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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Forks over Knives - Day 75

Since I started this raw diet my life has completely changed. I have more energy, I am more satisfied, which means I eat less, which leads to loosing weight, and I am so much happier. It is amazing how changing your diet can completely turn your life inside out for the better. A friend of mine recently watched this movie called "Forks over Knives" and Daniel and I started to watch it last night. It is unbelievable! They have so much research and statistics that show how meat and dairy poison our lives. They also talk about how as Americans we think the only source of protein comes from meat. Not so! You can get just as much from plants or legumes and you don't have the life altering side affects like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. They even go to say that it can prevent cancer. A study in Asia found that they ate this diet and there were 18 cases of cancer. That same year there were 114,000 in America. This was taken in 1950! NO wonder we are so sick and so big!

They polled some Americans and asked why we eat meat and every one said protein. We as a society only eat meat because we think it is what we need and it is socially required. Interesting.

So our family is going to start the transition to semi-vegan. Tayrien and I are allergic to milk, so we are already drinking alternative sources for calcium. Almond milk is my favorite. I also picked up some soy cheese and can't tell the difference. We will eat fish because we don't think it falls in the red meat category that causes bad health. Whole grains, fruits, veggies all apply. We will be cutting back on all processed and refined sugars.

We aren't going to totally restrict our diet in that we won't have Thanksgiving dinner, or eating what our extended family eats. I don't want to go to a restaurant and not eat what sounds good.  Eating meat sparingly gives us the healthy nutrients our body stores. A few times a year is no biggie.

You guys need to watch this video. I think it is on Netflix. It will change your life. I am not crazy!


Michelle Church said...

That is really interesting. I know that cutting out processed foods, simple grains and sugar really make a HUGE difference. It's so easy for me to fall back into eating those things though. I have tried to cut back on dairy (even though I love it) since it can make morning sickness worse and it causes constipation which isn't helping me right now (TMI). This does sound tricky though since I already struggle knowing what to make for dinners and lunches. Have you come up with a menu plan yet? I would love to see if it once you do or share what things you guys have eaten over the last few weeks that you've been on it. I struggle with fruits and veggies since they go bad so quickly. It would save a lot of money not buying meat. It's SO expensive!!! What about eggs?? I know Uncle Jim was way against Dairy. He had done a lot of research with it and was against it because of what it did to our bodies.

ALYN said...

Brittany- That's the movie Nathan & I watched on netflix. It was quite facinating!