I’ve been helping a friend switch his diet from one focused on fast food to one that includes more plant-based foods. As we work together, I see some of the challenges many people face as they try to “eat healthier.”
We all hear the message to choose healthier foods, but if you have never known what those look like, how would you know what to choose?
I speak often of my bout with pre-diabetes. For me it was a warning and what led, in part, to my adoption of a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle. When I think about that time (now more than 5 years in the past) I can’t help feeling a little upset at the messages I heard.
I learned how to be cheap at a young age. Well, maybe frugal. Whatever word you use for it, I learned from the best. My dad. He could do vacations cheap and tasty.
When we traveled, six of us crammed into a sedan pulling a tent-trailer that was full of everything we needed for two weeks, including food and block ice to keep it cold.
I just heard about a four-part series called Prescription: Nutrition on the powerful benefits of plant-based eating.
The first episode aired last week. It’s focused on nutrition and it is educational. Michael Greger, M.D., from NutritionFacts.org is a part of this series. The series explores the health benefits of a plant-based diet, and discusses the current cultural shift on how we approach our relationship with food.
When starting on a whole-food, plant-based journey, feeling cynical is normal. I did and I’ve heard from some of my students that sometimes they do too.
For me, one area where I expressed cynicism was in the idea of “sauteeing” in water instead of oil. I complained the food didn’t smell as good as it cooked. That using water made me boil the food not saute it. That I was losing good flavor.
Another area was hunger. I’m a slow eater so it sometimes felt like I just finished breakfast and I’d