Food is freaking fantastic. It fuels us and quite literally provides us with the sustenance of our being. When I'm feeling off balanced or under the weather, the first thing I look to is food as nourishment. It is the first line of defense and has the power to shift my well-being and support my wellness. I'm passionate about a plant-based diet, but the basis for that is whole-real-from the earth food. It provides the energy, happy + satisfied feeling for my mind + body.
Embracing a plant-based diet in 2009 changed my world, my perspective, how I felt about myself, and at the same time released me of so much negativity. It certainly didn't happen overnight, but looking back over the last decade I can very easily point out that making that shift was the catalyst for so much goodness. What we eat has to power to make huge shifts in our lives. When you eliminate the junk, you give your body the opportunity to free itself of that weight (emotional and physical) and therefore, you feel better.
This is where I'm going to ask you to do a little homework and encourage you to do your own research and advocate for yourself. My first recommendation is to read The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet. It will provide you with a base knowledge in a non-overwhelming way. It's a doable approach into this lifestyle that may be new to you, but oh so exciting! Oh so blissful.
This book was the catalyst for the shift within me. I read it in the fall of 2009 and a lightbulb went off for me. This just felt so right in my soul. It took years of incorporating new foods, experimenting in the kitchen, and listening to my body...and over the last decade I've fallen even more in love with the power of a plant-based diet. I credit this lifestyle for my ability to fight through a vestibular disorder and endure, maintaining my strength (both mentally and physically) as I healed my body (and continue to do so).
Once you've read The Kind Diet, I'd love to hear from you. How did it make you feel? What thoughts came up?
Now, it's time to jump in with some amazing food.
Minimalist Baker is by far my favorite site for recipes. I'm talking simple and incredibly delicious recipes. Go visit over there asap. Pick a smoothie and make it for breakfast. Choose a recipe that grasps your attention and enjoy the process of creating the food and gifting yourself with it. I know this may sound a little 'out there' to you right now, but I promise over time you'll understand just what I'm saying.
For me, I think starting each day with a smoothie just sets me on the right tone for the day, which is fueled + geared to take on whatever is ahead of me. Mix and match recipes and have fun. I only like cooking/baking so much because I love to eat nourishing food. The more you choose real whole foods over anything processed, the better you're going to feel. If this is brand new to you, you'll probably feel worse before you feel better. That's your body cleaning itself out and acclimating. Plug through that and get to the glorious other side. It's worth it.