Health is Happiness

Each spring, I learn something new listening to the Food Revolution Summit. One of my favorite take-aways from last week’s Summit was about “lifestyle medicine” which is all about being healthy (and productive!) with help from lifestyle changes versus being healthy from taking meds.

One lifestyle change you can make is to eat more plant-based food and fewer animal products. If you think about the entire history of mankind, it’s only recently that we’ve had the money, refrigeration, and resources to eat meat up to three times a day v. just on special occasions! And it’s only been recently that we hear about diabetes starting earlier in life. About more heart disease. About more cancer.

So why not fight back and take a baby step to change one meal a day to be plant-based?

As with any change, track what you’re eating now and how you feel. Then track the changes you’re making and how you feel.

  • If you have chronic symptoms like headache, lethargia, or heartburn, how were they affected by the change?
  • How about weight?
  • Skin condition?
  • Energy?
  • Digestion?
  • Focus?

What’s encouraging about listening to docs talk for eight days about the effect great eating can have on your health is that it’s never too late to make a change. Even if you’re already suffering from chronic illness, changing your eating habits can have a profound effect on your health, energy, brain-power, productivity, and longevity.

So why don’t we hear more about this from the media or from our doctors? Because there’s more profit to be made from poor health than there is to be made from good health. Not to be a cynic, but did you know that much of what is marketed to us is based on profit, not on what can make us actually feel better? 🙂

You don’t have to go this alone. There are many practitioners out there who are ready to make this shift with you. If you’re looking for a plant-based doc or nutritionist, check out plantbaseddocs.com. Just type in your zip code and see who you can find nearby.

Happy weekend. And happy eating!

Here’s a bit of joy sewn by my friend, Lisa. Spring is just barely here in Maine. Good we have flags like this.

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