I am back in California after nearly 2 years of travelling.
I never would have predicted I would be back home or that my parents would agree to try a vegan (plant based) diet for 45 days!
During my last Vipassana meditation course in India my inner voice told me it was time to go home, which I thought was strange as in my mind I thought I would be in India for years. The inner voice was more than a voice it was a knowing. I knew I had to come back and soon.
I arrived back in California 5 days ago full of enthusiasm from all that I have learned on my travels. My latest inspiration was to watch the movie Forks Over Knives about the health benefits of changing to an all plant based (Vegan) diet.
I told my parents I was excited to watch this film and would they be open to the idea of seeing what it had to say and if it was convincing to try eating plant based for 45 days.
The very next day my father ended up in the Hospital with a heart attack scare.
Talk about timing.
I thanked God that I was there and that I listened to the knowing.
The doctors all wanted to pump him full of medication, and ran a bunch of tests and monitored his vitals.
Both my parents were very against the idea of my father having to take more medicine. He is already an insulin dependent Diabetic and also has Parkinson disease for which he is taking Dopamine.
I strongly suggested that we could use food as medicine. He agreed to stick with the plan and see if changing his diet and also including meditation into his daily life would make a difference.
My mothers intentions are also health related. She has been overweight and addicted to sugar for years. She said she was ready to change, and wanted to be kind to her body and this approach sounded good to her.
It has been 3 days and she has already lost 4 pounds and is overjoyed that maybe there is a solution to her eating problem.
Maybe she can enjoy food and feel good too!
I also wanted to try the diet. I have been eating a vegetarian diet for 3 years now, but wanted to take it to the next step of eliminating all animal products. My reasons are two fold: for preventative health measures, to feel at my best and optimal health, and for the environmental and animal concerns.
So far we are all so happy with the changes. My parents are loving the food and being all in it together is great for the support and determination.
I am so proud of my parents! For having the openness and willingness to change, try something new, and be open to another way.
And just maybe we all might end up feeling amazing!
(I am getting inspiration from the recipes on the Engine 2 diet challenge website http://engine2diet.com)