Discipline! I lack it in so many ways, especially when it comes to nutrition but for some reason, the one time a year when I tend to get it right is Lent. I am no longer a Catholic so the practice of observing lent by giving up a “vice” is probably more traditional than religious. Every year I still find myself making a decision to do “something” and sticking to it. In years past we would fast from sun up to sun down for the entire Lenten period but these days I just pick a vice to give up, sugar, carbs, social media etc…. This year, I decided I was going to try going plant-based for lent.
Wiki describes plant base as: Foods for humans from plant sources. A plant-based diet is a diet based on foods derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits, but with few or no animal products.
An article from Chopra.com “What is the Difference Between Plant-based and Vegetarian Diet states:”
What is a Plant-based Diet?
- With a plant-based diet, also sometimes called a whole-foods diet, you follow these basic principles:
- Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and healthy oils make up the majority of what you eat
- Meat, fish, poultry and other animal products are allowed, but they are typically eaten infrequently and in small portions
- Processed foods and refined grains and sugars are avoided
- Food quality matters, therefore, locally sourced, organic, non genetically modified foods are preferred
But FAST FOOD! The hardest part is making sure you have the correct foods to be successful. Meal preps and making sure you have easy to eat foods (fast food) on the road with you is key to making sure you are not stopping to buy things you should not be eating “just this once”. I am grateful that in my area we have lots of farmers markets and neighbors who stop by and leave home-grown tomatoes at your door. I eat seafood on the weekends but supplement by protein intake with premier protein shakes (I also use these in place of milk for my oatmeal, coffee etc.).
Not eating sugar is HARD! Not eating refined carbs in HARD! In the Caribbean culture, rice, breads, roti… these are all stables of every meal. However, two weeks of plant-based, I can definitely feel a difference in my body, my head is less foggy, my energy level is better and I feel “lighter”. NOTE: Cauliflower fried rice don’t could never taste like actual fried rice but at least it has the look, texture and makes you feel full although all you’re actually eating is veggies.
Can I make this a lifestyle change? Would you try it with me? Share your comments below.