There appears to be a general misconception that being "a Vegan" is only for weird people, or hippies or greenies, or those who know nothing about nutrition. I have to admit...I used to be one of those people. I used to believe that Vegans could not possibly be healthy or be getting adequate nutrition without at least Dairy and eggs!
On my journey, I found some wonderful companions who showed me a better way to eat for my own personal well-being. Friends like, Dr. Hans Diehl, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Gregor, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and a chiropractor, John Bergman (and yes I used to think Chiropractors were at best a bunch of quacks who cracked bones!)
Listening to these learned people helped to change me from an ignorant know-it-all to a person who was determined to find good health through a completely plant based diet. Notice I didn't say Vegan? As I said, I don't like that term! I eat a plant based diet, based around starches, and as far as I am able, I only eat foods as grown...which means you can recognise what they are before Kellogs, Pringles, Arnotts, McDonalds etc, have changed them into something they are not!
I have learned that food actually is medicine! My diet consists of whole grains/ starches, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruit, vegetables, pulses, soy and almond milks, and healthy processed foods such as wholegrain breads and pastas. I no longer need my medication for joint pain and I have slowly, but surely, dropped 8kg of excess body fat. I eat as much as I want, as often as I want, but only plant based food as grown, with the occasional dairy free 80% Cocoa Dark chocolate as a treat.
So...my family now looks like this: Me (totally plant-based), My husband (Eats meat and plant-based diet), My 16 year old son (Vegetarian but eats Eggs and Dairy) and my 13 year old son (who eats a limited amount of foods and is not courageous enough to try new things). Cooking meals is a challenge! As far as I am able, I choose to make food that caters to, many styles of eating. For example, when making a stir-fry, I stir-fry my tofu, then I stir-fry the vegetables, then I stir-fry the meat separately, and combine the components when dishing up as per each person's preference. It does take longer, but it works for me.
Mexican is perhaps the most versatile and easiest to prepare. We all love Burritos or Tacos and preparing this meal is easy, nutritious and delicious! With a meal consisting of Rice, burrito, avocado, whole kidney beans, green leaves, tomato, and salsa...with some meat on the side for the carnivores...it is perfect and quick.
There is a lot of information in these videos and you don't have to watch all of them at once! But I do encourage you to come back to this page, and when you have some time to yourself, listen to what some of these doctors have to say. Bookmark the page, and do your health a favour by revisiting these talks and find encouragement if you too, are considering choosing a plant based diet for your own health and well-being.
1. 'Food as Medicine and Treating the Most Common Diseases with Diet by Dr Gregor.
2. Dr. Hans Diehl M.D.- Eat More Lose Weight.
3. Dr. John McDougall M.D. - The Ultimate Diet Therapy
4. Professor T.Colin Campbell Phd.- Animal Protein, Meat and Dairy, Causes Cancer
5. Dr. John McDougall M.D.- Inflammatory Arthritis
There are many more informative videos by these Doctors on Youtube if you are interested:)