UPDATE: We finished our 6 week transition diet. To read our thoughts on how it went, click here.
This blog is meant to allow others to join in our dietary adventure. We are attempting to become as healthy as we can. This is our attempt at completing Dr. Joel Fuhrman‘s “Eat to Live” extreme challenge for six weeks. By extreme, we mean vegan – no animal products – with no oil, no added fat, no sugar, no added salt, no white rice or flour, limited whole grains, limited starchy veggies, limited raw nuts and seeds, no caffeine, no processed foods, and no snacking. We can have UNlimited non starchy veggies, fruit, beans, and legumes. There’s more to it, but that’s it in a nutshell.
We will be writing down recipes, opinions and anecdotal stories of this process. We’re being specific in case someone is doing the same thing and wants to figure out where to start. Our hope is that at the end of this, we will be free of cravings and addictions and happy to eat what is better for us. We don’t currently plan to stay vegan or stay this extreme, but we will be adding items back into our diet more thoughtfully and with more awareness of what makes us feel better or worse. This is our attempt at getting back to optimal health and having our best chance at living full lives honoring God with our smallest choices.
As for the name, well we aren’t the first people to find that a vegan change in their diet was good for them. When we began to look into this way of eating, we started to wonder if it would provide enough to live and work out intensely 6 days per week. We researched other vegans living active lifestyles and doing workouts like crossfit or working in physically demanding jobs like the military. There seemed to be a ton of people living plant strong lives and it gave us resolve. They were building muscle but staying lean, and they all seemed perfectly fine doing it. However, as we strive to make decisions with the wisdom of the Lord and not through the patterns of this world, we looked into what the Word had to say. There are multiple examples of veganism in the Bible – maybe not permanently, but for a period of time. Our favorite story came from Daniel. When Daniel was in the palace of King Nebuchadnezzar, the food served was not in keeping with Jewish dietary standards. Determined not to defy God, Daniel requested to be fed vegetables and water. After a 10 day trial, Daniel proved stronger than before, not weak as they would have expected. So, we’re convinced. We won’t waste away in 6 weeks. Maybe, we’ll even be stronger than before!
8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. 9 Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your[c] food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”
11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.