It’s been about a month since we watched Forks Over Knives and committed as a family to adhering to a whole-food plant-based diet. Surprisingly, the dramatic shift in how we eat has been relatively painless, with the exception that many restaurants simply don’t know how to serve anything but meat and dairy!
Kelly has done an amazing job of transitioning our kitchen into a little refrigerated garden oasis, where fruits and vegetables now take center shelf! She has blended creative smoothie concoctions (some quite interesting), and motivated Trevor to do the same. While not every new recipe has been worth repeating, most have. And honestly, we are figuring out how to order when we dine out. The change has also led to our trying local vegan fare, and discovering that healthy food can be surprisingly delicious. I had no idea you could make creamy mac and cheese without the cheese!
At the same time, we know such a switch in diet is not for everyone. One challenge has been explaining to friends and family our new way of eating, while doing our best not to proselytize that they should do the same. But even this has been hard, because we want those we care about to watch the film and consider making the change themselves.
Beyond the significant health benefits that are well established, eating a whole-food plant-based diet is good for animals and the planet. I won’t bore you with all the reasons because they are covered in the film, but they definitely contribute to our dedication to this new dietary lifestyle. Whether all these reasons are enough to stay with it for the long run, time will tell. But for now, I can honestly say I am not missing anything.