Welcome to ORGANIZINGAPLANTBASEDLIFE.COM and our family’s testimonial of how we navigated switching to a plant based diet! This week, we are celebrating our 5-year “Vegan-versary” and we reflect on the transformative power of this lifestyle change for part of our family of five while honoring the choices of each individual member.
Our journey began when our high school age student-athlete daughter persistently urged us to try a month of plant based living. She was drawn to the lifestyle after watching “THE GAME CHANGERS” documentary and following up with research on her own. Intrigued yet unsure where to start, we embarked on a remarkable lifestyle change that continues to fuel our bodies and enrich our lives. After consideration, our sons (aged 15 and 18 at the time) chose not to follow along on our journey but over time have transformed to appreciate the tasty and healthy food a vegan diet can provide, while still making choices for themselves. They are supportive of us and we are of them.
Discovering a New World of Health and Well-being:
The decision to switch to a plant based diet brought numerous benefits to us. Beyond feeling an overall better sense of well-being, my husband experienced a remarkable outcome. Through this diet change, he successfully decreased his cholesterol numbers to those lower than what he was able to do taking statin medications for over 10 years when he was following a traditional diet. With the approval of his doctor, he was able to stop taking cholesterol medication after relying on it for over a decade. This was earth-shattering for us and is what continues to keep us motivated 5 years in.
Sharing Our Journey:
As our friends and family learned about our plant based lifestyle, they became curious, asking questions such as “What do you eat?” and “How did you manage to give up your favorite foods?” To assist others who were intrigued by our journey, I decided to chronicle the process of switching to a plant based diet. I documented the easy foods we prepared via our PRINTABLE MEAL GUIDES and the strategies we employed through our ORGANIZATION sections. This comprehensive guide was created to empower individuals who are considering switching to a plant based diet, whether fully or simply by incorporating more plant-focused meals into their routines.
Navigating a Mixed Household:
As I mentioned, in our immediate family, we have a mix of plant based and non-plant based eaters. If you find yourself in a similar situation, fear not! We understand the challenges that arise when catering to different dietary preferences under one roof. From suggestions on how to ORGANIZE YOUR PANTRY with multi-dietary considerations to some of our EASY PLANT BASED RECIPES which list suggestions for traditional food additions to accommodate all diets, our guide provides practical tips on how to navigate this scenario while ensuring everyone’s needs are met. We acknowledge that special occasions and holidays may require flexibility or a “flexitarian” mentality, and we offer insights on approaching such situations while maintaining a primarily plant based diet.
Switching to a plant based diet was not without its challenges. Personally, I encountered an adjustment period to adapt to new flavors and textures, especially when experimenting with unfamiliar spices and mock meats. However, perseverance and an open mind allowed me to explore diverse culinary possibilities and discover delicious plant based alternatives. On our website, we share tips on PLANT BASED SWAPS to overcome such obstacles, highlighting strategies that have helped us adapt to new tastes and textures.
Consulting with Professionals:
While our guide is based on our personal experiences and extensive research over the past four years, it is crucial to emphasize that we do not possess specific medical or nutritional expertise. As with any dietary or lifestyle change, it is advisable to consult with a physician or a qualified healthcare professional to ensure that switching to a plant based diet aligns with your individual health needs. To get you started looking at this lifestyle switch from a health-minded perspective, take a look at what the MAYO CLINIC recommends for plant based eating.
Join Us on the Plant Based Journey:
Our guide is designed to provide you with valuable insights and inspiration as you consider switching to a plant based diet. We outline major steps, available options, and tips for a successful transition, allowing you to customize the experience to suit your unique circumstances and preferences. We genuinely hope that the guide we have created will serve as a valuable resource, providing the guidance we wish we had during our own journey of switching to a plant based diet.
Our Final Thoughts and Thanks:
Celebrating our 5-year “Vegan-versary” is a testament to the transformative power of switching to a plant based diet. Throughout this incredible journey, we have witnessed firsthand the positive impact it has had on our health, well-being, and overall quality of life. By prioritizing plant based nutrition, we have not only nourished our bodies but also contributed to a more sustainable and compassionate world.
We hope that our story, experiences, and practical tips have inspired you to consider switching to a plant based diet or further explore this lifestyle. As you embark on your own plant based journey, we encourage you to consult our guide, available on OrganizingaPlantBasedLife.com, for comprehensive information, delicious recipes, and guidance on navigating the transition. Remember to be patient with yourself, embrace new flavors and textures, and seek support from like-minded communities along the way.
Together, we can create a world where plant based diets are the norm, benefiting our well-being, the planet, and future generations. Whether you have questions, comments, or ideas for collaboration, please reach out to us. We deeply appreciate your support and interest. We extend our gratitude for joining us on this remarkable path and wish you immense joy, fulfillment, and good health as you embrace the transformative power of a plant based diet. Here’s to a vibrant and compassionate future for all.