In my little nook of the world, we’re going through some changes.
Well, actually, I’m going through some changes, so that means as the wife and mother in my household, so is the rest of my family.
I watch a lot of documentary TV. My favorite subjects are on food, health and the environment. This leads me to documentaries like “Food Matters,” “Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead,” “Tapped” and most recently, “Forks over Knives.”
And after watching all of these and others, changes are made in my household.
After watching “Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead,” I promptly went out and bought a juicer. Yes, the first few days, possibly even for a whole week, I juiced daily, sometimes more than once a day. I started with the usuals, carrot, spinach and apple, then moved on to watermelon and mint. I’m now in the habit of juicing at least two times a week – usually the watermelon and mint or pineapple and mint. They’ve become favorites in my house.
And after watching “Tapped,” which is about our usage of plastics and how the chemicals of plastics are affecting our health as well as the health of the planet, I’ve changed how I store my food, switching to glass, and lowering my use of plastic bags and wrap, and how I buy my food. I now have little cloth bags for produce and have stepped up my efforts to bring my own bags to carry the groceries home. I even have two fabric bags that I keep in my purse to use for other purchases. Heck, I’ve even begun carrying a larger purse when I go out for errands, just so I can put those smaller items directly into my purse instead of receiving a plastic bag to carry home a tube of mascara or package of batteries.
But the most recent change has come after watching “Forks over Knives,” mixed in with listening to “Wheat Belly.” As a woman now the late 40’s (where did the time go?) I struggle with my weight. And while I’ve been able to maintain a fairly healthy lifestyle and I can still purchase my clothes from Ann Taylor’s LOFT (they only go to a certain size) I hate to admit it – and do my best to conceal it – I have what is called a “muffin” top.
So while you have hopefully enjoyed reading of my dining experiences at our local eateries of meats, fish and wonderful baked goods, I’m going to go in a different direction – I’m going Vegan. Not only am I going to stop my intake of animal products, meaning anything that had a mom and a dad, I will also stop consuming wheat products.
Actually, I stopped almost two weeks ago – and have lost 6 pounds. Now before you say, “Oh my, that’s too much too fast,” let me point out that at least five of those pounds was probably due to the inflammation that wheat and many animal products cause within the human body.
And my muffin top has noticeably shrunk. It’s not gone, but it is going. (YEAH!)
But, I don’t want to become one of those “Freaks at the Table” as so many vegetarians, vegans, gluten free seekers or dairy diverters have become. Nothing is more annoying than listening to someone comment while going over a menu with “I can’t eat that,” or “I can’t eat this.” Personally, I don’t care what you can’t eat. And I really don’t want to hear you give your order to the waiter, “but without the nuts, cheese, croutons or cranberries,” (on the walnut, feta and cranberry salad), “and put the dressing on the side – but wait, what’s the dressing made with, because I don’t do oil.”
Seriously, it is not that hard to read through a menu and find something that doesn’t have the offending ingredients. I’ve been dairy free for over a year now and have had no problem eating at any of my favorite places. In fact, searching the menu for the dairy free choices has led to me order things I’d never tried before.
And the same goes for the past two weeks while trying to avoid all animal products and wheat. While it might be tough in some places and I might have to be that person who annoys me and make changes to what ever I order or ask how something is made so that I can avoid eating something I don’t want to eat, I can now see how this change will open up a whole new set of dining possibilities.
I’m excited about this and I hope you’ll follow along my journey.