Over the past few months, my husband and I have watched several videos and read quite a bit about nutrition and eating whole foods. Our journey started with the movie “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.” Since then we have learned even more from studies by Dr. Gerson, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, T. Colin Campbell and others. Currently we are reading the book “Engine 2 Diet” by Rip Esselstyn, son of Caldwell Esselstyn.
While neither of us would claim to be “vegetarian” or “vegan”, both of us believe in eating healthy foods. In fact, we have seen many vegetarians/vegans who were over weight. Simply forgoing meat does not mean a person has given up on ice cream, cookies, chips, etc. There are still many veggie friendly junk food items on the shelf.
Our resolve was solidified last night when we went to our favorite (and only) buffet to eat. The goal was to eat healthy amid the selections of dairy and meat and meat and meat! We didn’t do to shabby of a job I might add. My husband started off with a large salad with oil and vinegar, and I began with a plate of warm veggies (potatoes, carrots, beans, peas, fried okra!). Ok, there were a few undesirable things in there like the fried part and the brown gravy. Next I fashioned my own salad and skipped the oil, just vinegar please with a squeeze of lemon. Quite satisfying. My husband returned with his plate of warm veggies and I was shocked to see a piece of fried chicken on there. I chided him, and he felt guilty the entire time the grease was dribbling down his chin.
As I said, our resolve to eat healthy was solidified this night. As we both sat there, we were appalled at how many grossly obese people were there with mounds of food upon their plates. I’m not talking a little overweight; I mean a lot. It was sad to watch. We both kept thinking these individuals were just heart attacks waiting to happen. They were uncomfortable, couldn’t manuever around easily, had difficulty breathing, etc. And we knew that if we didn’t change our habits, we could be in the same predicament.
We are both committed to entering a new phase in our lives, one which is healthy. I am eager to embrace the whole foods approach outlined in the E2Diet, whole my husband would still like some “organic” meat from time to time. Our freezer is full of this type. Our beef is grass fed and processed at the local meat locker. Our journey, I am sure, will be interesting!