I started out by watching Food Inc. That definitely got me thinking in a way I hadn't before.
But it wasn't until Forks Over Knives that I really jumped in. I liked most about Forks Over Knives - it wasn't so pushy. Their focus was more on health. Which I really liked and admired. A lot of vegans, are known to be very pushy and judgemental. Believe me, I get it. And I'm not stereo typing everyone. Thats not what I mean. I'm just saying the way they (FOK & Engine 2) decided to go about this, and share the information they know, is totally different from any other. And for that I thank them big time!
I've also realized. If your taking this challenge. The focus shouldn't be about what you won't have. You gotta turn that thought process around and think about all the things you can have. There is nothing better than loads of vegetables. You can get so creative. That is what makes this fun & interesting for me. I love it. As you can see in my last post, from the restaurant last night- look how many awesome things you can do?! The options are endless. Just type in plant based recipes in google and see what you'll find. Eating veggies with a plant strong sauce, and some sort of bean, lentil or tofu is soooo good to me. You might be skeptical at first, and thats alright. But don't shut it out. Just give it a try at least once. You have to put some effort into it, yes. But it can be simple. And believe me- you will feel much better. I have to tell you. After being in the doctors office the other day and getting my heart checked. I really really cannot express the importance of taking care of yourself. I sat there and had a consultation with the doctor, and had to tell him about my families health history. What a huge slap in the face. It's things I've already known of course. But for him to tell me because of all of those issues with my family members- it's even more of a reason for me to continue to take care of myself the way I am. By eating as little meat as possible, and staying away from foods with cholestrol.
Ding ding ding! I felt like I won a prize hearing 'to continue on with the way I'm eating'. Cause I will be good. Staying away from salt, etc. These are all things Engine 2 diet represents.
I'm so thankful for having worked at Whole Foods & discovering Engine 2 that way. I actually met Rip a long time ago at the Whole Foods I worked at. I had no idea at the time what that was about. I thought I was healthy then. Boy have I evolved. As we all do! We all truly need to take care of ourselves. I sat there in the waiting room of that doctors office and decided I do not want to be one of the 10 patients waiting there , miserable. Hurting. Those people there, didn't know what we we know now, when they were my age though. If I know, then what am I doing? Use the knowledge we have in front of us, right now- and utilize it! There is no time but now. Make a change now. Believe in yourself. Challenge Yourself!