I love to eat and eating healthy has always been a big part of my life as I’ve been a runner for over 35 years and also very active growing up. I’ve always believed that feeding the body through food can be a negative and positive benefit to our health. I have discovered lately through some health problems that food can be the trigger to many conditions but also the saviour.
I’m not a big fan of labels, in fact, most people didn’t know that I didn’t meat or poultry for almost two years. I gave up eating meat , or I became Pescatarian (if you want to smack a label on it) due to some digestive issues which ended up solving many of my health issues including IBS and Acid Reflux. In fact I also started eliminating refined sugar from my diet. Through eliminating these foods, I was able to live more comfortably and still take in all the required nutrients that my body required.
Last year I came across more health problems (which I will get into in another post) and gave up drinking milk altogether. At the time, I had no idea that milk was affecting my condition but after further research earlier this year, I learned that it largely impacted my health. My husband joined me on my journey earlier this year of not consuming any meat in his diet. In was his decision (I think it’s very important that people make this decision on their own) alone and in fact he wanted to go vegetarian completely. He was never much enjoyed eating fish or seafood so I made a conscious decision to give up eating seafood along with him and we became vegetarian completely.
Our journey took another step very quickly. After watching several documentaries, we saw the impact of our food decisions not just on our own health, but also how it impacted the environment and the life of animals. I had already eliminated milk and yogurt from my diet but eggs and cheese still remained a big part of my eating habits. After talking briefly together about the documentaries, our mind s were made up that we were going to become vegan and eliminate all animal food from our diet. How we were going to do this? Well, this is my journey on how becoming vegan or I like to call it a whole food, plant base diet has changed my life significantly and how I still struggle becoming vegan as I learn and research more about this lifestyle. It truly is a lifestyle change and not a food change for me. It’s not just about eliminating animal food but eliminating refined sugar and enjoying food in its natural state. It’s about being mindful of the products I buy for my home or for my body. It’s about being cognisant of the environment and leaving my mark so that future generations can benefit from what we have today which is healthy food, clean water, and being kind to one another and animals.
Join me on my journey as I learn more about this lifestyle and help others discover how they can not only change themselves but the world, one step at a time.