Plant based eating is becoming almost mainstream! Subway is offering vegan sandwiches in the South (Virginia and Maryland).
The news made me remember a trip to the Southern US thirty years ago. My most vivid memory of the trip is that I almost starved to death!
We were traveling and eating in restaurants. Every day, feeding myself was a challenge! The first hurdle was finding anything vaguely vegetarian on the menu. If I found something besides salad I still had to be very careful. Lots of added bacon (salad dressing, baked potatoes, even mac and cheese) and foods cooked in lard. Asking the server about the ingredients was a whole other problem. Mostly the people who served me and the people I ate with couldn’t get over the fact that I didn’t eat any meat. (more…)
One of the most baffling things people say to me is “I would love to eat a plant based diet, but that is just too expensive!” I am always a little blown away but this assertion. I go to the grocery store and I watch food prices closely. . .
It was nice to find a discussion about this in The Starch Solution. Here, John McDougall states that a plant-based diet averages $4,000 savings per person per year. Or savings of $333 per month. You can read his discussion on pages 203-206 or search for “Food Costs” on your digital device.
For our household (just the two of us) that means saving about $650 per month. That, by the way is about what we currently spend each month. In other words if we started eating animal based products we would double our monthly food costs. Just in case I need another reason to stay on a plant-based diet that would work! (more…)
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Admittedly, my memory about actually giving up sugar is a little fuzzy – thirty years is a long time. I do remember, viscerally, how hard it was and how badly I craved it.
The first nutrition book I ever voluntarily read was Sugar Blues by William Dufty. I was in a lot of joint pain. I had been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and was feeling quite sorry for myself.
The chiropractor I was seeing told me that if I alleviated my depression I would reduce my pain. He added that the simplest way to ease my depression was to give up sugar. He went on to say that he was convinced that cutting sugar out of my diet would have one other great benefit. I would reduce joint inflammation and lessen the pain in my body. (more…)
Four years ago David developed a gluten allergy. That began a series of radical changes in our diet. But there were more to come!
Two years ago he started having a series of “weird” problems. He was not diabetic or even pre-diabetic but he clearly had a blood sugar problem! On any given day his blood sugar spiked and dropped for no apparent reason. He was alternatively shaky and moody. And eating seemed to make the problem worse.
We were at our wits end! So in an effort to figure out what was going on we started tracking the symptoms and what he ate. The place to start was in the grocery store; reading labels. (more…)