What I'm seeing in recent research, is that the Western Diet is ruining our health. Not just obesity - but disease! I'm on a mission. I want to be running, swimming, biking, posing, and lifting weights well into my 70's. I've toyed around with the idea and been unwilling to commit - but I think that mission is worth giving up animal based foods.
So today I gave up meat, dairy, and eggs. Just to try it for one day. I've probably eaten eggs and toast five days a week for the last year. Smelled good when hubby was cooking his up this morning! I put milk in my coffee (oops) and had a little Parmesan cheese on my veggies for lunch. I think the Balance Bar I had for afternoon snack was made with soy and whey protein, but oh well. Ultimately, I would like to follow a 90 - 95% meatless plan. Hubby bought some soymilk this evening, so I could even have some cereal in the morning!
I will be tracking my nutrition on MyNetDiary to make sure I am getting enough to eat. Today I came out like this:
1693 calories - 1700 goal
45g fat - 50 goal
285g carbs - 220 goal
55g protein - 70 goal
32g fiber - 25 goal
I don't have any serious interest in being identified as Vegan or Vegetarian or have any socio-political reasons for following this diet...I don't get in to labels that much. On second thought, I guess a few designations appeal to me, such as: healthy, vibrant, looks younger than her age. If that's what a plant based diet gets me, that will be a label I would gladly wear!