I’ve been on a health kick. Or rather, I’m on a healthier kick. Brought on by high cholesterol, I’ve been digging into the ingredients of the foods I eat. The good news is I’ve managed to get those numbers down! Here’s a fun plot diagram of my journey.
Omnivore girl sets out to become healthy. What is healthy?? Who is the antagonist here?
Rising Action 1
The protagonist becomes vegetarian but becomes an omnivore again after marrying and having a kid. The antagonist hides within the body. Hidden, bad news brews.
Rising Action 2
The protagonist separates and goes on an alkaline/vegan diet to rid herself of stress-induced ailments. It works, yay! Then, she becomes an omnivore again. The antagonist hides within the body. Hidden, bad news brews.
Rising Action 3
The protagonist finds love, and also moves her mom into the house. Her eating habits are all over the place. She fluctuates between veganism and pescetarianism but still considers herself “healthy.” The secret antagonist hides in her body, creating havoc. Menopause hits, and she feels like crap!
Boom! Bad news comes out of hiding. The protagonist’s blood labs return —HIGH in cholesterol, and she’s put on statins. The antagonist revels in a happy dance.
The protagonist digs and researches how to get off cholesterol meds. She meets the antagonist head-on - saturated fat! He is everywhere, hidden in the most secret places, disguised in plain day, tricking people with his charming good taste. The protagonist breaks up with him - forever! She goes plant-based, whole-foods and, within three weeks, drops her cholesterol levels to normal.
The protagonist puts on her cape, prepared to fight her antagonist forever, bettering her health, and the lives of animals and the planet.
Here are pictures of some food experiments made without meat, dairy, and oil. I know what you’re thinking - that looks so delicious, and I need that recipe! Click on the links!
Pink beet sauce gave this seitan its red middle which was sliced up into a sandwich. Link
I've been busy making veggie broth out of all discarded vegetable parts. This provided the base to a yummy soup.
I've turned to growing sprouts since almost no veggies grew in my garden this year. And I've been closing down the day with a chocolate-banana brownie. Yum! Link
If you are considering going plant based, whole foods and need more information or motivation, here are a few films to check out.
Wishing you happiness and good health wherever you are on your journey.
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