I use the word ‘Diet’ in the title of this post but the truth is, I am not on a diet. At least not the stressful kind of diet we all dread. Unfortunately, the word diet has many negative associations. Following a plant based diet is a lifestyle choice I make every day.
I do not count calories. I do not obsess about my carb intake. I do not feel bad when I eat dessert. It is VERY important to note that I used to do all three things on a daily basis!
I have been following a plant based diet for the past year and eight months. By default, I am also a vegan. I choose the plant based terminology because it is very possible to be an unhealthy vegan. My food intake focuses on fresh whole foods, preferably local foods and minimal amounts of packaged food.
I have encountered much support and curiosity from others while on this journey but the most common misconception is that eating this way is incredibly limiting. I am here to shout from the rooftops that infact, following this lifestyle has been anything but limiting for me. Just the opposite! I feel liberated.
Let me explain why this is:
1- Eating this way has opened me up to discover new foods and tastes I never knew existed.
3- Choosing to think about what I am putting into my body has brought extreme self-awareness into my life. This awareness helps me make healthy choices and better decisions.
4- I eat what nourishes and fuels my body as opposed to simply eating whatever is around because I am hungry.
5- There is now an extra step involved before I eat that has changed my life in a profound way. That step is thought.
6- Having said that, I do not have to think about calories. And I don’t.
7- I do not have to think about carbs. And I don’t.
8- I do think about what my body needs at a specific time of day in order to feel my best and perform at my best.
9- When I became good friends with my body, took the time to get to know what it was really asking of me, it became harder to make bad choices. I would compare it to the feeling you get when letting a good friend down! So I step up and show up for my body, my friend.
10- Eating this way has improved my health and well being significantly.
11- I de-cluttered my food options. I got rid of all the extra stuff that was not benefiting my body. Just like getting rid of my extra physical stuff provided me with a lighter sense of being, I now feel lighter in my body as well.
I initially stumbled across minimalism by following a plant based diet. What minimalism and plant based living has taught me is that simplifying is a very different word than limiting. I have simplified my life and it has liberated me. Simplifying various areas of my life came about very organically and just felt right. A heavy weight has been lifted. A weight I did not know existed until it had been removed from my life, allowing me to exist happily, peacefully and simply.
I often provide links from the website Daily Om. I enjoy most of the messages they provide in the form of short bursts of inspiration. Here are two posts that relate to the feelings I have discovered from living a more simple life. Enjoy them!
I would love to read about your experience with food, diet and any plant based journey you have experienced! Post in the comments section below if you would like to share.
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