I am by no means a health nut. I played sports, volleyball specifically, growing up and into my college years so exercise has always been a part of my life. After college, I have been up and down with the frequency of exercise but I haven't ever cut it out completely. I try to do something active for an hour at least 2-3 days a week, plus I have a job that keeps me on my feet all day, so I feel like I'm on track in that department.
When it comes to eating, since I exercise pretty regularly, I have always ate pretty much whatever I want. I don't mean I just eat pizza and pop, but I cook with butter and don't feel guilty about it. I have a sweet tooth that I succumb to more often than not. I could definitely stand to loose 10 pounds, and get back to my college weight, but I don't feel the need to. I'm comfortable with where I am right now.
So to get to my question- DH and I watched a documentary this week called Forks Over Knives that documented research of a few doctors over the last 20 years that have found clear links between animal based diets and degenerative diseases, specifically cancer and heart disease. It's really compelling. It shows several stories of people who were diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and high blood pressure and were able to completely stop their meds after changing their diets to a plant-based, whole food diet. Now, I know all documentaries have agendas and am not one to believe after seeing something once. But, I began reading a few research reports online and even combed through a few books and feel really compelled to make a change.
I've said a million times, especially before I indulge in something unhealthy, life is short and I might as well enjoy what I'm eating. Heck, I have a 97 year old great grandmother who is still going strong and who, I know, ate lots of meat, butter and dairy products throughout her life. BUT I also feel like if I can drastically reduce the chance of contracting a degenerative disease by changing how I eat, well it would be worth it. I know we all have our time, heck I could go tomorrow, and diet might not play a part in that moment, but it might also play a part in helping me live longer and healthier.
SO what do you ladies think? Anyone a vegetarian and want to give me advice? Do you think I'm nuts? DH is trying to loose a good bit of weight before our cruise and I want to be supportive of him, so we are toying with going mostly plant-based and whole food in our diet. This doesn't mean I'm cutting out all animal based products immediately, that is just not realistic, but we are going to try to cut back and switch to more soy products to see if it does have an impact in our energy level, weight, and all the other benefits it is supposed to have . Stay tuned...