My Mum purchased The Kind Diet for me and I'm currently reading chapter four. Some pages have so far left me crying.... I'm wanting to change. I've always wanted to be a vegetarian and over the last few months I've come to terms with my meat eating. I've tried eating no meat in the past, but I absolutely hate most vegetables. My husband starting following the Thrive Diet and he is looking awesome. My meat loving husband has made me feel more comfortable with the change. Honestly if he wasn't on board I knew I would fail.
I had my first child in December '09... I was loosing weight and then due to some muscle and nerve issues I gained 20 lbs over the fall and I'm very depressed about my 180lbs weight. I'm 10lbs from my birth weight! I'm also concerned about what my eating habits are teaching my almost 14 month old. I didn't want her to eat meat and then I was concerned about what was in the milk, etc.....
With my supreme lack of energy, a gut that gets in my way, wanting my child to be either vegetarian or vegan, wanting to get healthy so I can HOPEFULLY have another child (took seven years for her)... so many reason I want to follow this way of life. I love the way the book is putting everything together - reminding me of stuff I've formerly read, tried to teach others (but failed myself) - it makes me want to change and makes it seem not so daunting.
Though, my biggest hurdle is to try and figure out the dos and don'ts for my toddler!!!
Sorry this is so choppy. I have two minutes free from the toddler!!!!
Good for you! You can do it! That is what we all say here :)
The more you read the more you will learn that a wholesome plant-based diet really CAN give you all of the nutrients you need--including for a toddler. There are lots of Vegan Mommy blogs out there too. This is one of my favs but warning she is also a RAW FOODIST which is a little more extreme but super inspiring for me.
Also, you need to read The China Study by Dr. Colin Campbell. That will give you much more information on why plant-based diets are SO SO SOOOO much healthier for our bodies (and of course the planet)! GOOD LUCK!
Welcome and congrats already. I say that because just by coming here and talking about it you are doing far better than most people ever do. You have a lot of courage and should be very proud of yourself for that. Seriously, what you are trying to do is the single best thing you can possibly do for yourself and your toddler. I truly believe that. I am a physician who advocates a plant-based diet and can tell you that I've personally seen the health benefits: weight loss, reduction in cholesterol (therefore heart disease), diabetes, etc. I am actually doing a study right now on the health benefits of a plant based diet in which all the study parameters and results I am posting online in the interest of full transparency. In fact, the participants are also blogging about their experiences for the entire 60 days of the study. We kicked off the study 12 days ago. Feel free to take a look at it and visit the participants pages. You might find it really interesting. (www.theplantrx.com) Also, you may want to read Dr. Spock's work. This may be very helpful to you regarding your toddler. These 2 links wills get you started: