I’ve been hearing more and more about a whole food plant-based diet. There’s definitely data out there that shows this lifestyle is the key to longevity and protective from illness and disease. My curiosity first started when I had our first child. It was important to me to learn more about nutrition because I wanted to learn how and what to prepare food for my kids. From this curiosity, I stumbled upon a book called Genius Foods. Then, I listened to the Audible version of The Obesity Code. Most recently, I’ve been embracing How Not to Die and Eat to Live.
Am I vegan? No. Am I a vegetarian? No. Am I here to save the animals? If saving the animals is a positive side effect, then absolutely! My main goal is to have the l o n g e s t quality of time with my kids as well as teach them how to incorporate nutrition into their lives. As a parent, I want to make my kids’ lives easier, more meaningful, and more fun. Aside from financial freedom and responsible parenting, the next best gift I can give to my kids is the power of nutrition. I wish I knew this information when I was a kid and grew up knowing what was helpful to fuel my body.
This past weekend, we went to my mom’s for Mother’s Day. It’s always a treat to be able to catch up with the fam. Both my aunt and my mom are extremely health conscious. My aunt has been practicing a very healthy lifestyle since 1999 when she had a health wakeup call. My mom has more recently adopted a health-conscious lifestyle probably in the last 8 years when she moved out to California. Nutrition is my aunt’s passion — any chance she gets, she’s always interested in educating me about eating whole foods. I feel like I’m pretty healthy, but I certainly make my food mistakes: preferring quick and easy to wholesome nutritious, craving sweet and/or fatty foods over better choices to satisfy my craving, and stress-eating without hunger. Sure we all do it. But, I got to thinking that now is a great time to really educate myself on nutrition and taking care of my family. I don’t know why it was such an epiphany, but now that I’m responsible for a tiny human… I’d really like to educate her on good food choices. So, it starts with me… leading and setting a good example for my daughter. It’ll be a bonus when the whole family jumps on board.
There’s a ton of nutrition info out there as well as recipes. Recently, I came across a gal’s website on nutrition: JSHealth. She has a very relatable story regarding her relationship with food. I think what she’s trying to accomplish is fantastic, and it should be a goal of not only girls and women, but anyone we love in our lives. Food is something that will be with us for life. There are so many fad diets out there. Some claim quick results — hey, who wouldn’t want to drop 10lbs in a month? But is it sustainable through life? If not, then you’ll just yo-yo back and forth and continue to look for “diets” instead of a “lifestyle”. Plus, look at the health gains or losses from a diet vs. whole food lifestyle. Will this be easy? Probably not. I will be changing the way I’ve eaten for the last 39 (eek) years of my life. But, it’s important, and I wish I knew and started sooner.