Like many women, I’ve been riding the diet rollercoaster. You know the one….up, down and repeat. Sometimes there are screams, or pure horror, and sometimes it rewards and brings thrills. It’s not boring, that’s for sure.
For the last 6 years, I have been focusing on health. Remember the roller coaster I mentioned? Well, that includes the last six years too. Although those years have had their ups and downs, I have learned a lot about food and nutrition.
It all started when I read The China Study in January of 2010. Actually the seed was planted WAY back in the early 1990’s after reading Diet for a New America by John Robbins, but that’s another story…too early in the journey to go into.
After reading The China Study, I was convinced that a whole-foods, plant-based (WFPB) diet was the path to optimal health. I still believe it. The only problem was that I couldn’t seem to pull it off right away. I went 6 months eating this way, and I didn’t know a lot about how to eat in a way that was tasty and varied. Then, the ups and downs began, for a great variety of reasons that I won’t get into here.
No matter what happened, I ALWAYS came back to seeing WFPB eating as the way to go. This means no processed foods (which includes no added oils or sugars). For me, this also means eating a diet low in fat. Although there are many delicious good fats (nuts, seeds, avocados, olives), I want to go very easy on them because I am still on my journey, of losing weight and getting healthy.
I would like to clarify, that I do NOT proclaim myself to be a vegan. A vegan is someone who avoids eating animal-based food, but they also are committed to avoiding using any products that contain anything from an animal (leather, clothing, body products etc.) or that use animals (products tested on animals).
In fact, I don’t really like labels at all. I do NOT call myself a vegetarian either (well, sometimes, when it makes things easier). Maybe I am a plantarian. I like that better. I have referred to myself as a flexitarian, when I have been off track and fallen back to the seductive lure of cheese or some other such food.
Most recently, I have become much more aware of, and sensitive to, the plight of animals. How pigs, cows, chickens, sheep, etc. are treated by, what can hardly be called, “humans” is appalling and grotesque. It is not necessary to eat or use animals to have a healthy mind and body. We survive quite beautifully on plants. At this stage, I am becoming closer to becoming a vegan because my heart and values are beginning to align with the vegan philosophy.
My goal is to live a lifestyle that is WFPB and that includes a balance of exercise, good sleep and plenty of love. The result of living this lifestyle is that I will be healthy, fit and happy.
Above all, this is a journey. I began this blog in August, 2013.
I am learning. I am not an expert. I am making progress, which is all that counts.
My goal for this blog is to create some accountability for my beliefs and actions and to share and connect with other people seeking health and ultimately, wanting to jump off the rollercoaster of unhealthy living.
Based on my thoughts and ideas related to food, nutrition, exercise and life, to the thinking of others/experts, and from winging it in the kitchen to following new recipes, you may find something that helps you with your journey.
Wishing you luck on your own unique journey to health.
Updated February 20, 2017