Thursday, April 26, 2012
How many times have you found yourself doing something that you never, ever could see yourself doing, or never dreamed you would be doing?
Well after much research, I have found myself eating a vegan diet the past 2 weeks. I dont know if its for the long term, but I really am trying. I didnt even know what the definition of vegan was 2 weeks ago, but I have since found out that taking all meat and dairy out of my diet (including eggs and cheese) is called vegan. I have been researching about how to eat as to gain the best chance to not get heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure. These diseases seem to be the most common in my family. I have really learned a lot. Isnt it odd that the top two countries who consume the most meat and cows milk, are the two countries with the highest rates of heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and diabetes? yes, America and the Netherlands. And the countries where some of these diseases are rarely found are the ones who eat very little meat, who consume almost no dairy, and who have starch based diets, with added fruits and veggies. The Asian countries. How may obese Asian people do you see regardless of their starch based diet?
What I am eating is Whole grains: Steel cut oats, brown rice, wild rice, barley, quinoa, bulgur, buckwheat. Legumes: various types of beans. I rarely ever eat any type of peas. I do eat lentils. Maybe that's a pea; I'm not sure. Vegetables:
Any and almost all. Trying to focus on dark leafy greens which have calcium. and of course, fruit. a few types daily.
Something I like doing is putting the following in my blender:
Kale, spinach, apple, pear- sometimes, 1 or 2 limes-squeezed, tomato, celery, fresh aloe vera, nopal cactus leaf, carrots, sometimes an orange- all fresh, nothing frozen or canned. I add in a bottle of water, strain out some of the pulp, and put it back in plastic water bottles. I have been doing this daily and I know I am getting a ton of micronutrients which are healing to my body. I drink one mid morning while working, and one mid afternoon before dinner.
My husband loves it too. The taste isnt bad at all, and its about the only way I am going to get all those items in my body.
Will update how my progress goes. My weight is going down, so that is a plus :)