I’m going to talk food for a bit… but not the foraging, home grown food of my dreams. I’m going to talk about plant based diets.
I recently watched a documentary on Netflix called Food Choices which examines the damage to our health and climate that modern diets are causing. It was really fascinating, I knew that vegetarian and vegan diets were better for the environment but I never knew they were better for our health. It is definitely worth a watch if this is something you are interested in or want to know more about!
I have been vegetarian for most of my life and used to raise two happily vegetarian kids, but guilt won over this last year and I allowed them to eat meat, even started buying and cooking it for them. After watching this documentary I started a conversation with them about healthy eating and we agreed as a family to adopt a more plant based diet.
The hardest shift towards veganism for me is dairy… I love dairy! I have cheese, butter and milk as part of most meals and I love it…. the girls were equally worried! So we agreed to transition slowly, but also accept that we would eat what we wanted at times but only as a treat.
So how are we going to structure this shift to keep us on track and focused but without pushing it too far or too quickly?
Our plan is structured over 4 weeks:
- Week 1 – Breakfast
- Week 2 – Breakfast and lunch
- Week 3 – Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Week 4 – Breakfast, lunch, dinner, pudding and snacks
The aim is to eat predominantly plant based foods, trying to cut out processed foods and sugar and generally eat more healthy. I strongly recommend watching that documentary to see what I mean by this. However I will allow the odd naughty treat once in a while, as eating it rarely is better than always in my opinion and we do love them naughties!
I will post my successes and challenges each week including my old diet and new diet and will welcome any feedback and tips along the way!