If you asked me to give up meat and dairy two years ago, I would have laughed. Due to my husband’s health issues, however; I found myself at a Plant-Strong Diet class at Whole Foods Market. The presenter, Gerrie, shared how she cured herself from a serious medical condition through this diet. She’d gotten my attention, and I listened intently as she reviewed the studies that show how going plant-strong dramatically reduces one’s risk of heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
Captivated by the class, I poured myself into research. I quickly came to believe that going plant-strong would help my husband reduce his blood pressure and cholesterol and that we’d lose weight, improve our skin and reduce our chances of having a stroke or getting heart disease, cancer, diabetes or dementia. There was no denying the phenomenal benefits, but was it worth it? The diet just sounded extreme.
From where I’m at now, I can tell you that it’s absolutely worth it. You can’t put a price tag on your health and looking great is icing on the cake! More than this, once you get used to it, the diet doesn’t feel extreme at all. Most people who go plant-strong find the transition easier and MUCH tastier than they expected.
This is not to say that it’s not challenging in the beginning. In fact, my husband and I only went plant-based Monday through Friday at first because it sounded too difficult to do all the time. And even following the diet part time was hard for awhile. As I discovered easy and delicious plant-strong recipes, even amazing sugar-free dessert recipes, however; it became easier. After a few months, my husband and I came to love plant-strong eating so much that we started doing it all the time. Now we can’t imagine going back to how we ate before.
Of course, it took a lot of convincing for us to take the plunge. If you’re at the point now where you’re wondering if this diet is too extreme, I know where you’re at. You don’t want to give up hamburgers, cheese, ice cream and bacon. You don’t want to change your routine. You don’t want to learn a new way of eating. You don’t want the hassle. What’s more, you’re afraid that it means a life of denial.
I get it, change is hard. When I think about the suffering my neighbor’s son is experiencing in his seventh month of dealing with leukemia, however; I can only imagine that this is harder. I went out to lunch with my neighbor today and felt for her as she tearfully spoke about her son’s condition and the pain it was causing him, his wife, his kids and her.
Imagine what it would feel like for your doctor tell you, “You’ve got cancer.” What is it worth to you to know that you’ll likely never have to hear that? Or what is it worth to you to finally lose that extra weight? Or to finally have the clear, beautiful skin you’ve always wanted? Or to know that the odds are against you having a heart attack and leaving your loved ones far too early?
Which is more extreme, suffering from disease or changing your diet? Only you can make that decision, but I can tell you that if you choose to go plant-strong you’ll find it’s not nearly as extreme as it first appears. It’s just new and different. It’s like learning a new sport, you have to learn the rules and practice the plays before it becomes familiar and comfortable. Just as you can learn to play tennis, you can learn to go plant-strong. And once you learn how to play, you’ll discover that plant-strong eating is more fun, fulfilling and delicious than you ever imagined!
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