In November 2011, I made the decision to progress towards a plant-based diet and lifestyle. Since then, I have learnt so much about where our food comes from, and what it does to our bodies and the environment. Along the way, I have encountered many obstacles and challenges. I have also been asked lots of questions, most of them valid and a few off them more than a little odd. One of the aims of my blog is to chronicle my experiences as a plant-based traveller. So, hopefully these Plant-Based Pauses will provide a little more explanation and maybe answer some questions that my readers may still have.
‘Let food be thy medicine.’ – Hippocrates
January/February is what I call ‘Weightwatchers Season’. It’s the time of year that people are most likely to start a weight-loss diet. All day long, whether it’s in my office or spin class, I hear a running commentary of what everyone has eaten that day and how many points they have left. And who can blame them? Every day, in all western countries, we hear more and more horrific statistics and personal stories about obesity. According to NHS data, there were 8,087 weight-loss stomach operations performed in English hospitals during 2010/11. In 2000/01 there were only 261. And that’s just the people who have gone to the extreme of having such surgery. There are many more people around the globe who struggle with their weight. We even have TV shows now where people compete to see who can shed the most.
One of the happy side-effects of living plant-based is that you lose weight. You don’t even have to try. Just take a look at my before and after photos (above) for proof.