It’s more than being vegan

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“Everyone has to find what is right for them, and it is different for everyone. Eating for me is how you proclaim your beliefs three times a day. That is why all religions have rules about eating. Three times a day, I remind myself that I value life and do not want to cause pain to or kill other living beings. That is why I eat the way I do.” 

Natalie Portman

I have always been interested in being healthy and fit. As I am getting older, I find that this is more important than anything. You could say … if I hope to live to 100 being fit, healthy and of sound mind, healthy living is essential to reaching that goal. The fact that I am just over half way in my journey through life makes it all the more real. I’ll let you do the math on how old I am! You know what they say? A lady never reveals her true age. Well, that’s what the matriarchal women in my Italian family use to say – Una signora non rivela mai la sua età. It’s certainly a message that was reinforced when I use to watch Hollywood starlets declare that very sentiment in many movies of that Golden Age of Hollywood. Oscar Wilde was also on the same page – pardon the pun.

“One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.”

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Why 100? It’s a good solid inning. Plus I would love to get a letter from the Queen or the King? That’s what happens when you live in Australia and its a nation that is part of the Commonwealth.

I have been a part-time vegetarian for most of my life and the change to a complete plant-based way of eating was pretty easy. I don’t like dairy, especially milk. I am not a huge fan of eggs unless they were scrambled with lashings of pepper thrown all over them. I don’t eat any chicken, turkey, pork or duck. When I ate meat it had to be accompanied by sauces, spices or hidden in a bolognese, curry or casserole. Whenever I went to restaurants or cafes I also chose the vegetarian option. I was a vegan in the making. I was waiting to break away from animal products forever. I am also an Animal Advocate and I am very concerned about the cruel treatment of factory farming, the destruction of our environment due to farming practices and our health. I believe that eating animal products is not sustainable for our health or our World. If we could eat less meat it would be a positive start to heal not just ourselves but our planet as well. The Conversation presents five very important reasons why this should be seriously considered:

  1. It impacts greatly on our Environment
  2. It requires enormous amounts of grain, water and land
  3. It affects the poorer communities on our planet
  4. Animals are suffer unnecessarily
  5. It is making us ill

The biggest killer in our communities who are eating a Western Diet of animal products, along with processed goods high in trans fats, refined sugar and grain and salt is Heart Disease.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major cause of death in Australia, with 43,477 deaths attributed to CVD in Australia in 2017. Cardiovascular disease kills one Australian every 12 minutes.
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Plant-based Whole Foods

I started my journey on a whole foods plant-based diet due to menopause. I was always lean and fit and ate fairly well, most of the time. I had already gone down the road of eliminating sugar with the I Quit Sugar program which has now closed up shop. I was doing very well until menopause hit. I was putting on weight and nothing was stopping it. I discovered and joined a program called My Menopause Transformation (MyMt) run by Wendy Smart PhD from New Zealand and this program had started to veer me closer to a plant-based diet. By the way, in five weeks I have lost over 5 kgs of the 15 kgs I had stacked on in the past three years. In learning more about eating more plant-based, I came across a documentary called Knives over Forks on Netflix. I had heard about the documentary. It was an eye-opener and it seriously spoke to me. The documentary was only halfway through when I made the decision immediately to go whole foods plant-based. I did it immediately and I have been a convert now for four weeks and going strong. For me, I was nearly there anyway. My husband has now come on board and we are hoping that this change in eating will naturally reduce his high cholesterol to avoid him taking medication which is something he does not want to do. This is his goal. I will check in again in three months time when he has had his cholesterol checked again to see if it has been reduced. My daughter isn’t quite there yet but overall her eating habits have improved and this means we hardly have any takeaway or eat any processed and refined foods. So for us, it has been a positive inclusion into becoming more balanced and healthy. Maybe there is a chance to get a letter from the British monarchy!

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