Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. -Hippocrates (460 BC to 377 BC)
Five weeks ago now I made a vow to myself to get healthy in all aspects of my life. I mean, how can I truly feel abundant in my life if I am neglecting (or ignoring) my body? I’ve always been an active mama; I love the outdoors, so hiking became a higher priority in my life, as well as adding some resistance training back into the mix. I stopped drinking more than a glass of wine an evening, and my body is feeling, and looking good.
My fiance and I forged ahead, nutritionally, with clean eating. What is clean eating anyway? I mean, I usually wash my veggies before I eat them, does that count? Clean eating is eating foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. That means no processed food, no genetically modified food, eating whole grains, eating lots of organic vegetables and fruit, eating 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day, and buying organic dairy, eggs, and meats.
It’s funny how the law of attraction works sometimes. I made a conscious decision to treat my body with respect and because of that something happened…
Joel and I have this new ritual to watch a food documentary every weekend, to keep us excited and motivated to maintain our healthy lifestyle. We watched A Delicate Balance, not knowing that it had anything to do about the concept of how harmful animal protein is in our diets. Yikes!
While watching A Delicate Balance (besides being told over and over again that you will get cancer if you eat meat) a couple things stood out to me. First, and most importantly was how damaging dairy is to my body, in particular.
I’ve been a Type 1 Diabetic since I was twelve years old. See there is a protein in dairy milk called A1 beta-casein, and by ingesting it, it may have led to the autoimmune destruction of my pancreatic beta-cells (click here for a detailed medical journal on this). So, in short, drinking milk may have triggered my Type 1 Diabetes, and it may also be a contributing factor to my body continually attacking my insulin cells.
I have an almost 17 month old daughter that has been drinking over 16 ounces of homogenized milk every day since she was one. She may already have a genetic disposition to get Type 1 Diabetes because she is my daughter, and if I can prevent that from manifesting in any way I will. So, no more dairy milk for us!
The second thing that stood out to me in A Delicate Balance was that not eating meat, dairy, or eggs was very doable. If eating organic veggies, whole grains, and legumes, and avoiding refined sugars and oils made my body healthier, and kept diseases away, I’m definitely willing to give it a try. Did you know that only 5-10% of cancer is hereditary? That means that the other 90-95% of cancer is caused by environmental factors, including what we eat!
So, on Saturday, March 16th Joel and I are going vegan for a 30 day challenge! I think it’ll be great, and we’ll not only look great, but feel great. Besides, getting rid of the cheese will be the hardest part; if I can do that, I can do anything.