So, I have been thinking about this for some time and I’ve decided to embark on a new journey. I am hoping it will be a journey to longterm health and wellness. Most of you who know me, know that I have alternatively won over and struggled with living a healthy lifestyle for most of my adult life.
2016 has been a keen example of this rollercoaster existence, where for the first half of the year I was getting fit and eating well as preparation to undertake the challenge and experience of a lifetime. This phase peaked in May/June when I set out on and completed the 800km/500mile pilgrim walk from the Pyrenees in the South of France to the city of Santiago de Compostela. As I finished the Camino I was on top of the world, fit and happy and determined to push on from there to new heights of wellness. However the second half of the year, did not go as I had hoped. As a result of injury and immobility and the frustration associated with that I am now back to where I was 12 months ago, overweight, feeling unwell and not living at my peak.
As a person who has tried every diet and weight loss fad known to woman, I know that they all work to a greater or lesser degree. I have lost weight counting calories and points; eating low carb; high protein; shakes, bars…the list goes on. I’ve tackled the head stuff, the high intensity exercise regimes and I have lost weight, sometimes large amounts of weight, but my difficulty is the results don’t last longterm. And so the need for a long term, sustainable, ‘lifestyle change’, is critical.
For a number of months now I have been researching, reading, watching and observing people living on a plant based diet and the results I have seen are impressive, reversing poor health quality, reducing weight, raising energy levels and overall wellbeing. I really want to give this a go and I want to put it out there and share my journey. I don’t want to stress and obsess about this but I would like to make small deliberate changes in my eating habits over the coming weeks, hopefully building to a transformed, sustainable level of health and wellness.
In a way the journey has already begun, my breakfast once a protein-fest of eggs and various meats has over the last several months been substituted for superfood green smoothies, oatmeal and/or berries and I have already significantly reduced my dairy consumption (due to lactose intolerance), swapping milk for nut milks like almond milk and yogurt for soya yogurt (though I take very little yogurt anymore).
My goal for the week ahead is to eat some fruit and/or veg with every meal or snack I take.
I have been blessed with wonderful opportunities and I want to be healthy and able to enjoy them long into the future.
P.S. If anyone has any resources, experience or suggestions to offer I’d be happy to hear them.