The What and the Why.
One lazy Saturday afternoon, I was flipping through the Netflix options and landed on Forks Over Knives. I’m dating a chef and my sister is vegan so the film was a perfect marry of ideas. I am not sure what I was expecting; nevertheless, I am currently transformed.
The main theme of the movie is that as Americans, we are overweight and many folks take medicines to address healthy related diseases; i.e. heart disease, diabetes, or some cancers. Using research and a large amount of data, the movie team combats most have what we have been taught regarding diet.
As a result of how impactful changing to a plant-based diet can be for your health, we decided to try it. It’s going to be a shift. I kinda like to eat everything and anything (well, not olives). But, this is not a meal plan of just vegetables – although, there are a lot of them. Vegetables only leaves you hungry all the time, which can make the transition difficult. I kept wondering – What about protein? What about calcium? Can I get enough?
I spent a fair amount of time on the Forks Over Knives site and other inspiring websites, like Oh She Glows, Thug Kitchen, and Blissful Basil. There are currently about 17 open browsers windows with recipes right now. I am excited about sticking to this “diet” for a month, and broader my narrow mind of cooking. I generally think of a weekend breakfast requiring some form of egg – and bacon if I’m lucky. There are so many ways to create those classic breakfast flavors without actually using meat and dairy.
My favorite part of the movie was the idea of eating food with a focus on a whole diet, rather than meat for protein, milk for calcium, we eat foods that are rich in essential nutrients. According to some of the sources cited in the movie, we don’t need nearly as much protein as we have been thought to believe – around 10-15% of your calories is plenty. “In fact, the reality is that protein deficiency is almost exclusively seen in people suffering from a calorie deficiency”.
So, there you have it. I have challenged myself to stick to a vegan diet (although allowing myself a few cheat moments). I have challenged myself to open my mind and open my cooking repertoire to include new techniques. I have challenged myself to think a little differently about food.
So while a few of my posts will be about places I ate before I challenged myself, I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
Have you seen the movie? Do you follow a plant-based diet? Are you a hard-core carnivore?