Eight years before I became a vegan, I was on a bus full of tourists on our way to a swamp tour down in New Orleans. This being my first time in Crescent City, I asked where a vegetarian like me could find meatless dishes. Everyone had a good laugh at my expense when the bus driver quipped, “Down here we don’t eat to live, we live to eat.”
Since then, my eating regimen has switched from vegetarian to vegan, back to vegetarian – all in an effort to discover what foods work for and against my body. Now I’ve settled on a dairy/meat-free, plant-based diet, with a very low interest in most processed foods. In going through these transitions, I’ve learned a few things:
• Dairy foods cause inflammation that disappeared when I stopped ingesting them.
• The high sodium in processed vegan foods were just as unhealthy as a McDonald’s hamburger.
• Eating foods as close to their natural state as possible helped them to flow through my digestive system easily.
And it’s crazy how changing a bad eating plan to a healthy one that will sustain you for life can have such a productive impact on other aspects of your life. For me that means ENERGY. More energy to actually work on the many me’s that I have vying for attention inside of me: the artist me; the writer me; the fitness me; the yogi me; the blogger me; the traveler me; thee motorcycle me; and definitely the Nana/Mom me. I could go on because that’s what life is about for me: having the energy to try new things, meeting new people, and exploring new places in the huge world. Being satiated means more to me than just having a full belly.
Here’s to being your best you!