You asked, I listened! When I asked on my Instagram stories a couple days ago you mentioned you’d like to see plant based recipes and how it affected my health.
First of all let me say I am no licensed professional or doctor, cook or health coach. I DO however know tangibly this worked well for me. Which brings my to my next point. This worked for ME. I whole heartedly believe eating is not a “one size fits all” approach. I believe based on our ancestry, our environment and how our bodies respond to food you have to try what works well for you, and do that.
I did the AIP diet in 2016 when I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, as well as took a food sensitivity testing and that really helped me dial in on how my body responded to food. Although that helped some, I found myself SO stressed out about food that I forgot the fact that it’s not only food that affects our health and well being. There are so many more elements to consider when talking health. The biggest ones being sleep, stress, environmental toxins, food and exercise.
For example, I use to run all. the. time. I completed 6 half marathons, 1 full marathon between 2014-2016 and that for my body was brutal. I had no idea that what I thought was helping me was actually hurting me. For example, the body can’t tell good stress from bad stress. So, I was stressed at home, stressed at my job, and everything in between. When I had a free chance to de-stress (or so I thought) I would go for a run. Little did I know, I was stressing my body even more. Thankfully I’ve healed tremendously and although I don’t run every day, I can run 2-3 miles a few times a week and it works really well for my body.
This past summer I went vegan/plant based for 3 months solid and I couldn’t have felt better. I did however change one thing. I changed my perspective of food. I looked at food as a beautiful addition to my health, not as a stress and chore, worrying if I ate out and what could be lurking in the ingredients.
I decided a few days ago I wanted to go back to full time vegan/plant based. I also believe our bodies can change, so I’m not saying I’ll eat this way forever. But it makes me feel fantastic and I’m ready to get back to feeling good in my skin. But darn, I MISS CHEESE ALREADY :)
Below I wanted to share one of my favorite staple meals. This meal is relatively easy, and full of flavor. One tip I wanted to mention is I make LOTS so I can save this meal and freeze part of it or have it for lunch and dinner on the go for a busier day.