Why did I swop over to a plant-based diet? It started with giving up dairy products.
Having been raised on a farm where we milked our own cows and I had the ultimate pleasure of drinking warm, unpasteurised milk, fresh from the cow and slathering inches of my gran's homemade clotted cream on my thunder and lightning (bread and butter with golden syrup and clotted cream.....yep, really!!), why would I ever give up dairy?
Cancer, that's what, cancer.
Sorry to be blunt. I don't talk a lot about having had cancer, I'm the kind of person who just got on with it. It's gone and why talk about it? But I realise that whilst at the moment I am hopefully cancer-free, there are many many people out there who are not and they, like me at the time, may be wondering what they should be eating to look after themselves.
At the time of my diagnosis, the only advice I was given regarding diet was to eat healthily.
What the hell is 'eat healthily'?
You are not thinking straight when you are at the hospital and I didn't query the consultant, I just thanked him and left.
Once home and the initial blow of being told I had Grade 3 cancer had worn off (a bit) I decided to see if I could find out anything I should be doing which might increase my chances of survival. Luckily we have the internet and Dr Google. Time and time again things came up about the link between what we eat and illness, not just cancer but all major illnesses. Prof Jane Plant wrote a book called Your Life in Your Hands.
I am not going to go into detail regarding the book, a brief synopsis would be she had cancer five times and was treated in the conventional manner - mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, but when she was was diagnosed a sixth time and told to go home and get her affairs in order, she wasn't prepared to take that lying down. Her professional background, and something her husband said, led her to look into the fact that women in Asian countries have very low rates of breast cancer. The main difference between a traditional Asian diet and a western diet is that it does not include dairy products. In a nutshell, she gave up dairy and her tumour shrunk within six weeks - if you are interested you really should read it, or give it to someone who would benefit - what I will say is that it was enough for me to give up dairy FOREVER, overnight. No more cheese, yoghurt, milk, cream - all gone.
I am not one for taking little steps - no, it went overnight and I have not knowingly touched it in the last 10 years. I say knowingly because whilst I know what is in my food, I can never be 100% sure of what is in something I may eat out or at someone else's house.
How Not to Die by Michael Greger MD was another book I read. If ever there was a compelling case to go plant-based, this book has it all. It relies on scientifically proven evidence, not just someone's ideas, why eating a plant-based diet is best to help prevent and, in some cases, reverse disease. All claims have references to studies that have been carried out - not by the dairy industry or the meat industry but by independent studies
Having dabbled with vegetarianism on and off for years, going plant-based was the obvious next step.
The title of this post is The BEST way to go Vegan/Plant-based and what is the best way? Admittedly we are all different and what worked for me may not work for you, but if you have set your mind to it - just do it - do your research and just do it - if your cupboards and freezer are full of animal products then give them to someone else or throw them away. You may find it easy, as I did or you may need some support.
Oh, that's where someone like I can help (shameless plug) subscribe to my VIP list and download my free eBook 'Easy Weekend Plant-Based Collection' and give it a try for a weekend.
You can email me at any time with any questions, I'm very happy to help.
My next post will be about transitioning to a plant-based diet because I fully appreciate that one size does not fit all and I'd love to guide you on your journey.
Until then, keep safe x