NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS HEALTHY FEELS:
“What the Health” documentary makes a profound impact on my lifestyle.
Yup…. After so many useless pleads, threats and logical discussions, a simple evening of exhausted parental date night on TV couch changed my life. Just like that! Sitting in tears and feeling super upset, duped, lied to and pissed off. “What the Health” is a heaven’s sent Netflix documentary that opened my eyes, as I was ignorant and oblivious to the food industry conveyor machine for more than 40 years.
Let me start with my intelligent husband’s herculean efforts, and at times, quite emotional tirades directed at me, family and friends, to say the least; it took me 16 married years to stop laughing at him… Shame on me. Really embarrassing to admit this, but since we met, my husband begged me to become Vegetarian strictly for the health benefit and abandon all the animal based substances as well as processed foods. My reaction: WTF? Just because you are bigger than me, more testosterone driven and really intimidating with your loud frustration doesn’t mean I will change my whooooole way of life for you. Yes, I say yes, to most requests, but this is crossing the line…especially my secure, delicious, daily Atkins inclined diet, that I learned to accept with ease in my 20’s. In reality, meat is all I knew how to prep and cook, really well. Imagine how Forest Gumps’ Bubba friend dreamed of Shrimps, that’s how I dreamed of meat consumption at each meal, even breakfast. If I wouldn’t fulfill this daily cooking quota, then I didn’t perform my duties as a Mom and wife.
Starting with my Russian/Soviet roots, just the idea of juicy, salty savory taste of ANY meet substance makes me drool L I mean, which ancestral relative, in their right mind, would accept meal servings without meat. Soviet Post war children would not be labeled as deprived in this era! This is all we know: fried, overly reconstituted meat filled meals. Flipping through my multigenerational recipes, lovingly shared by my talented Mom, I mourn my beloved chicken soup, meat stew, pierogies, kotletki, nalesniki, cold meat cuts, pig’s fat. Shaking my head as I write this…..It is so sad what we are preconditioned to eat. In fact, my mother in law, when offered any type of salad or greens repeatedly states she is not a COW!
Well, if adopting a plant based diet is needed to regenerate our bodies, then I am proud to be branded as a brain washed hippy, new trend, starving children’s MOM.
My life-long struggle with achieving ultimate body function precipitated my research for holistic alternative solutions decades ago. Treating sick patients while I practiced clinical Nursing and weighing in our ancestors health issues, there is no way I want to struggle with low vigor levels, pain, high blood pressure, cholesterol, stroke, heart disease, anxiety, diabetes, organ failures. What kind of life is this? Who wants to suffer instead of living?
But in recent years, personally feeling no energy, being bloated, addicted and mostly immune to caffeine, gaining weight on the very organic, very much animal protein enriched diet that we follow, made me question everything.
When we discuss this concept with our dear esteemed friends, we get fire, “We all going to die so we will die happy, eating what we want”.
Really? Does that make logical sense to any one? If happy means pain, suffering, immobility, and burden to others (as I treated and witnessed thousands, throughout my nursing career), then, I rather lead “a very sad state of existence”, consuming that which makes me feel alive. Repeating: this is NOT a diet, but a Way of Life…
Note on modern medicine: Being a compassionate and caring RNBSN, I couldn’t support the contemporary industry that temporary patches up patients instead of practicing true healing. Leaving my RN progressive career was a super tough decision. Sacrificing my career ego was necessary to take care of my own needy family in the best holistic manner possible.
My son kept asking what I feel about killing animals and supporting the money making conveyor industry of carnivores…..Today, the cruel treatment of our interconnected earthly cohabitates, will not be discussed here. This topic deserves its own blog and makes me question the “humanity” of the human race. But for the sake of diversity, most definitely becoming a mainly plant based consumer will benefit all animals and our planet’s ecology
My friends, I invite you on this journey of rebirth, by shedding all the pre-conditioned beliefs, parental nagging, and societal conditioning by breaking out of your restrictive mindset shell. Get informed, get together, support and respect and appreciate each other to make your own life a better experience… Invest in yourselves!!! I celebrate all the power house people that already have been enjoying their reclaimed health through this rational change of lifestyle. Not feeling left behind anymore, but instead let’s join this ultimate forward thinking movement together. We need each other’s support, love, and diverse talents. Green, whole, plant based living is our cleansing liberation. Who is with me?
Lastly, can we please share our results with each other? I promise to hold your hand throughout this metamorphosis, sharing ideas, experience and all my recipes with all enlightened souls. For G-d knows, I need support, too, from like-minded people.
This was my first ever blog written from the bottom of the heart. Forgive me for being late, but at least my emotional rant gets out there in the cyber universe.
My updated progress being plant based for a month now: No bloating, no weakness, exhilarated, 6 lbs of lost weight, feeling light and flowy. In my book, it’s totally worth it.
Living you with my mantra: NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS HEALTHY FEELS. That is pure truth.
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