I've been reading "The Kind Diet," and feel that this philosophy of eating/living has been in the back of my mind for years. I started reading Ms. Silverstone's book to improve my thoughts on over-all health, as I truly need to buck up on losing weight and improving nourishment. However, there's been a lack of spiritual and soulful nourishment, in my life, too. I feel that the book's message was articulating something deep within me and I've been 'flirting,' for a couple of days now, with the vegan plan. I've already felt more at peace than I have in a loooong time. Perhaps because these thoughts have been at the back of my mind for awhile, now. Though my sweet hubby isn't following the same plan, he's super supportive and ready to try some new recipes (I LOVE to cook ... and eat!). :)
Thanks for letting me share - this is a huge change to make and I will definitely be looking for helpful ideas and stories from this site, and all of you, as I travel on this journey.
Hi Jules! My husband is exactly the same and it is wonderful. Although he may not make the change in eating that I am he is very supportive and eats what I make anyway :) I, too, feel more at peace and have more of a sense of well-being even though it has only been 2 weeks that I have been fully vegan. I agree that Alicia's book nourishes the body, mind, and soul. I feel that this change I am making is attending to my whole self. Good luck with your journey! Happy New Year!
Hi, Julie - I just wrote a post to you and whitney on whitney's post (wow, that sounded confusing lol) So, I won't type it all over again here. I'll go copy and paste it...make life easier. :) Jenn (www.theplantrx.com)
Here it is (copy and pasted! LOL) I am a physician who advocates a plant-based diet! As a hobby I also keep a blog on Plant-based diets It is largely from a medical perspective of course, because well, that is what I know. I'm here to learn from other people about the benefits from an animal welfare and environmental perspective. That being said my reasoning for adopting a vegan diet for myself was all due to the data on health and wellness benefits. The fact that there are additional benefits on top of that is a wonderful bonus!
If you guys have a few moments you may be interested in taking a look at my blog, particularly a section on our "mini-experiment" that will be starting in two weeks on Jan 15th. It is an experiment in which people who are currently consuming either a SAD diet (std American diet), a flexitarian diet or a vegetarian diet convert to a vegan diet for 60 days. (I only require 60 days for the experiment but I have done this before with patients and they almost always stay with it) I measure various health parameters prior to the onset of the experiment, at the 30d mark and at end. The participants will be blogging about their experience the entire 60 days sharing the experience with my readers. I hope to have bios, etc up by the end of next week! (Actually, I hope to have a lot more done site wide by then, but I digress) I thought it may be interesting since you will be on a similar paths. Also, you guys might be able to help one another out with tips, resources, etc. That's what I love about this community (vegan), everyone is so positive, helpful and supportive. It's so wonderful! Best Wishes, Jenn (www.theplantrx.com)
P.S. The substitution's guide under recipes and cooking resources will help to make non-vegan recipes vegan.