It was one year ago that I decided to DRASTICALLY decrease my consumption of animals and animal by-products. This opened my eyes to a way of eating that has changed me completely. I have now settled into a “flexitarian” diet that includes real, whole foods in their natural state, and much less sugar and processed foods (and yes, sometimes meat). Through this journey I have come to see the Standard American Diet as revolting, lacking in nutrients, and in need of extreme overhaul. Every day in my life, and in my job, I see adults and children who are grossly overweight and completely oblivious of that fact that the “food” they are eating is killing them. “Mindless eating” needs to stop and “conscious eating” needs to begin. My hope is that the movement AWAY from the Standard American Diet will gain more momentum in the new year!
I have been inspired by so many people, books and films over this last year. I started by watching Forks Over Knives at the beginning of 2013. Then I dared to watch Vegucated. My husband and I started eating whole foods and cooking at home. In the first month, I lost 10 pounds – I wasn’t trying to lose weight and was very surprised by this. Then I recently discovered the brilliant book In Defense of Food and the incredible blog 100 Days of Real Food. I have started reading labels (and have been truly shocked by what I’ve seen) and am now able to make better choices for us and our children. I recently watched this passionate, fascinating TED talk by chef and activist Jamie Oliver and nodded my head furiously in agreement throughout it.
I am a healthier, and therefore happier, person today because of people who are on the forefront of this movement. I welcome the new year and all the new discoveries it is sure to bring!