A lot of reading, video viewing, lifestyle evaluation, and planning have gone into our decision to go a bit further with our (at home) vegetarian lifestyle. Today we start a whole-food, plant-based diet.
What is that?
Whole foods are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible, before being consumed. Plant-based means well, they come from plants (fruits, vegetables, nuts...)
It's that simple. The big change for us is a reduction of milk products - we eat a lot of cheese and some yogurt, the boys like milk also. We also will be giving up most breads and pastas.
Why would you do a crazy thing like that?
Here's the thing; I am diabetic, overweight, tired, anemic, cluttered, and I have digestive difficulties. Mr. Crum, well, he's got a little bit of a belly again - but we can all stand to live healthier lives, right? Crackers is a bit pudgy - I know, he's a toddler, they're made that way - but one of the offices we visit was concerned about his height/weight ratio. He doesn't eat a lot of fatty foods, and we don't want him to face some of the same problems his mama has. Monkey seems to have a bit of a gluten intolerance.
We have been working on living a greener lifestyle and even do what we can to grow our own foods - we are not very good at that yet. Learning to eat what we can grow, in season, and what we can get locally will help us lower our footprint.
We want our boys to grow up strong and healthy. I recognize that the government has a suggested food pyramid that is supposed to help people do just that. I also recognize that most Americans are sick - we do not eat foods that keep us healthy. I want my boys to live a lifestyle that does not just help them heal more quickly when they are ill, but helps them avoid getting ill in the first place. After a lot of reading and research, we have decided that we will give this diet a try for a month. After a month, we will re-evaluate.
Why in the world are you starting this during the holiday season?
That's the part where I think we're a little bit crazy. It is so hard to make big food changes at this time of year! But - I am sick now - riddled with blood sugar issues and other complications that come with it. Every day that I hesitate is inviting more problems and more lasting effects. I need to start this now for myself. I need to be healthy for my family so that I can be fully available to them as they grow into men.
What are your thoughts on this type of lifestyle?
What would you miss the most?
Do you have a great website for recipes?
Do you want some inspiration to change? Here are a few websites we have found helpful.
Forks Over Knives - this documentary is available on Netflix
Healthy. Happy. Life. - this blog has a lot of great looking recipes.