I love food.
I love to talk about it, I love shopping for it, I love to make it, I really love to eat it. This did not always make for a very healthy lifestyle for me, but I’ve made significant changes over the years – I got active, I lost weight, and I moved to a vegetarian diet. Today I am the healthiest I have ever been.
Since becoming a vegetarian I’ve had many discussions about the love of food, nutrition, and diet with a lot of different people. Some endurance athletes I know say they could never be vegetarians – they “need the protein”. Others say they are mostly vegetarian but could never give up their beloved dairy. Since going vegan a few months back, the discussions have shifted in tone. Most people I talk to get vegetarianism, we could all benefit from a more vegetable-rich diet, but some just don’t get why anyone would be a vegan. No meat? Fine, but no eggs? No Milk? No ooey-gooey cheese? No way. “Why should anyone be vegan?” they would ask, and I couldn’t always articulate a good answer to why I chose to be vegan. Until now.
“Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.” –ForksOverKnives.com
I watched Forks Over Knives recently and it has had a profound impact on my life. I see now in HD clarity why eating a plant-based diet is simply the best option for my overall health and wellness. I understand now how eliminating meat and dairy doesn’t just make me feel better, it can prevent and even reverse afflictions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. I don’t know about you, but my idea of good health does not involve pills, stents, or bypasses.
It’s only been a few months since eliminating dairy from my diet, but I can already see and feel the positive impact it is having on me. I sleep great, I have more energy, I no longer feel sluggish or bloated. I have never felt better in my life. I’ve simply changed the way I eat and thus changed my overall health for the better – forever.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” –Thomas Edison
I am a marathon runner and a triathlete. I work out six-eight times per week and get all the nutrients I need (including protein) from a plant-based diet. Some world-class vegan athletes like ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek, Ironman Brendan Brazier, and Ultraman Rich Roll agree. These guys are at the top of their games and they’re doing it without eating animal-based foods.
My passion for food remains firmly intact, but now I get to create nutritious, great-tasting meals every day without worrying about the unhealthy consequences.
I love food now more than ever, and I love being vegan.
Interested in a plant-based diet? Here are some resources worth checking out:
Veganomicon – The ultimate vegan cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
The Post Punk Kitchen – Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s awesome website
The Engine 2 Diet – Triathlete and firefighter Rip Esselstyn’s plant-strong plan for sustainable health
VegNews – The premier vegan magazine