I became a Vegetarian in January of 2016 due to my eldest daughter’s concern for my recurring health problems over the years and her announcement that I was to be a grandmother for the first time. She’s my Mother Earth loving and saving ‘hippy’ child. Just a week prior at Christmas she gave me the gift of the #1 New York Times Best Seller “Forks over Knives”, the companion to the eye opening Documentary of the same name.
With a history of sinus, allergies, bronchitis, upper respiratory infections, and a couple bouts of pneumonia, all of which are recurring health issues throughout my family line, I was willing to listen. As a child I was taken regularly to the Houston Medical Center for injections and the dreaded pin prick testing. Medication for my pretty severe allergies has been a daily staple for me entire life. My children had seen me swallowing medication throughout their lifetime along with vitamins upon vitamins to give me the healthy boost! These were the same pills I was giving my own kids for same problems! Yet here I was in pretty chronically ill health.
It never ceases to amaze me at just how often parents won’t listen to the advice of their children. Passing on sound advice as just a whimsical idea or passing fancy of their own progeny. The best advice I’ve ever received was out of the mouths of my babes and not from the made up minds and overly jaded advice of other adults. I wanted to try, boy did I want to but there was a catch. She said I had to give up meat. WHAT???
Noooooooooo……Being a natural born and raised Texan, this whole give up meat thing wasn’t so appealing to me. How in the world am I supposed to not put another bite of brisket in my mouth? A taco? Fajitas? A rib eye steak? CHICKEN FRIED STEAK? HOW? This is the epitome of treason in my home state. As she kept pointing out to me the different illnesses in our family gene pool and how those family members eating high levels of animal protein on a daily basis were suffering the most, the truth really started becoming clear. Animal protein IS the food pyramid in the south.
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I’m a researcher by nature with a deep need for facts. Eating a plant based diet was introduced to me through the Documentary and the companion book in a non-judgmental and very educational way. Everything made sense and my eyes were opened to the foolishness of my Southern ways. I wanted to live and I wanted to live with good health. I was tired of yo-yo dieting year after year. Tired of being sick and exhausted. I decided then and there that I want too eat LIFE not death.
Forks Over Knives is currently airing on Netflix
From January 2016 to January 2017, I cut out meat and most animal protein. I started drinking soy milk and eating whole grains, cut out processed sugar, white flour..all the icky sticky stuff. It took a while for me to gain my momentum, but slowly, step by step, I did. In that one year alone, I was able to come off of every single daily medication I had been taken. All of them.
I still have had no allergy problems or sinus infections since I made this change. I haven’t been ill. No,colds, flus viruses, sinus issues, nada. Even though she’s heard it from me so many times already, I am so grateful to my daughter for giving me the gift of health and a better way of life.
Stay tuned because in the conclusion of this I will let you in on the change I made in January 2017 that provided even better health and far more mind clarity.
In the meantime, listen to our youth and Eat Life ✌️