Have you ever thought about trying a whole foods, plant-based diet?
I want to invite you to join me as I share my experience and transition to a whole foods, plant-based diet over the next 100 days.
Now, let’s rewind and start from the beginning so you can understand why I am doing this and why you may want to give it a try too!
My Journey Towards a Plant-Based Diet
About ten years ago, I read a book called Skinny Bitch. At the time, the only reason I was reading this book was to lose weight. It was right after having my first child and I desperately wanted to get back to my pre-baby weight. Now, if you’re familiar with Skinny Bitch at all then you know that they heavily promote a vegan diet. The book emphasizes all of the reasons you should eliminate processed food and animal products. I remember being totally convinced after reading this book and ready to completely overhaul my diet. I think the inspiration and excitement lasted for about a day after finishing the book and then I continued on with my “ normal”eating habits. Back then, it truly seemed impossible and only for “extreme” people. I was definitely not ready for the information or a transformation at that time.
A few years later, I came across another book, The Beauty Detox Solution. Once again, I was faced with a lot of scientific research and evidence showing that a whole foods, plant-based diet was beneficial for weight loss, beauty, and overall health. Since this information wasn’t completely new and it was more of a reminder, I was definitely more open to it and ready to implement some of the tips. I never went completely plant-based or vegan, but I started eating a lot less meat and started incorporating more greens and vegetables into my diet.
Fast forward a few more years, which brings us to about 2013, my sister went completely plant-based vegan. She had been vegetarian her whole life, but she didn’t exactly like vegetables or most healthy foods. Prior to becoming vegan, her diet had been primarily based on pizza, mac and cheese, and french fries. It was shocking to me that she was suddenly eating beans, salad, quinoa, and... lentils?! The fact that my sister was able to completely change the way she ate was definitely fascinating and encouraging to me.
Around this same time a bunch of new resources around plant-based eating came into my life. Some of them are as followed:
I became obsessed with learning everything I could about eating a whole foods, plant-based diet. My sister and I even started a food blog around plant-based eating that didn’t really go anywhere because we didn’t really make the time for it. I started eating about 70% plant-based which was a huge transformation for me since I had previously had meat or dairy at every single meal and ate processed food regularly.
This brings us to the present day. My progression towards a completely whole foods, plant-based diet has been slow and steady. I’ve wavered and gone completely off course from time to time, but have finally decided to commit to a whole foods, plant-based diet for 100 days.
This means I’ll be completely giving up meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and processed foods. It also means I’ll be enjoying an abundance of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and legumes.
So you may be wondering, “WHY NOW?” or “WHY SO ‘EXTREME’?”
There are many reasons that I have decided to finally commit and do this right now and it may not be what you think.
Recent tragic events all around me have opened my eyes to how short life really is and how important it is to take the best care of our bodies. People are dying of cancer. My dad nearly died of a heart attack a few years ago. People are suffering from diabetes. And many of my friends/family members are suffering from depression, anxiety, or other illnesses. Most of these illnesses or diseases are lifestyle related which means that they could be prevented or treated by eating a healthier diet and living a healthier lifestyle. I don’t know about you, but I want to live as long as possible and I’d like to be healthy enough to fully enjoy myself.
Personally, I’ve been feeling tired, stressed, and quite simply, not my best. I’ve also been experiencing uncomfortable digestive issues that I’ve never had before. I’m currently in the process of a lot of transition in my life and facing uncertainty about what the future holds which isn’t always easy for me. I’ve been eating a lot more unprocessed foods, moved away from mindful eating, and have just been surviving instead of thriving. This is my personal attempt to get back to mindful eating and nourishing body with whole foods from a place of self-love instead of self-hate.
My whole mission in life (and with this business) is to help other women, especially moms, to take care of themselves and thrive from the inside out. I believe that the food we put in our bodies is so important and it’s a great place to start when trying to feel (and look) your best. I also know that the best way I can help or inspire other women is to be in integrity with myself and my beliefs and to be a walking example of those beliefs. So it is essential and necessary for me to refocus on prioritizing my health and wellbeing. It is my hope that by sharing my experience, I can encourage you to look inwards and to take ownership of the life you are choosing live.
Why I Don’t Consider this to Be a “Diet” & How I’m Making Sure It’s Not
First of all, I don’t believe eating a plant-based diet is just another fad. I truly believe it is a great, healthy way of eating and living for the whole planet. However, I do believe eating a plant-based diet can be taken to extremes and can definitely be used as a short term diet for someone.
For me (at this time), eating a whole foods, plant-based diet has nothing to do with weight-loss (which is the main reason why most people go on a diet). I want to feel better in my body, less anxious, less digestive stress, more energized and more mental clarity. I also still plan to listen to my body, eat until satisfied, and not let myself feel restricted or deprived.
Through experimenting with many plant-based recipes over the years, I’ve learned that you can pretty much make any animal based food into a wonderful plant-based creation. I actually thoroughly enjoy “healthifying” foods that I’ve previously loved, but that are animal based or highly processed.
In order to make sure this is not just another diet, I plan to focus on progress over perfection. This means if I slip up or don’t do things perfectly one day, I’m not going to dwell or give up. I’m going to keep going and focus on the progress I’ve already made instead of the one slip up. This is one of the main principles I always share with my clients & I plan to take my own advice.
What You Can Expect on This 100 Day Plant-Based Journey
I plan to document the whole experience in hopes that it may inspire others to experiment for themselves! I hope to show you that it can be easy and fun to eat more whole foods & feel your best.
I will be sharing weekly recaps of how I am feeling and the foods that I’m eating here on my blog. I will also be sharing recipes and meals that I am eating on my instagram so make sure to follow me there. Lastly, I plan to share some informational and myth busting posts on the blog as I learn more along the way.
NOW, TELL ME - Have you tried a whole foods, plant-based diet? Would you consider it? Why or why not?
Please note that I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. You should consult your doctor or registered dietitian for nutritional advice.