I watched a few Netflix movies and Documentaries over the weekend and I was inspired to change my diet. I did some research at work Sunday night/Monday morning, put together a grocery list, and went shopping when I got off work.
As of last night I have started to incorporate more of a plant based diet. I’m somewhat easing into this. I’m not sure I’m ready to be vegan, nor am I sure I will ever be ready to be vegan. Not that I eat a lot of meat the way it is, but I’m not sure I’m ready to part with cheese quite yet.
I read that eating a plant based diet can be beneficial to our health in so many ways. Aside from the obvious ways of reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses. Eating a plant based diet can reduce depression, body aches, help with menopausal symptoms, provide more energy, and the list goes on! The only nutritional supplement that would NEED to be taken would be vitamin B12 as it is not in any plant based food. However you could get it from fortified milk, silk, almond milk, some cereals are fortified with B12. There are options, other than meat, which is our normal means of obtaining B12. However, if you’re going to be strict about a plant based diet, then you’ll have to go with a supplement rather than fortified foods/beverages. B12 is super important so be sure you are getting it from somewhere.
There are a ton of websites and organizations you can google and get info from. But be sure you are getting credible information. I tend to stay away from “wiki” sites and “webmd”. With Wiki you have no idea who or where the information comes from. WebMD will you have you dying by the end of the article from some unknown or rare disease that you may have contracted back in elementary school when you had a hangnail that may or may not have come in contact with your glue stick. So, I tend to avoid both of those. I like scholarly articles, I trust Mayo clinic info, the Living Strong website has some info regarding plant based diet and B12, Forks Over Knives has good info (also check the Documentary on Netflix). Anyways, there is a lot of good information out there, but try not to get sucked into the junk info that’s out there. I realize that if it’s on the inter-web, then it must be true, however that is sadly just not the reality of it.
For those of you who don’t know me, I have a bit of a texture issue when it comes to food. I don’t like things that are too mushy; I sometimes struggle eating yogurt and pudding (with this plant based diet though, I won’t be eating much of those foods anymore), but I do like mashed potatoes. I CANNOT do oatmeal, as in the warm cereal. I just can’t do it. Thinking about it gets my gag reflex going. I think it’s a texture flavor combination thing. There are several more food texture issues I have as well.
On top of that, I am a pretty picky eater when it comes to different things I will eat. I’ve never liked sea-food (that is definitely a texture/smell issues). I don’t like fish either. Basically anything that comes from water you can keep. There is only one fish I will eat and it has to be cooked a certain way. Yes, this is how picky I am. I am the same with sweet potatoes. I started eating sweet potatoes and Tilapia at the same time. And I only like them cooked that particular way. Now with this diet I can’t eat fish anyways so no worries about that, but I can eat baked sweet potato (firm not mushy) peeled, cut into coins/medallions, with fake butter, and sea salt. I used to like mushrooms when I was little, not anymore! I can’t even do them on pizza. Celery, I’m not even sure why it exist, it’s nasty, stringy, and lacks any sort of good flavor. The list goes on with how picky I am. I’ve recently noticed I’m starting to dislike ketchup as well. This I am going to blame on an ex of mine. She couldn’t even stand the smell of ketchup, I think it rubbed off on me. I used to love it. I ate it with just about anything (If you’re reading this, you know who you are, thanks for that!). Ranch is my new ketchup, but it’s a dairy product so that’s out now too.
I tried hummus years ago at a friends house, her mom had been diagnosed with breast cancer (if I remember correctly). She was on a healthy food kick too, eating foods that help prevent cancer and such. She offered me a pita chip with hummus. I thought I would give it a shot. It was terrible. Now here we are today. I bought hummus at the store, roasted red pepper. Sounds delicious! I brought it with me to work last night so I could dip my carrots in it (I’m healthy like that now). How did I miss the texture thing with hummus so many years ago? It’s got the consistency of baby poo! The flavor isn’t bad if you can get beyond the texture. This is going to take some getting used to. I have to learn to love it though because I’m going to need it for dipping and spreads. I will come around. I have faith in myself (sometimes, regarding certain things, I’m hopeful)!
So there ya have it. Yet another venture in the life of me. I would encourage you, if you don’t already, to look into this diet. If you don’t wanna go all in, then at least start eating more plant based foods and cut back a bit on your animal product intake. It’ll make a difference.
Here’s to Living healthy Daily!
Your Friend Dani ♥