If you would have suggested a little over a year ago that I would give up my weekly steak, fish or chicken I would have said, CRAZY! Yet over the last nine months I have evolved to become not just a vegetarian but a very satisfied totally plant based consumer. That’s right, I am Vegan.
How did it happen? Well, our son Paul had a big part in my transition. Paul is not only a Phoenix fireman, he is one of those rare individuals who love research. He has nearly a photographic memeor and quite possibly total recall; yes it ticks me off at times. I have trouble remembering what day of the week it is, or if I ate breakfast this morning and he can tell you the specifics of a research article he skimmed while waiting at the train stop.
At first Paul would visit with his mother and they would discuss the benefits of healthy eating he uncovered in his research and share a few recipes. I think he figured I would never go for it so he seldom brought the subject up with me. However, as I began understanding the impact that being a carnivore was having on my health and longevity I began formulating a decision. Mind you it wasn’t just the research and knowledge I was gaining that was swaying me, it was the amazingly delicious dishes my wife would prepare, completely plant based. There have been many times when I push away from the table and surmise that the meal I just enjoyed would not benefit in the least by adding meat, chicken, seafood, fish, poultry or even dairy. If you would like to check out a few of Shelli’s recipes just click here..
The amazing thing about our transition is that it is not because we went on a diet or cut down on certain foods. We have had an epiphany, a lifestyle change and it is very satisfying both physically and intellectually. Not only have I lost 20 lbs., seen a drop in my blood pressure, blood sugar and have total cholesterol under 155, I have a sense of longevity that I have not had in years. Then when you calculate in the cost savings, we can walk over to the farmers market on Saturday morning and fill my backpack with 80% of our meals for the entire week; cost around $30 to $40.
Today I am happy to say that my lifestyle does not incorporate the consumption of meat, fish, seafood, poultry or dairy of any kind. I simply don’t need it, I don’t miss it and I don’t lack in any way for having made the transition. In fact, I draw a strong sense of peace and contentment knowing what healthy lifestyle and healthy eating choices Shelli and I have made; thank you Lord, thank you Paul and thank you Shelli, I am vegan.
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