Glad You Asked!
After absorbing some information about the sad state of the SAD (standard American diet), I realized that I was ingesting way too much animal fat, oil, sugar and salt. I’ve also come to understand that many self-proclaimed vegans don’t usually restrict oil. There are others who eat the standard American diet, just without any animal meat. Additionally, many continue to eat processed foods, including junk food labeled as ‘vegan’. I decided that most of these products are not for me.
I have no judgments about what others choose to eat; just joy for my own health! If I feed my body nutrient rich, plant-based and whole foods in their most natural form, I know that I am dramatically increasing my chances of preventing disease. This way of eating can, in some cases, even reverse disease. Check out the science behind it with this information from T. Colin Campbell.
Aging is not a choice. How we move through it, is. What I do to, and for my body, is also a choice.
Eat For Your Life!
One More Note
I am NOT a registered dietitian or nutritionist. I’m proud of my certification in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, and I’m a happy home cooking instructor.
My journey started for my health, and I have since learned much more about the ethical, environmental and animal-rights reasons to adopt a vegan diet. Besides, I love all animals! The information I’ve read about factory farming, the treatment of animals, and the tremendous health impact it has on all our lives and the environment we live in, makes me sad.
If my choice to eat whole, plant-based and mostly local, organic foods are contributing to the repair of our world in some small way, then I’m happy!
Is plant-based the same as vegan? Not quite. Lindsay from Happy Herbivore wrote a clear post that spells out the sometimes vast differences between being plant-based and vegan. Read it here.