I’m not one for diets or labels when it comes to my food. I like to eat.
I like to eat good food that I know is good for me, and food that makes me feel like crap. I get just as excited about a big greasy cheesburger as I do a paleo bowl at Laughing Planet. Green smoothies and milkshakes. Avocado toast and nutella toast. yum yum yum!
For a long time I accepted that the way my body was feeling is just how it was now. I didn’t “get” the food body connection.
I’m learning that the more I eat food that is good for me, the better I feel.
This is something I’ve known intellectually for some time, but it wasn’t until my well-being was really challenged that I saw how true it was.
- kidney stones
- joint pain
- upset stomach
These are just a few of the symptoms I struggled with in the past few years. They crept on os slowly that I was usually able to attribute them to something else that was going on in my life.
Super tired all the time? Weeeell, I do have a toddler and a business.
Hands ache all the time and having trouble opening jars of nacho cheese? I’ve probably just been knitting too much.
And on and on.
But deep down, I knew.
The first change I made just to see what would happen, was trying a 30-day vegan challenge. This was incredible for me. I felt lighter, had more energy, and was sleeping better. But I wasn’t prepared to make a lifestyle change of that magnitude. So after the 30 days were over, I committed to not eating meat. I knew that “too much” dairy also had an affect on me, but i wasn’t willing to go there.
Being meat free lasted about 3 years. I did “sneak” the occasional steak and would feel horrible about it. This is one of the reasons I don’t like lifestyle labels, btw. It leads to guilt and shame and this feeling of wrongdoing around food, which isn’t healthy.
During my last pregnancy with my son, the intense cravings for red meat were Real. I dipped my toe back into eating meat regularly, and it seemed like just what my body needed at the time. Like, I needed all those cheeseburgers…
But after he was born, I didn’t go back.
In fact, my eating probably got worse for a bit.
And so did my joint pain and fatigue. Hmmmm.
I discovered the podcast quite by accident when someone else I followed was on the show. I loved Jessica’s casual yet deep interview style, and I was immediately hooked. And over time, her message of eating just one plant-based meal started taking root in my soul.
I started to feel invested in taking care of my physical body again.
Green smoothies, returning to a regular yoga practice, cleaning up my skin and makeup routine, even making a damn vision board: I can attribute it all to my girl Jessica.
So when she announced that she would be writing a cookbook, I was thrilled. I knew her story of going from a junk-food eating kitchen avoider to a plant-based cookbook author was real. If she could change her lifestyle to feel better (she suffered from Stage 4 endometriosis for years), then so could I.
Jessica’s new book, One Part Plant , is being released next week on Feb 21st! I happen to have an advance copy and can tell you it is so beautiful. The layout and photography are stunning, and I can’t help but drool when I look at the recipes. From dips and spreads to salads, and hearty main courses, Jessica has you covered for that one plant-based meal a day. Including dessert.
I’ve been incorporating more plant-based meals into my daily life, and I feel so much better for it. I’m not saying I’m vegan or not, vegetarian or not. After all, I still love those cheeseburgers! But I know when I’m not eating much sugar or dairy or meat, my body feels more energetic and strong.
And that’s a good thing, whatever you want to call it.
Pre-orders are available on Amazon now and include a little discount. Of course you can also head to your local bookstore next week to pick one up.
Bonus: I’m thrilled to share that Jessica Murnane is going to be a guest on the very next episode of MY podcast!!! I was super excited to have the opportunity to sit down with her and hear more of her story. What is it really like to write a book? Did her husband join her plant-based eating adventure? Does she ever struggle with what to make for dinner?
I’d love to hear from you how food makes you feel. I know this is a big, complicated, messy topic. But I think in our gut we know what makes us feel good and what makes us feel not so good.