I hope this website will help you focus on gaining control over your eating habits and teach you how to transition to a plant-based diet that includes very little or no meat or dairy. The more I read, the more I am convinced that this is THE way to eat. I know it's hard to give up habits that we love. I struggle with it, too. Give it time - take little steps and before you know it, you'll be really enjoying the bounty of plant-based foods that are so available. That was my goal when starting this website - to find delicious plant food recipes that were as satisfying as the fattening, hormone laden, artery-clogging bad foods I use to eat, like cheese and meat. I'm excited to say that it's working for me. I love eating this way. But, that's not to say that I don't struggle or have down days. The main thing, is - DON'T GIVE UP. I'm here to support you and, hopefully, motivate you to continue. You know that you'll be healthier and happier.
I still have weight to loose, too. I'm craving those days when I fit into my skinnier clothes, but more than that, I want to be around for my grand kids (none, yet) and that means loosing the fat and resisting disease. In 2008, I was 20 pounds heavier and with the help of a registered dietician, lost 25 pounds, but those pounds started creeping back on and my cholesterol wasn't great either. The only diets that I've seen that are documented to help resist most western diseases, reverse heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and assist in maintaining "normal" weight, are those that recommended no meat and no dairy.
I'm learning - it's all about the food we eat. Thanks to shows like, "Forks Over Knives," "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead," and to "no meat, no dairy" pioneers, like Dr. Fuhrman, Dr. Mcdougall and Dr. Esselstyn, I'm on board for a plant-based life!
For years I've been readying about nutrition information and healthy healing and, I've been in a "gourmet" group for 25 years. I kept track of recipes I loved with the hopes of one day making sense of all the papers, magazine articles and hand written scraps I'd collected. The ultimate goal was to have weekly meals planned out, meals we loved. A list of 30 plus meals that we could remake each month. I tried to organize them by food group, balancing each and spreading out different types of meat-based protein as the main course. Well, that has all changed over the past couple of years and I now know that meat-based protein should not be the main course. The vegetables should shine, the grainy carbs secondary and meat - eliminated.
Eat your fruits and veggies. At least if you want to be free of excess fat and most western diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. It may even contribute to staying younger, longer as you age. I'm on a quest to eat less meat and make vegetables more interesting. I hope you'll join me.
I've been watercolor artist for the past 25 years and I am now writing children's books about nature and science. I live in Encinitas with my husband and our dog, Abby. She's a German shepherd, golden retriever mix.
My artist website: www.artbydianeksmith.com