We all know fruits and vegetables are good for us. And diet is such an aspect of life that can always be improved upon and further refined. The month of October is an ideal time to start implementing those dietary enhancements.
So what does the Veggie Challenge entail? Incorporating more plant based foods into your diet.
This will exist along a continuum so you can participate in a manner that best complements your needs. For instance, those who eat primarily frozen or canned vegetables can begin to incorporate more fresh vegetables into their meals. Those who generally have a meat-based dinner can adopt Meatless Mondays for the month of October. Or perhaps you have already chosen to eliminate red meat from your diet, then this might be the time to reduce your in-take of poultry or fish. In that case you might turn to some of the great bean and legume recipes. And if you are already an ova-lacto-vegetarian, then you might try going without eggs, or without dairy – that’s right eating vegan. If you are one of the ones who turns to salty, packaged goods for a snack, try going with sliced raw veggies like pepper, carrots, or celery. Or try one of these great snack options. You are also welcome to explore Bethanne’s blogsite for ideas and recipes – she’s the chef for our Eating Healthy seminars. Bethanne further recommends this blog – Healthy. Happy. Life. – for great info, recipes, and incredible photos.
So there are lots and lots of ways to do this and best of all you and your loved ones get the benefits right away – that very moment. And none should think that this is beyond their reach – all can do it – after all when one of the most famous junk-food eaters or our time can go vegan, than anyone can make dietary improvements. And indeed I know many in our yoga community who have done so and gotten the benefits. Those with success stories should write in and share with us.
Throughout the month I will be updating this blog post with more resources, or video links etc. And this will serve as the main page for you to pose questions, share recipes and tales, and inspire others. So let’s join in together as a team, as a community, and as a humanity and see what we can do. Plant-based nutrition is universally good for all humans and the human body has been designed accordingly. In addition, a vegetarian diet has long been the way of the yogi.
Here following are some references for those wanting more information about a plant-based diet and human health.
Look forward to hearing from you as the month gets going…Share with us your challenges and victories along the way!
Note 08 Oct 2013: Please see the follow-up post on this topic that features 4 videos on health and diet.