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This is week two in a four part series on stuff I said I’d never do. You can find week one, here.
Now that I’m exploring my ‘nevers’, I’m finding that there are actually quite a few of them! I sincerely hope I'm not alone. Please tell me you do things you said you’d never do!
I don’t consider myself a hypocrite. I always try to be honest. Yet, it seems that I’ve amassed a pile of overturned nevers.
Never number two...
"I’ll never stop eating eggs and cheese."
This has been a hard and fast never in my world.
I always applauded vegans for their commitment, but I knew I could never be one.
Side note: Until January, I took an egg and cheese sandwich to Anthropologie for lunch every single day for over four years:-)
My diet has usually included some meat. There have been a few periods of my life when I’ve eaten a completely vegetarian diet. During these phases, I happily omitted meat.
I’ve honestly never been much of a meat eater. My steak was always the last one on the grill. I lost my appetite for chicken during my first pregnancy and I’ve preferred veggie burgers to beef since they were invented;-)
While I usually craved sushi about once a year and I rarely turned down a bite of chicken cheesesteak… eating meat-free wasn’t ever difficult for me.
Cow’s milk was the first non-meat, animal product to go. I loved milk! I swore I’d never give up milk.
Ice cold, skim milk with cereal, a cookie or piece of cake? Yes, please!
Then, an amazing functional wellness doctor urged (more like insisted) that I stop drinking cow’s milk immediately.
So, I did.
I began substituting a homemade blend of almond, soy and rice milks. In less than a week, I knew I’d ‘never’ go back.
So strange how we adapt… even when we’re sure we can’t.
I stopped drinking cow’s milk in early 2007. In truth, I have made a few exceptions when traveling and there wasn’t another option for my coffee:-) Now, I think I'd simply go black.
Late December, 2017, my husband Matthew was preparing to train for his first marathon. He chose a Boston Qualifier because he wants to run the Boston Marathon while our daughter is there for college.
Always the researcher, Matthew began reading books on ultra runners and elite athletes. He discovered that many (if not all) of the athletes he studied are vegan.
As he shares his findings, I can tell we’re headed for a change.
I busy myself eating lots of eggs and cheese.
January 1, 2018, Matthew officially adopted a plant-based, whole food diet as part of his marathon training. I wasn't training for anything, but in solidarity and out of cursiosity, I decide to go along for the ride.
Initially, we figured that we'd likely revert to our previous eating plan after March 18th (Marathon Day).
But as we moved through our first ‘vegan’ month, I could already tell we weren't going back any time soon. (I certainly know enough to not say ‘never’.)
Matthew and I met in the restaurant business. We based our honeymoon around culinary experiences in France. He’s an excellent cook and enjoys preparing delicious meals.
We love to eat really good food.
Even though our diet was already largely vegetarian, I couldn’t imagine eating only plants!
No omelets? No fish? No cheese? No bacon?
I was concerned that eating would no longer be fun.
The pleasure would surely be lost if we adopted a strict vegan diet!
Well, Matthew’s first marathon is in the books. I can report (with a chuckle of utter disbelief) that we won’t be reintroducing animal products any time soon.
We feel better than we have in decades!
Specifically... more energy, clearer thinking, improved sleep, zero bloating, and at least one of us runs faster:-)
And thanks to Matthew’s newly discovered cashew cheese making skills… I’m not even missing cheese!
If you’re intrigued by a plant-based diet and want to know more about the benefits, I'm happy to share what's working for us. But I'd suggest you turn to the experts. There are lots of compelling documentaries and podcasts available. As well as countless books on the subject of plant-based eating.
Here are a few that helped seal the deal for me…
What the Health
From the Ground Up
Forks Over Knives
(If you only click one of the links above, let it be Rich Roll. You'll land on his YouTube channel. There you'll find find links to his podcast, fitness journey and cookbook! He is proof that humans are utterly incredible!)
Come on… your turn.
Please don’t let me be the only person who’s reneged on some 'nevers'!
What ‘nevers’ have you welcomed into your life?
Or... what's your feeling about a vegan diet?
Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I love hearing your thoughts and stories.
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Have an amazing week!
P.S. In case you're wondering... Matthew ran his very first marathon in 3:17:04 and he qualified for Boston! He's a rockstar!
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