Whole Food, Plant-Based: Day 33
I’m not sure when it happened, but I’m no longer craving, or daydreaming, about junk food. I feel like I’m set in my ways. Rock solid. Caving in isn’t even a concern at this point. I feel like this is something I can do for the rest of my life. Maybe I’ll indulge a little here and there, on special occasions. Maybe not. We’ll play it by ear.
So Many Food Choices
When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, I decided right then and there to switch to a whole food, plant-based diet. The first few weeks weren’t easy. It felt like a piece of me was missing. It was hard to dismiss the foods that had been such a big part of my life. Excluding them from my diet caused me to question whether life was worth living without them, health issues be damned. Really. It was depressing. That seems silly to me now. There’s a whole world of food out there that's delicious, nutritious, AND health promoting. I feel like an explorer discovering a new continent. I’ve been sailing in uncharted waters, and I've just now begun to get my bearings. I now realize that, even though I’m excluding so many things from my diet, I’ve opened up the doors to a new set of endless possibilities. I just had to rethink what I consider to be food and recalibrate my sense of taste. There are so many different food combinations I want to try, and new preparation methods to learn. I’m completely redefining my connection to food. Developing new favorites. Indulging in nature’s decadence.
It’s All Coming Together
My sense of taste has changed significantly. I am better able to detect the subtle flavor profiles of foods I once found dull, or tasteless. I find myself craving fruit as much, or more, than I used to crave candy bars. Now, when I’m hungry, I find myself daydreaming about portobello mushrooms, hummus, black beans, strawberries, and a whole list of other foods I wouldn’t have eaten a month or so ago. Gala apples taste like candy to me. Soup doesn’t have to be loaded with salt to be delicious anymore. More than anything else, I think that’s had the biggest impact. Salt, or the lack of it. All the processed foods, fast foods, and garbage I was eating before were so heavily laden with salt that it dulled my taste buds. My sense of taste was lying to me, and now we have a more honest relationship. The bottom line: I feel amazing! And I can't imagine going back to my old eating habits. It's incredible where a month of healthy eating takes you. Dig deep. Find the motivation, and do it.