It’s time to shed some light on a question many people ask me: “why did you go plant-based?”
When I first went plant-based, five years ago, I had been flirting with the idea for quite some time. I had always been a big veggie eater and knew that vegetables made me feel great! However, I could never completely give up meat and dairy for more than a week or so. Around that time, I came across an article about Kris Carr.
If you are not familiar with Carr, she’s a well-known, plant-based advocate. At the age of 31, she was diagnosed with a very rare, incurable form of cancer. At the time, she was told she that she would have to simply “wait.” She decided to take health into her own hands. Kris cleaned up her body, mind, and spirit through plant-based diet, meditation, and self-care. Today, 14-years later, she is still thriving with cancer and is the epitome of health. I found her story so inspiring.
Kris’s journey was the first time that I had heard about the power of a plant-based diet. I started researching and digging into other dietary stories of people healing themselves. I soon found a book called, “The China Study.” This book is based on a 20-year study done around 65-countries in China. After comparing diet-to-disease rates, the study concluded that the consumption of animal products, including dairy and eggs, increases the risk for coronary heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and bowel cancer. The author recommends a whole-food, plant-based diet, free from processed foods and refined carbohydrates for optimal health. Several studies in the book provide examples of people reducing, reversing, and even curing disease upon consuming plant-based diets.
If switching to a plant-based, whole-food diet is so beneficial, then what is a diet full of animal-products? Clearly, the opposite. This was all I needed to know to make my decision. It came down to: “do I want to live a long life full of vibrancy, and health or do I want to slowly gain weight and feel groggy, all while spending tons of money on medical bills later in life?” The answer was crystal clear.
I made the switch immediately after my research and have never looked back. As a result, my body naturally stays at a healthy weight, is abundant in energy, rarely unwell, and I feel completely amazing.
When people ask about my diet, they often wonder how I get all the protein, iron, and calcium I need without eating animal-proteins. The answer is simple, from plants. This is something I will go into more at a later date. But as a secret, adding in food like beans, lentils, quinoa, nuts, and seeds are excellent ways of getting more protein into your diet. As far as calcium, try adding in sesame seeds, collard greens, kale, or almonds, all of which have tons of calcium. When it comes to iron, this can be found in spirulina, lentils, dark chocolate, black beans and spinach.
This is a lifestyle that I’m extremely passionate about and love sharing! If you’re interest in learning more, feel free to reach out to me directly.