Planet Plant Foods – Day One

Welcome to my new blog, Planet Plant Foods. Why another blog? After all, I’m only running about six blogs…

Well, that’s the problem. I write for a living, which means I’m sitting on my arse for 10-15 hours a day. And that arse is spreading. I’m heavier than I have ever been in my life. I am turning 50 this year and I’m starting to huff and puff walking up the stairs.

I don’t want to be this way.

My husband recently had a bad accident involving a trip to the emergency room and 19 stitches. He’s normally healthy as a horse and rarely has even a cold or a sniffle, so of course, he didn’t have a family doctor. We had to hunt for one. The practice where I go for my medical treatment could only fit him in with one doctor, the “lifestyle” doctor. She took out his stitches but also showered him with pamphlets, reading lists, and movie lists to learn more about whole food plant-based living – the so-called “nutritarian diet” coined by Dr. Joel Furhman.

Could we do it? Could we eat this almost vegetarian lifestyle and not feel hungry all the time?

I don’t know, but I plan to give it a try. My best try. I’m tired of feeling fat and tired. I’ve downloaded Forks Over Knives onto my Kindle; I’ve dusted off my shelf copies of The China Study, Green for Life, and Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston Price. One of the topics I want to explore is the difference between Dr. Price’s approach and Dr. Fuhrman’s approach; I’ve been a fan of Dr. Price’s work and that of the Price-Pottenger Institute for many years, and frankly, have a tough time believing that meat and dairy are the devil or at least encourage the proliferation of cancer cells the way that T. Colin Campbell seems to think they do.

(Is all this gibberish to you? Don’t worry. I’ll share more on these books and schools of thinking as I explore each. If you’re curious, go to Amazon and look up the names of the books listed above. Or go to your public library and find copies. Almost all, except for Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, should be easy to find.)

In the past, I’ve always jumped feet-first into new diets. Vegetarian? Ditch all the meat. Going to self-help meetings for food addiction? Quit all sugar and if so much as a drop passes your lips in, say, salad dressing, go back to Day One and hand in your 30-day chip.

I just can’t do that anymore. I can’t be all or nothing, black and white. I do need accountability and I plan to share that here. What am I eating? Why did I choose it? How did I feel? That’s part of the fun of blogging; an experiment, if you like, into the world of healthy eating.

I’m not comfortable publishing my starting stats, but I will let you know if I gain or lose weight. Is that fair? I hope so.

I’ll share everything I can about what I am learning about healthy eating and living. I’ll share my new exercise routines with you and my commitments to you. I’d love to hear from others, too, as they embrace this journey, so if you’re into whole food plant based eating and changing your lifestyle, drop me a comment here or there. I’d love to hear from you.

I’m not sure I’ll lose weight and I care/don’t care about that. I’d love to get back to the weight I was 10 years ago or 20 years ago but who knows if my body wants to do that? Maybe my body thinks it needs the extra padding now to cushion my butt against the desk chair, who knows? All I know is that I plan to test what the majority of the experts agree upon and take it from there.

Welcome to Planet Plant Food. Welcome to a whole food plant-based diet, day one, and my new commitment to changing gradually and safely to this new way of living. Join me for the journey, please. I’d love the company.

 

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