This month marks my family’s one-year anniversary of choosing to live this healthy, plant-strong lifestyle. If you are new to my blog, I discuss why we made the change here. Basically, though, the change was for long-term health, not weight loss. That said, in a year’s time, my husband has lost 35 lbs and I have lost 25 lbs. My children have overcome eczema and chronic constipation, I’m sure mostly due to the lack of dairy, with its myriad detrimental effects. So even though we made the change to reduce our risk factors for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease (among other illnesses), we have reaped serious benefits in the short term as well. Our energy is through the roof; my husband just completed his first full marathon and I have run 2 half-marathons and an obstacle course mud run. We eat a fairly balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, beans and lentils, whole grains, nuts and seeds, plant-based milks, and once in a great while, we will have a small amount of chicken or fish.
If you are interested in learning more about the health benefits of eating this way, I recommend watching the Forks Over Knives film documentary, reading Eat to Live or The China Study, and if you are a parent, Disease-Proof Your Child is an absolute must.