A lot of you would know that in August last year (2016) I decided to start eating more of a plant based diet.
This was something I had wanted to try for a while; in fact it was actually one of my “new years resolutions” for 2016.
It wasn’t until I did a liver tea cleanse for 21 days in August and to get the most out of the cleanse was to follow a plant based diet for the first 14 days.
The pack came with a recipe book which I chose my favourite meal choices and stuck with them. I actually still use a couple to this day.
I kept this up even in the third week, even when it said you can start introducing fish for this week and slowing increasing back to meat proteins.
I however didn’t. I had fallen in love with eating plants and natural foods that didn’t come from animals.
This month will actually be 10 months since I changed my eating lifestyle and it has been the best thing for my body and most of all my health.
I do not label myself as a “vegan” as I eat intuitively. What I mean by this is over the last 10 months, if I feel like eating some seafood, then I listen to my body and I will have some seafood.
This is not every day or every week but I still do have seafood. And there might be on the odd occasion I have some feta or halloumi cheese.
Most people would classify me as a “Pescatarian” however I don’t eat eggs anymore. Gone are the days of loving a soft runny poached egg. I just can’t. I’ve watched too many documentaries on eating animal products.
I do not consume dairy products except for the odd cheese as mentioned above.
I have even converted myself over the last 10 months of my plant based journey to ONLY having almond milk coffees.
1 – Since living a plant-based lifestyle, I have learnt to have such a greater appreciation for Mother Nature and the food it provides. There is so much you can prepare and cook with fruit, vegetables, grains and legumes.
It’s actually crazy how many meals you can re-create to fit a plant-based way of life. I definitely don’t go without and I am always feeling amazing after my meals.
2 – I eat more fresh fruit and vegetables then I ever have before. I believe this is a great thing for anybody’s health. They are packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals and I feel so much better for it.
It has allowed me to become more creative in the kitchen then I ever have been before. Cooking is enjoyable now. Did I just say that? Haha, yes, yes I did.
3 – Last but not least, I believe eating a majority plant-based diet has saved my health. I have been through a pretty crazy journey in terms of hormone health,
For two and half years I battled with oestrogen dominance and below average adrenal health. And to put it bluntly, it bloody sucked!
I have been told that when a female starts to eat a plant based diet it can really help to naturally re-set your hormones, which if that is 100% true, I believe this is what has happened to me.
I feel like I have come out the other side. I am not longer puffy and feeling like crap. I’m full of life and energy and I eat more then I ever have, which is great because I LOVE food!
I am still on my gut-healing journey. Nurturing my gut will be something I will always do for optimal health because all of your health starts in the gut.
If your gut is out, everything is out, including your hormones.
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