Eating a plant-based diet is a little different than the blood type diet. At least on the blood type diet I still had my best friend – meat. I had to educate myself and fine tune my brain so that I could embrace this new way of eating. I finally came to the conclusion that I had to part ways with meat because of its’ acid producing qualities.
I learned that it would be better for my stomach if my body was more alkaline rather than acidic.
Initially, I cried when I thought about being on plant-based diet and these were my thoughts:
- I’m not crazy about vegetables, I barely think about them
- How much salad can a person eat in one day?
- Vegetable have no taste – whatsoever
- How can I survive on vegetables alone?
- My hair will fall out
- I love meat
- I don’t know how to be any other way
As you can see from the thoughts I had, I was very ignorant about the benefits and rewards of a plant-based diet. I had to fine tune my brain and make a commitment to my health. Instead of focusing on my taste buds and the foods I will have to eliminate from my diet, I made the choice to focus on the beautiful nutrient-based, whole foods surrounding me and that were readily available to nourish my body and take care of my stomach. Will I miss the taste of a juicy hamburger or the crunch of buttery fried fish? probably, maybe, especially if I smell them, but I am tired of being tired and sick of being sick. I think this is the path I should take now and I am embracing it. So far I feel better, I look better and most importantly I feel my stomach is happier and I’m actually doing something to help heal it besides taking a pill everyday.
As with any new venture encouragement is needed. I find encouragement in the results I’ve experienced in my body and in my favorite documentaries:
“Forks over Knives”, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”, “Hungry For A Change” to name a few. Books such as: Kris Carr’s “Crazy, Sexy, Diet”, Dr. Koufman’s “Acid Reflux Diet” and the countless recipes and information I’ve researched online. All of these have helped me walk confidently on this less traveled, and often misunderstood road.