My Navigation Menue

Stages of Healthy-Style Eating

Peppers from Granville Island Public Market Vancouver, BCOver the years, we’ve always been conscious about eating the right things, however, it has become obvious that we weren’t doing all that we could to maintain or even improve our overall health.  When we first decided to eat less red meat and eat more healthy forms of dairy (such as yogurt), as well as more green leafy salads and fruit, then we thought we could surely see and feel the difference.  However, this was not the case.  Although we’ve enjoyed good health, we still weren’t seeing positive improvements – not in weight or in our lab results.  We had continued this same style of eating for years — with exactly the same results — but were in the rut of thinking that we were doing the right thing.

So, in the past several months, we have continued to tweak our style of eating and try vegetarian.  But although I was not cooking meat, I noticed that some of the recipes didn’t make health sense.  Just because one deletes meat, that doesn’t mean cheese is a healthy replacements.  So, from vegetarian, I proceeded to veganism.  Veganism, in short, means no dairy.  Again, just because one does not eat eggs or yogurt does not necessarily mean one’s eating is healthy.  An example of this could be french fries cooked in oil.

Our diet has evolved in the past several months to what is now plant-based.  Plant-based means eating vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. It’s the simplest meal planning and eating I’ve ever done!  I have several plant-based cookbooks that have fabulous, healthy recipes that I’ve used for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Although I still use a few recipes from my vegetarian cookbook, many of the recipes still call for milk, eggs, margarine or butter, oil, sour cream, and nut butters.  All of these ingredients I’ve learned to cook without.  Plant-based means eating veggies and fruits, and a variety of grains such as whole grains, millet, quinoa, and rice.  It also means cooking and baking a variety of foods that are not prepared with oils of any kind.  Although oil (and especially olive oil) has always been touted as heart-healthy, it’s still a FAT.  Foods are water sautéed or steamed with fresh herbs and we never miss the olive oil.

Please Share......Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on LinkedInPin on PinterestShare on TumblrEmail this to someoneShare on StumbleUpon

, , , , , , ,

4 Responses to Stages of Healthy-Style Eating

  1. Deb Hill November 11, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    I hadn’t been on your blog since you wrote about your European river trip. You’ve added a lot! Really interesting stuff! Also, your writing style is evolving. It’s more relaxed and personal than when you first started. Very enjoyable reading! Love you, sis!!!

    • mm
      Shelli Elledge November 12, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

      Hi Deb! Thank you for commenting! Yes, we’re having fun and doing some experimenting — both with writing style and with photography. Ron is working on several videos, so stay tuned!!

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Mushroom Stroganoff | - September 6, 2013

    […] But it also goes well with steamed broccoli or a garden salad.  This is a great comfort-food  and healthy eating […]

  2. Veggie Fajitas, Bell Pepper, Mushroom, and Onion - September 21, 2013

    […] Related Articles: 10 Ways That Helped Us Transition to a Plant-Based Diet            Stages of Healthy-Style Eating […]

Leave a Reply


Designed at writtenFYI 2013

Visit Us On TwitterVisit Us On PinterestVisit Us On FacebookVisit Us On Instagram