I am always looking for and trying to cook healthier recipes.  When I have time, I like searching for information on nutrition, the latest “superfood” and health trend online.  My husband on the other hand is hooked on youtube and watching documentaries.  So in a fraction of the time it takes me to pour through books and magazine articles, my husband has absorbed the basic information through a video.  Ok, so he’s a visual learner.  Sometimes I feel like ditching the books and plopping myself in front of a screen too especially since my eyelids don’t like to remain open while I’m reading.
The latest film in my husband’s collection is Forks Over Knives.  He watched this one and was practically converted to vegetarianism.  The funny thing is that I had given him much of this info already after I read a book on the subject last spring… I guess he’s like the kids.  Doesn’t believe it until he sees it for himself. Once I finally got around to watching Forks Over Knives, it sealed the deal for me. It reinforced what I had read about in Alicia Silverstone’s book The Kind Diet, a lifestyle and recipe book about choosing to be vegan. 
The documentary is centered around the clinical studies that support the health benefits of a plant based diet, a.k.a. vegan.  What floored me was the fact that these studies were done many many years ago, this information has been available for a very long time!  I felt like, where have I been?  How come I didn’t know this? We are just so used to having meat on our plates, we can’t imagine how to plan a meal without it. 
By eliminating animal protein from your diet (and processed foods) you can actually reverse the effects of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, possibly even prevent it. Can you imaging someone with diabetes being able to eliminate the drugs that doctors are so used to prescribing which unfortunately cause so many unwanted side effects? It would be a blessing, but it has to start with the diet.
Now I personally know the struggle of staying away from bacon cheeseburgers, pepperoni pizza and a meaty lasagna but the benefits completely outweigh the sacrifice.  I am now 3 months into my vegetarian journey and looking towards a vegan challenge next year.  If it means living a longer life potentially preventing “common” diseases, I’m in.
Watch the movie and see for yourself.  Click here for more info.

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