When I eliminated meat, cheese, and dairy from my diet...I slowly opened myself up to a whole new world.... My first indications of positive change were in my digestion, skin clarity, and sleep. I also found I had a better short-term memory...and ability to recall detailed information from days past. After a few months, I started to embrace new foods more openly, and welcome the opportunity to try a new restaurant or dish. I discovered Indian food and Thai dishes...I started using kitchen appliances from the back of my pantry, like the steamer and blender. I found myself spending most of my time in the produce section of the grocery store...and visiting farmers markets with great excitement. I bought new vegetarian cookbooks, and truly started to enjoy preparing and sharing my food. And, I was happier.
Of course, when I first started this quest to become a healthy eater...Fear of the unknown presented me with an ignorance that left me confused about what I would actually be eating if I eliminated these mythical "staples" from my diet. But over a few months, I grew to understand the color of the vegan diet. And only then did I realize all the things that were missing from my plate all along. My grocery basket became a wide diversity of color...rich in nutrition, and alive like never before.
Now, these are things I buy from the grocery store....
Anything in season
Dark Chocolate Chips (Enjoy Life brand)
Coconut Ice Cream
Clif Mojo Bars
When you think "healthy", think color. Think deep rich color. Nourish your body with an imaginative collection of earth's radiance and avoid the consumption of anything less than truly beautiful.