Sunday, December 12, 2021

Two Years Plant-Based Eating

Today is two years.

December 13, 2019 was the starting date of a new eating plan for me.  I switched to a plant-based diet to improve my health.  I have been eating only vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, and grains for 24 months.  Earth grown stuff; plant-based, and whole foods.

This is also the day I excluded all animal products (including beef, pork, chicken, fish, eggs, cheese, dairy, milk, etc) from my diet.

The benefits have been immense.  I lost about 25 pounds of body fat without really trying.  I also lost 4 inches around my waist and dropped two pant sizes.  My blood pressure is now within a normal range and I do not take any blood pressure medication.  I sleep better at night and have more energy during the day (almost never feeling sluggish).  I’m getting all of my nutritional needs from plants, including protein.  My digestive system has improved, and an angry stomach is a thing of the past.  

No, I haven’t been perfect on this eating plan because animal products are sometimes hidden in other foods, such as the milk that’s found in chocolate, or eggs used in cake, or butter used in used in gravies.  Even then I’m very mindful to avoid these foods (most of the time) because I’m that concerned about my health. 

You might not believe this, but foods just taste better now.  I have awakened to a whole new world of fantastic foods.  My taste buds are alive.  Everything bursts with flavor and I actually crave fruit and vegetables.  This has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  

Learning to eat in a way other than what we have been told has been an eye-opening experience for me.  The typical American diet is unhealthy.

As someone who loves to cook (and eat!) I have appreciated the challenge of finding new dishes and recipes to enjoy.  For instance, this is a picture of Carribbean Black Bean Soup with Brown Rice & Mango Salsa that I made a couple days ago.  

I’m not trying to convince anyone.  It’s simply my personal journey, and if anyone gets inspired by reading this, then I’m happy.

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