Do you have a desire to make a lifestyle change? Is 2013 your year to achieve better health? One simple adjustment in your daily routine can have a major impact on your well-being. Although we have been eating an almost complete plant-based diet for the past seven months, there have been occasions where we did consume animal products. We are just more aware and educated on what types of meat we put into our bodies these days. If you are seeking a new way of life, a new way of eating, and a new way of feeling about yourself, your food choices can play a bigger role than you think. Dr. Ann Wigmore says, “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”

If you do not have the desire to give up animal products completely, we challenge you to be selective with the meat you do choose to eat. When we do eat meat, we try our hardest to only consume certified grass-fed beef. Cows natural, proper diet is grass. Switching a cow from grass to grain is so upsetting to the animal’s digestive system that it can kill the animal unless it is continually fed antibiotics. Although these animals are designed to consume forage (grass/legumes), they are being fed grain, mostly corn, so they grow as fat as possible and as quickly as possible. A corn diet can also give a cow acidosis. Corn makes their stomach unnaturally acidic causing a kind of bovine heartburn, which sometimes kills the animal, but typically just makes them ill.  This is not only dangerous and unnatural for the cows, but it is causing harmful consequences for us. The antibiotics that are being given to these animals lead directly to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These are the new “superbugs” that are quickly making our “miracle drugs” ineffective.

Try and purchase only organic chicken. They have been fed an organic feed for their entire lives, and they have never been injected with hormones or antibiotics. This organic feed is raised without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Be selective when choosing which seafood to eat as well. Choose domestic shrimp instead of imported. Alaskan salmon is always a good option when dining out. A good rule of thumb is if you can trace back where your meat is coming from, it is most likely a high quality option. Be sure to only eat the recommended portion size. One of the biggest problems with the consumption of animal protein is the amount Americans eat. WAY TOO MUCH. The beauty of a plant-based diet is that it has no stereotype. You can be as flexible or strict as you want, and you can create your own rules. Although it is possible, you don’t have to be all in or all out. You can eat one plant-based meal a day or try and eat plant-based one day each week. Don’t think of what you can’t eat, think of all the delicious things you CAN eat. And do what you makes you feel good! It is your body and your health so you should be in control!

 “The awareness that health is dependent upon habits that we control makes us the first generation in history that to a large extent determines its own destiny”

-President Jimmy Carter