Going from carnivore to vegan was not all that difficult for me, this time. I did it the right way, for me; stopping the consumption of meat first, with limited amounts of egg & dairy, followed by the slow removal (over a 6 week period) of eggs and cheese. The thing I’m struggling with, now, is taking my dietary choices from the stereotypical ‘junk food’ vegan to a whole-food, plant-based vegan.
I’m currently reading a book titled How Not to Die, by Michael Greger, MD. I get the pleasure of seeing him in person on March 16, and I’m more than just a bit excited! He, along with Dr. Campbell, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Fuhrman, Dr. McDougall, along with several others, have all written books, done studies, and/or been a part of documentaries that have greatly influenced my decision to go WFPB.
So why am I struggling? For the most part, it comes down to being lazy. I just completed the Forks Over Knives Cooking Class, so I understand what I should be eating, and how to best prepare a dish so that it will taste really good. Those things take a little more time, but in truth, with the right preparation, and a little advanced batch cooking, it truly doesn’t have to be that hard. I just need to break the habit I’m in of using prepared foods, and taking the easy way out.
I’ve joined Meal Mentor, and when I’ve actually used the recipes provided, they have been spectacular. Through this program I am learning more about meal planning. Now, I just need to put it all into action. Use the meal plans, and/or recipes I have that fit the program, and just do it. So what I need, is a challenge. I need to be able to hold myself accountable for what I am doing, and learn some balance. I mean, a frozen veggie burger, or a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s new non-dairy ice cream, once in a while, is not a bad thing; eating it every day, well that just cannot be healthy.
So I’ve decided what my challenge needs to be, I’ve set the start date, and written the rules out, which you can see here. I’m going to get there, I’m going to find balance, and I’m going to get healthy so I can live a long, productive life, even if my inner child goes kicking and screaming!