MEET GUEST BLOGGER NANCY M!

Hey folks!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I allowed myself to have a break yesterday after having a very, very busy week.  Did you miss me?! :-)  Aww, thanks, I missed you too! LOL! 

Okay, now let me get down to business.  I am so excited as always to bring you another guest blogger!!  Nancy M is a director and writer from Los Angeles who was inspired to become vegan by the movie "Forks over Knives"!  So, let's take a look at Nancy's story.

The Mystery of Being Vegan
by Nancy M.

79 days ago I made a big decision. The day started off like any other - a quick breakfast of egg whites & salsa and sushi for lunch. Two of my favorite meals and what I used to consider - very healthy. Later that day I went to a movie called "Forks over Knives". I can't even remember why I chose that movie but it was playing at the local art house cinema and I felt like goofing off. Well little did I know that 90 minutes inside that movie theater would change my life.

"Forks over Knives" examines the claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal- based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering researchers, D. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Their research resulted in a document and book called "The China Study". In "The China Study", Dr. Campbell details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. "The China Study" also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities and irresponsible scientists.


So, in a nutshell, that was it for me. I was totally convinced that if I wanted to live a long and healthy life I needed to change my diet starting that very day. I had polio as a child and spent a long time in the hospital with a lot of painful physical therapy. It really made me respect my body and my health so I have always tried to stay in good shape but becoming vegan was one of the most challenging things I have ever done. The first thirty days were very rough. I was confused about what to eat and spent most of my day wondering what I would eat next? what my husband would eat? how do I go to dinner with friends? etc etc - exhausting. One of the first things I did was start a blog about my journey. I did this to help make myself accountable and hopefully inspire others. I think I also wanted to challenge myself not to fail in front of all my friends and family.

 I am a good cook so my journey started with finding delicious vegan recipes and experimenting with recipes I have been cooking for years. I love sharing those recipes on my blog. My biggest fear was not getting enough protein everyday but I found out there are many ways to meet your nutritional needs daily without overdosing on soy. I experimented with I didn't have to think so much about eating and created a lot of quick and easy vegan choices with lots of nutrition. That has now become my goal -to share recipes and nutritional information so it is easy for anyone to become vegan.

 Last and most important - the single best thing about my vegan experience has been my new relationship with the world. Somehow giving yourself over to something bigger than yourself really opens your eyes to new experiences. I see things differently now and in some ways it is almost mystical. Heading into day 80 - please wish me luck.


ORDINARY VEGAN

http://plantbaseddietexperiment.blogspot.com/2011/05/forks-over-knives.html

Thanks SO much for sharing your journey Nancy!  Everyone please visit the link above and show Nancy your support!

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