For nearly two months, under the direction of my doctor, I’ve been on a whole food plant based (WFPB) diet. My cholesterol and my weight, both need to come down. Meat, dairy, and eggs are no longer a part of my diet. Initially, I figured I would do it temporarily to achieve the desired results. The more I thought about it, that rationale just didn’t sound logical. I was making a change to positively impact my health, but planning to go back to poor eating habits afterwards. Duh! Where’s the sense in that? Further, I began to do research and I believe that humans were designed to be herbivores. There is so much controversy regarding the meat and dairy industry that I don’t want to get into, but let’s just say that WFPB eating is no longer a diet for me. Diets are temporary. I’m adopting this as a lifestyle.
My plate frequently looks like the one below. For example, sautéed veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms; black beans; quinoa, sliced strawberries and blueberries. How filling!
Since eating WFPB, I feel great. I have no digestive problems and am “regular”. I am enjoying a variety of vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains. I am playing around with herbs and seasonings and am really appreciating my food. I am in the process of ridding my pantry and fridge of dairy products and replacing them with vegan options like vegan butter and mayo and almond milk. I am eating tofu and tempeh, products that were previously unfamiliar to me. I am cooking with tahini and having a love affair with chickpeas. I begin my day with delicious spinach and fruit-filled smoothies. I like exploring the aisles in Whole Foods. I’ve joined Facebook groups for plant-based eaters and am really enjoying the camaraderie.
One thing I hear frequently is that black people don’t eat this way. Huh??? There is a whole community of black and brown people who are WFBP eaters. There is concern that black people who eat this way can’t enjoy traditional “soul food.” Not true! Click here to see a black family of vegans that makes videos of WFPB meals, shares recipes, and reviews dishes. My hope is that more black people will eat this way. I believe that many of the medical conditions from which we suffer would go away (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hypertension) helping us to live longer, healthier lives. The woman in the video below is 74 and looks nearly half her age! This is how I want to be. Wish me luck on this journey.
Keep living agelessly!
Avon Rep Raquel, http://www.agelesslivingalways.com