As many of you know by now, I had to undergo emergency surgery for acute appendicitis while traveling in Panama earlier this month. I am incredibly grateful for numerous reasons, and I will be writing all about Panama and my experiences while traveling soon.
This post, however, is about a new life experiment I’m taking on for the next 30 days. The appendectomy has given me a lot of time–to heal, to reflect, and to catch up on my Netflix queue. The other night I watched Forks Over Knives. It’s a documentary about the healing effects of eating a whole-food plant-based diet.
I’ve always been a very healthy person, and it was a strange and eye-opening experience to be unable to walk after surgery and have to receive a bed bath at the age of 29. My healing is coming along quite nicely, and if there’s something I can do to give my body extra support in healing so I can get back on my round-the-world adventure, I’m there!
What is a plant-based diet?
- “The experts in Forks Over Knives advocate a whole-food, plant-based diet. The program is based on whole or minimally processed plants, primarily fruits, vegetables, whole grains, tubers, and legumes. It excludes or minimizes animal-based foods such as meat (including poultry and fish), dairy, and eggs, as well as refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.”
I’ve always loved food. My roots are southern, and I love BBQ, fried chicken, and 4-cheese mac & cheese to name a few. One of the best parts of living in San Francisco for 3 years were the food trucks–Coca-Cola braised pork, Asian fusion dishes, fish & chips at my local micro brewery, etc. I am also a sucker for sweets–Pecan Pie, chocolate anything, and shortbread cookies at my favorite bakery. Putting delicious food aside, I’ve considered becoming vegetarian for some time now for health, environmental, and animal honoring reasons.
Why am I doing this now?
- Helping my body to heal after the appendectomy
- I have the time and resources to invest in cooking
- I’m very curious to see what happens when I take on this lifestyle for 30-days
How you can help:
- Do you have any great recipes? Due to an allergy, I can’t eat peanuts, soy, or legumes, but anything else I’m eager to try!
- Do you have any book, blog, or movie recommendations related to whole-food plant-based eating?
- Follow my journey, encourage me and others making changes, and spread the word! 🙂
This morning I weighed myself, took my resting heart rate, and blood pressure–all healthy. This experiment may not always be easy, but I am dedicated and passionately curious to see what happens come March 26th!