We have been eating a whole food planted based diet for over 5 years now. (Yes, that includes our children!) I had known about 7 years ago that our eating habits needed to change.
The only time we had any type of red meat was either when someone else made it for us or if we were out to dinner. The main type of meat we ate was turkey and had very few vegetarian dishes for dinner. We ate a pretty typical standard American diet. After Rico was born we followed Dr. Christopher's mucusless diet for a few months before I became pregnant with Fredhead and I just needed to eat anything that I didn't make. My cooking went and so did the diet.
A couple of months after Fredhead was born we watched some animal slaughterhouse videos on YouTube. I would recommend not watching any of these if you want to continue eating your McDonald's double cheeseburger without any guilt.
After we cut out all fast food, next up was meat altogether. God tends to lead Jordan and I in a direction pretty swiftly so this happened within a couple of weeks. We had a few spiritual promptings to change our diet.
We also watched quite a few documentaries. The first being Forks Over Knives. We were convinced of the ill effects of dairy after watching that movie. Jordan asked when we would be cutting it out and we did that day.
The reason I say we eat a whole food plant-based diet is because we try to eat non-processed food in their whole state. We eat raw and cooked fruits and veggies, grains, nuts, and seeds. We typically do not have dairy in the house. Cheese is a delicacy for us and we all love it! When we are eating at other people’s homes we eat what they are serving and if they ask we tell them we are vegetarian. It is helpful for them to know that we do not eat meat but also allows them less stress in figuring out a meal for us.
When I was pregnant with each of my girls I had chicken and tuna a handful of times. I had a strong craving for it and after a couple of weeks I got the best chicken I could afford and it satisfied the craving. Since those times, I have not had any meat. I think eating this way helped me have very healthy pregnancies, great birth experiences and my milk supply has always been more than adequate!
When we first started eating this way one of the first benefits was losing weight. After five years we both have tons of energy, and have found some AMAZING food to eat. I'm actually eating vegetables and liking them and we both feel very good.
Have you tried eating a whole food plant based diet? Do you want to but don't know what you'd eat besides salad? I'd love to hear from you.