Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects. ~ Dalai Lama.
One of my resolutions for 2019 was to make it my healthiest year ever. I had to read and work hard to achieve it. Even though I started on a normal BMI it did not mean I was at my best. There was so much room for improvement. I have worked really hard to get to where I am at. Exercise and diet have been my focus in order to achieve the goal. Seeing my daughters learn and be inspired to exercise and eat healthy has been an unexpected reward that fills me with joy.
It has been 6 years since my family, and I decided to eat a plant-based diet and make it a lifestyle choice and the health results have been amazing. Cholesterol levels dropped, our skin is healthier, we feel more alert and stronger. The choice for us was made as an experiment for medical reasons and it has worked. But changing to a healthier you takes time. It has taken time for us too. Growing up in the Caribbean where we roast a pig for Christmas and even the songs celebrate such an event, it was a shock to many. As a matter of fact, most didn’t think we’d ever make it. They thought it’d be some fad we tried and then give up. Through this healthier journey, we have discovered so many new flavors and options. There have been times (mostly dusting our travels) that we try some local non-plant-based food, but it has become almost nonexistent lately for us.
The journey of a healthier you starts with one step; your decision to be a better you. It takes courage and consistency, and it is worth it. Once your body feels the new fuel you are feeding it, you will feel as you can walk better, exercise, enjoy time and even feel mental clarity.
Another reason to include plant-based recipes in your repertoire is the environmental effects. Scientific data backs the amount of damage caused by livestock farming daily on planet Earth. There is no planet B. It is on us to take care of it and simple acts make a big difference in the future of our planet. Would you be okay living in a home that you know has a CO leak? Carbon monoxide (CO) leaks in a house could harm health in the short term and result in symptoms like dizziness, asphyxiation, confusion, fatigue, vertigo, headaches, tinnitus, and even seizures. I am sure this issue will move to the top of your list to fix it. It is similar to our bigger home- Earth. Every little bit helps.
Recently, Ms. Oprah Winfrey challenged herself and her audience to a 30-day challenge to eat just one plant-based meal a day. Just one. Of course, Ms. Oprah has access to chefs and other resources that most don’t- including me. However, the point remains the same. Even one meal a day per person has an impact. That’s when we see and feel the ripple effects of a single pebble… The plant-based industry has grown so much in the past years that there are so many frozen substitutes to the meat that your palate won’t be able to tell the difference. Of course, fresh is better but those frozen options are still better and healthier than a fast-food burger and cheaper!
Check out the article link I’ve added for more information as well as details of Lady O’s challenge. There are recipes available for ideas and inspiration that could be added to your Thanksgiving celebration. Imagine not gaining extra pounds while enjoying the holiday festivities. We can all start working towards a healthier new decade today.
I am also excited to announce the launch of a new product coming 2020 to help educate and improve your health by providing fast and easy access to nutrients in just one delicious serving. Sign up for our newsletter for updates on the upcoming products and recipes!
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