There’s really no right or wrong diet, but as I’ve gotten older and can handle the late night burger runs and cheesy meals less and less, I was inspired to try doing something a little different—different to me at least. You see, I’m from Nebraska, which is smack dab in the middle of the U.S. and filled with cattle ranchers and farmers. Needless to say, I was raised eating a lot of beef and dairy. Growing up, it never occurred to me that though those meals tasted amazing, they really just made me feel bloated and sluggish afterwards.
Fast-forward a few years, and now I’m embracing a more plant-based lifestyle. I honestly never thought I’d be saying (or writing) those words, but here I am. I’m not vegan, and consider myself more of a flexitarian, but plants are what make up most of my diet these days. Now that I’ve been doing this for about six months, these are the ways this experience has shifted my perspective of food.
Food is fuel
I think I always knew this was food’s true purpose, but I was too busy over-indulging to give it any serious thought. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good piece of cake and some french fries every now and then, but there are so many nutrient-dense foods out there that make you feel good and still taste good, too. When I’m eating more plant-based foods, I definitely feel a noticeable difference in my energy and gut health overall.
Food doesn’t have to make you feel bloated and gross
It seems like some of my previous favorite foods, especially those heavy in dairy, make me feel the absolute worst....