#158 – This Plant Based Life

I’m telling you, this plant based diet is really something. Eating simple and clean foods, chewing it well and eating slowly is so good.

I feel it.

I know it’s not for everyone because not everyone can look at fruits & veggies and get all excited. Some people prefer meat, potatoes and gravy or pizza, pasta and bread. I guess, I’m “lucky” in a way and in the sense that I really do prefer to eat… well, plants.

It’s been about a month now since I started focusing more on living a plant based life and so far, so good. Am I becoming a vegetarian? No, not really. Do I want to be vegan? Definitely, not. I still eat meat and dairy. I just don’t eat a lot of it or as much of it as I used to. I eat mostly fish and chicken. I’ve never really been a big fan of red meat and you won’t see me order a steak at a restaurant. Sure, I’ll have a bite of Anders’ steak if he says it’s really good and wants me to try it. But red meat doesn’t get me all excited. The only kind of red meat that I sort of like is ground beef – e.g. in a bolognese sauce or in a burger. I might have a beef carpaccio – once in a blue moon. I prefer fish, especially salmon. I like chicken. I am not (becoming) a vegetarian or vegan. I prefer to think of myself as just eating mostly plants.

Why am I doing this? Because I have a problem with my gallbladder, which (apparently) doesn’t work properly and doesn’t empty the bile into my digestive system as it should – without any trouble. Apparently, my gallbladder holds onto the bile instead and (potentially) ends up becoming swollen and painful. And I feel it if I have had a period eating a lot of food, fatty foods, fried foods…and drinking wine. Then I get these “attacks”, which lasts for hours. Attacks of constant, all-consuming pain that just won’t go away no matter what I do or which way I turn my body. Usually, they happen in the middle of the night and wake me up…and it takes a lot to wake me up. The last time I had one of these attacks was between Christmas & New Year and I don’t ever (!) want to experience another one. Ever.

So, I decided to go plant based. It’s easier to digest plants than e.g. meat. And it is working. Something is happening and I feel like this change is really good.

The fact that eating a plant based diet is also a) kind to the animals and b) good for the environment…well, that’s just another added bonus. But my 1st priority and reason for making this change is purely selfish.

It starts with me.

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