A couple of weeks ago I decided to try out a vegan diet for 6 months. Friends of mine have been vegan for a while and they inspired me to give it a go.
My usual diet consisted mainly of whole foods, with a small amount of high quality (biodynamic, organic & grass fed) animal protein. I believed this to be part of a healthy diet and a necessity for my body. I had never gone without consuming animal protein for an extended period of time. During the summer months I usually adopt a vegetarian diet, but as soon as the colder months approached, I would add in more animal protein.
This time I have decided to give myself 6 months to try out a fully whole food plant-based diet. I want to make sure my body receives all the nutrients it would need, so have started to do a little research.
My friends recommended reading the China Study to get more information on the benefits of a whole food plant-based diet and the positive effects of this diet on the environment. The China Study is written by T. Collin Campbell PhD and his son Thomas M. Campbell MD. It goes into depth about the relationship between diet and disease. Showing the effect diet has on heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune disease and more. T. Campbell explains what to eat and reveals why there is so much confusion and misunderstanding around nutrition.
I enjoyed reading the China Study and believe in the healing power of nutrition. Although it’s not an easy read, T. Campbell breaks down the results of various research findings in an understandable manner.
One of the most common asked questions when adopting a whole food plant-based diet is: ‘Where do you get your protein from?’ A whole chapter is dedicated to explaining the difference between animal and plant-based protein and why plant-based protein is a healthier option. There are plenty of sources of plant-based protein available such as beans, lentils, chickpeas, seitan, almonds, quinoa, chia seeds, almonds and many more.
The book goes on to explain the effect a whole food plant-based diet has on different types of diseases and the science is undeniably clear. Eating this type of diet can prevent, reduce and sometimes heal the body from all different types of diseases. Seeing this clearly backed by science made me wonder why this isn’t well known? T. Campbell dedicates the final chapters in the book on the influence of the science industry, government and big medicine. It’s pretty eye opening!
He also addresses the environmental effects of animal farming on our planet. Personally, I would have always loved to stop consuming animal protein both for animal welfare and our planet. Was I mistaken to believe that my body needed the nutrients?
There is only one way to find out! For the next 6 months I will be consuming a whole food plant-based diet and tracking how my body feels. I will also be sharing how I make sure that my body gets all the nutrients it needs, so stay tuned!
Love, Morrin x
Bio: Morrin O’Shea has an interest in the connection between body, mind and spirit. She has a background in occupational therapy and is an integrative nutrition health & mindset coach. Her aim is to empower woman by embracing their true selves and consciously creating the life they want. She is also the founder of Wholism.