By Molly Patrick
Jan 10, 2017,
There are lots of no-brainer reasons to eat more whole plant foods and less and less of everything else, until you’re just chillin’ like a rabbit, with some salad hanging out of your mouth, a green smoothie in your hand, and a brownie made out of black beans for dessert.
As a side note, if you’ve never had brownies made out of beans, I 100% understand that it sounds fucking awful, but I assure you that it’s surprisingly tasty.
Eating a diet full of plants won’t make you immortal. It won’t turn you into Gwyneth Paltrow. It won’t cure the incurable.
- But it will make you feel really damn good and full of energy.
- It will help you to sleep like a rock.
- It will lower your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.
- It will help to protect against type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancers.
- It will prevent you from ever being constipated again.
- It will help you to reach the perfect weight for your frame.
- It will reduce inflammation in your body.
And it will strengthen your immune system, making colds and flus few and far between and the duration a lot shorter when you do pick something up.
There’s also no arguing that factory farming does brutal and irreversible damage to our land and our environment. And to top it off, eating a diet full of plants spares the lives of many an animal.
No other way of eating provides so many wins all in one scrumptious bite.
When people make the transition to eating plants full time, the results and the benefits start to happen quickly, within a matter of a couple of weeks.
After a month, people feel so good that they wish they would have done it sooner. And that’s usually when people start trying to get their family and friends on board with this way of eating. And I fully understand why.
When we make changes that impact our life in such a positive, fierce and empowering way, we want to spread the word and share the joy with our people. Trying to get people to hop on board the plant train with you is done out of love, caring and compassion. I feel that.
However, your friends and family might not see it as such. It’s possible that they see it as pushy, controlling, annoying and like it’s straight out of a PETA ad. Ouch.
At the end of the day, regardless of how good the argument is for changing anything in someone’s life, people won’t change until they’re good and ready to change.
Until then, they won’t be open to your hints, talks, requests, frustrations or convincing. And that’s okay.
Because if people attempt to change only because you want them to, it’s a recipe for resentment and disaster. Only when someone is truly ready for change will they make it happen.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been told many times that I should change or quit certain behaviors (and even people) in my life. And even though it was said out of care, I had to lovingly tell them to back off because I had to change, morph and grow in my own time. EVEN IF what they were suggesting was the right move.
If I tried to change just because someone else wanted me to, the change would have never stuck because it wouldn’t have been mine. I needed to want to change. And then I needed to own my change. That’s the only way that change will ever happen.
So instead of choosing the uphill battle
of trying to convince people to eat better, let it go and focus on you instead.
If you keep making the best food and lifestyle choices for you, then your glow, your health and your radiance will eventually inspire the people around you and they will start asking questions because they’re gonna’ want some of what you got! Or maybe not, but when people you love are ready to start making changes to their diet, they’ll know EXACTLY who to come to. And THEN a beautiful and helpful conversation can begin.
So lead by example, let go of trying to control the timeline of other people’s food journey, and be open to answering questions and guiding people in the right direction when and if they come to you.
You can absolutely offer them some of your delicious plant based food in the meantime. Just know that it will taste better to them if it isn’t served with a side of guilt and a sprinkle of expectations to eat this way all of the time.
When your people are ready and they come to you for guidance, start by just telling them about your experience.
After that, you can refer them to any of the following resources. These are my favorite and most trusted plant based teachers, websites, books and documentaries.
Whether someone in your life wants to slip their toes into the plant based waters or get stark-ass naked and do a cannonball directly into the deep end, these resources will help them on their journey. And if you aren’t familiar with any of these people or resources yourself, definitely check them out.
Educating yourself about food is a sure way to stay motivated and excited to keep eating lots of plants. You little bunny, you.
Plant Based doctors and Dieticians
Dr. Michael Greger
Dr. Joel Fuhrman
Dr. Garth Davis
Dr. Doug Lisle
Dr. Neal Barnard
Dr. T. Colin Campbell
Jack Norris (registered dietitian)
Jeff Novick (registered dietitian)
Brenda Davis (registered dietitian)
Virginia Messina (registered dietitian / as another side note, I can’t look at the name Virginia without thinking it says Vagina)
Nutrition Facts (Dr. Greger’s site)
Clean Food Dirty Girl (but of course!)
UC Davis Integrative Medicine Blog
The Vegan RD
PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)
Find a plant based doctor near you
How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger
The Pleasure Trap by Dr. Doug Lisle
Super Immunity by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
Proteinaholic by Dr. Garth Davis
Whole by Dr. T Colin Campbell
Forks over Knives
The Game Changers
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Got the Facts on Milk? (The Milk Documentary)
What the Health
What are your go-to plant based resources? Share them in the comments below!
Today’s recipe is packed with flavor and plant based goodness. Serve with a side of brown rice and a big green salad. Trust, everyone will be satisfied, no matter how they eat.
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
- ¼ cup red onion, cut roughly (about on quarter of a medium-sized onion)
- 1 jalapeño, stem cut off and discarded and then cut into thirds (remove the seeds if you don’t like spicy)
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
- 1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and chopped
- 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (14 g)
- 1/2 cup water (120 ml)
- 3 cups russet potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 3 medium-sized / 435 g)
- 3 cups cauliflower, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces (295 g)
- 1/2 cup frozen peas (70 g)
- Heat a skillet over low heat for about 2 minutes and then add the cumin seeds and the mustard seeds. Toast the seeds for about a minute, just until they become fragrant. Don’t toast them for too long or they will burn and taste bitter.
- Place the toasted cumin and mustard seeds into your blender, along with the red onion, jalapeno, garlic, ginger, turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt, cilantro, and water. Blend until totally smooth and there are no chunks of anything.
- Heat a large pot over medium low heat for about a minute and then add the potato, cauliflower, frozen peas, and the blended sauce. Stir and place a cover on the pot.
- Cook for about 17 minutes, gently stirring occasionally to make sure no veggies are sticking to the pot. This is a thick curry, so by the time it’s done cooking, all of the liquid should be absorbed and all the veggies should be soft.
- Garnish with more cilantro and serve over brown rice.
Wishing you a happy week. May it be filled with letting go of shit you can’t control.
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