In writing about my parents' recent weight loss (90 lbs between the two of them in 2010), I am receiving a lot of feedback and private emails. So many people are stuck in a spiral of health issues and weight gain. I have been there. I found my way out, and now have turned around and helped my parents turn that same corner.
I have mentioned before that, above all, I am a Freegan Vegan Flexitarian. But I shoot for vegan. That's always my main goal.
Vegan means you do not eat any animal products, including dairy or eggs. Many vegans avoid honey, but we do not. We eat a lot of local honey.
This is the point when many people moan and say, "Then what the heck am I supposed to eat?"
A lot, actually. I don't eat much different than I used to, but I cut out or substitute animal products most of the time. In our house we eat a lot of salsa, beans, whole grain pastas, whole grain breads/tortillas, fresh vegetables. We put spreads like Earth Balance on our toast. The kids eat plenty of PB&J's made with natural peanut butter and all fruit spreads. We sweeten with honey (which goes GREAT on whole grain blueberry pancakes). I make green smoothies, whose nutritional boost is only given away by their color (cause they taste YUM!).
We snack on fruit and nuts.
We use soy or rice milk most of the time, instead of cow's milk.
We are HUGE fans of Mexican food. Refried beans, taco shells, salsa, chopped up greens, tomato, veggie shreds, cilantro, and even some corn - ohhhhhh, now I'm hungry.
There are plenty of myths and misunderstandings about plant based diets. However, the undeniable truth is that this approach to eating will improve your health in many, many ways (From the bathroom to the bedroom ... ha! Just made that up!). My family lives it. My parents are now living it. You probably know someone in your life who is living it.
Some great places for help, information, encouragement and ideas:
"Biggest Loser's, Bob Harper, Goes Vegan"
How To Cook Tofu Like the Pros (my kids BEG for this in the Chinese marinade!)
Easy Vegan Recipes (love some of their stuff, and typically just leave out the veggie "meat" or substitute with beans of some kind)
"Dairy: 6 Reasons You Should Avoid it at All Costs"
What About Protein?
This is Why You're Thin!
The PCRM 21-Day Kickstart begins again in September - mark your calendar!
"Processed Food Addiction"
"More Meat Consumption Leads to Earlier Puberty for Girls"
Also, check out my links on the right for "Simply Raw" and "Food Matters." These are affiliate links, so if you order anything on there, I get a few bucks. But it doesn't cost a thing to look around!
Email me if you're still feeling stuck, or kinda' freaked out: christinemoers [at] hotmail [dot] com
(photo by Ove Tøpfer, used with permission)