I have been on a whole food plant based (WF/PB) meal plan for 3 weeks. I wasn’t planning on a change but I recently received my blood work results from my annual physical. There was nothing above the recommended levels but some things did increase (A1C, cholesterol) and it surprised me.
I tried to rationalize why the results increased. We were on sabbatical, I’m getting older, I had an arm injury and wasn’t able to the weights like I had been doing. Those were all excuses. I thought about it and I hadn’t changed what I was eating. I was still eating veggies, protein and carbs so I couldn’t figure out why the results were higher than before.
Then Gail told me about an offer to review a soon to be released documentary called Eating You Alive. The documentary is about the health benefits of eating whole food plant based meals (WF/PB). Please take a look at our 2 posts with our interview with the producers (part-1 and part-2).
After watching the documentary, I knew I had to try this. I’ve tried several meal plans (high carb, low carb, macros, etc.) but this one really touted the health benefits. There’d need to be some changes but Gail and I agreed to try the WFPB for a month. We had nothing to lose.
The first week was definitely a change as I had been eating beef, pork, chicken, and fish my entire life. They weren’t drastic changes as I usually eat brown rice, veggies, and a protein 4 days during the work week. The main difference was my protein was now coming from plants. But I was pleasantly surprised that there were other tasty protein options (beans, legumes, tempeh, etc.). I thought I’d miss chicken but I don’t. IMO, it doesn’t really have much flavor, no matter how hard we marinated or tried to season it. And the good thing is I’m back to eating beans again, which is fantastic. Welcome back refried beans!
I always drank unsweetened tea after lunch to keep me awake in the afternoon. In the 2nd week I noticed I didn’t feel sleepy after lunch. After a few days of drinking water during lunch, I didn’t drink any unsweetened tea at all the rest of the week! I’ll still keep drinking tea for the health benefits but now it won’t be for the caffeine.
I also haven’t noticed any lack of energy when exercising. I thought I’d have less energy but I’m glad I was wrong about that. Waking up is also easier, which helps me meditate better (vs. dozing off when I meditated) in the mornings. Another side benefit is it also allows me to get to the gym earlier when it’s less crowded
Next 2 Weeks
I’m looking forward to the next 2 weeks. I already feel better but I’d like to see what physical changes there may be. I knew I needed to make a change and so far this has been a change for the better. Gail and I had nothing to lose when we started this but now I’m looking forward to the gains!
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