is? Until recently, this list was mostly supplemented with eggs, turkey, chicken breast, tilapia, shrimp and some cheese.
Making a Transition
In order to experience the full effects of a plant-based diet, I am trying alternative snacks, seasonings and proteins, all of which are inexpensive and found at most grocery stores. I anticipated these things tasting like a sacrifice, but from what I have tried, they are anything but that (meatless meatballs actually taste like meatballs). I will be sharing posts about new products we are trying, as well as raw/whole food recipes for easy transitioning like: smoothies, snacks, easy meals and cooking hacks.