That's the question I asked on the Eating Whole Foods team forum a few months back. Here's the rest of my post. It lays out pretty well why I felt a need to create a new team, and what my hopes/visions are for this team. It might help some of you who are not veg*n, and never intend to be, to feel more welcome, or less of an outsider. Flo
What do you want from this team?
After *that* somewhat pretentious beginning, let me introduce myself.
I found this team [i.e., Eating Whole Foods] at the first of the year. At that time is was the closest I could find to what I'm looking for, but mom2xan had posted that she would be elsewhere for the duration, and I kind of made a mental note and moved on.
As a result of both extensive study and personal experience I believe that the best diet for humans in general and for me in particular is a very low fat, whole *plant* foods diet, as promoted by Drs. John McDougall and Neal Barnard.
Health is by far my primary reason for paying attention to what I eat. There are many programs that will help a person successfully lose weight, but the kind of program I advocate will also prevent, manage and actually reverse most of the chronic diseases that plague the industrialized nations. I am able to manage diabetes and two auto-immune disorders, plus metabolic syndrome, with minimal medication, including none for the diabetes, or for BP or cholesterol
I have felt frustrated by (what seems to me to be a) lack of support for that kind of program here. None of the meal plans come close. The staff member who hosts the veggie team seems to actively dissuade people from a strict vegetarian diet. The discussion there includes a lot of high fat, high salt, highly processed food, as well as dairy and eggs.
I've been really tempted to form a new team. I have a vision of what I would find helpful, but I'd hate to add another team with just a handful of members....
My concerns are:
...whole foods, strict vegetarian. I'm not 100%, but I'd like at least one place that supports the way I choose to eat, even if that's not how I eat all the time.
...No dairy, no eggs, no added fat.
...a focus on health, not animal rights.
I see a place for:
...non-cookbook reviews/recommendations (how to start, scientific support, living in a world of omni's, etc.)
...meal planning: how to, samples
...how to...entertain, be a guest, pack a lunch, cook for a mixed family, avoid spending your entire life in the kitchen.
...general support...a place to vent when our families, doctors, co-workers, in-laws, etc. make us want to grit our teeth as we smile back.
Does this strike a chord with anyone? Does it fit the vision of why you're here? Should I take my vision and go form my own team? Can we somehow come up with a blended vision that encompasses all of us?
Thanks for hearing me out.
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