Wednesday, June 20, 2012

eating like a rabbit

If you had told me ten years ago that at the age of twenty-five I would consider adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet—essentially becoming a vegan—I probably would have laughed at you and condemned such a diet as hippy, pathetically trendy, and unrealistic.

But here I am, considering it. 

Thanks to my friend Lydia over at Made for More, I have been watching quite a few documentaries about food production and the health crisis in the United States. As a result I have learned that a whole foods, plants-based diet seems to keep the body healthier so that we feel better on a daily basis and live longer. Animal-based foods, along with convenience foods full of preservatives, have been linked to a host of the degenerative diseases that Americans die from every day, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Unfortunately, these foods are the foundation of the American diet. 

The evidence for moving to a whole foods, plants-based diet is hard to ignore. There are cases where people with diabetes, high blood pressure, and extra weight, who rely on a host of medications to control their health problems, cut animal-based foods from their diets and in a matter of months their health problems and the need for medications disappear. 

At this point, I am still researching. I want to learn more about the kinds of foods I should be eating, what nutrients I need and where I can find them, and what recipes will help me make healthy meals that are also delicious. But I the more I learn, the more convinced I am that this lifestyle is at least worth trying. 

If you’re interested in learning more, I recommend checking out the documentaries Food, Inc., Forks Over Knives, and Food Matters.

1 comment:

  1. Woot! You rock, Sarah! :) Definitely supporting you all the way.