So my pause from the plant-based diet was to enjoy the festivities of my son’s wedding. And boy did I enjoy!
I ate pizza, macaroni and cheese, sweet tea, brisket, pork, cakes (it was a wedding already!), ice cream and all sorts of other goodies during the wedding weekend. I did not really push away from anything to eat the whole weekend – which started on Thursday.
Friday night I actually got sick with diarrhea. Not sure if it was the MSG on the brisket or all the sweet tea I drink that day, but something just did not agree with my system. So the day of the wedding I was in recovery mode not eating a lot, and drinking lots of water.
There were left overs on Monday and I worked through some, but found my way back to eating more plant based food. And then on Tuesday I was back to just plant based meals.
What did I learn from this pause?
I learned that I do like the taste of cakes and ice cream, but it leaves me feeling empty and sort of sick inside. I guess I have finally pushed through the sugar withdrawals and can do without sugar. When I do eat or drink those things I just do not get the same satisfaction as I used to.
Eating those kind of processed foods also make my body feel sluggish. I did not feel as sharp as I do while eating a plant based diet.
So now I continue my journey of eating a plant based diet. I am not perfect, nor am I super strict about what I eat, but I am doing much better than I was when I first started this journey. I look forward to learning more food options and how these foods affect me.
The way I really feel is this – I like to release pounds from my body more than I like to eat empty foods. That has been my biggest and best eye opener!
I just started reading Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live, and it is really revealing about why we should be eating a plant based diet. With all the big money that surrounds the food industry it is no wonder that this message will take a long time to get out and be adopted in American culture.
Not sure who I heard this from, but I thought important to share because it really helps with my mindset. I am not becoming a vegetarian, but rather a nutritiocian!
Eat to Live is a great resource. It will steer you in the right direction.