When you experience something great, you tend to share it with your friends and love ones. When you taste a heavenly snack, you brag about it to your friends and colleagues.
I think this is human nature. We share, we talk, we preach, we advocate, we recommend, we refer, when we experience, see, taste or feel something great, something worth remembering, something extraordinary.
So imagine how I share with passion about plant based lifestyle to my family, friends and colleagues. I can talk on and on about it. I have the intense desire to share and to talk about it because I experience the difference between my old life and now.
My old life means indulging on burgers, fries, fried foods, pizza, hot dogs, daily mugs of coffee and so on. When stressed, I craved for burgers or ice creams. When tired, I relaxed by watching TV and gobbling chips and burgers. After a tiring work week, the best way to recharge was to oversleep on weekends and to eat pizza and fried chickens at nights.
When I ditched this old life and started embracing plant based lifestyle, the result is inevitable and it doesn’t go unnoticed too. My colleagues became curious. My friends began asking questions. My family was amazed. And the best part, I started to feel good and more energetic than ever.
So when an old good friend talked to me about his cholesterol issue, I shared about my new lifestyle. He was honest enough to ask for help, for support, for encouragement, to do the overdue lifestyle change. Hey, I am not a health guru, not at all, but I share what I changed in my life and how good it feels. I sent him real life testimonies to read and documentaries to watch to help revolutionized his mind. I really hope that he reads or watch those stuff I sent to him.
Anyway, this journey, the lifestyle change, is actually a mind game.
I realized it has to start from the mind. You have to convince your mind. You have to feed your mind with encouragement, with hopes, with possible results, with inspirations, with health benefits, and so on. Once your mind starts to believe it, then it becomes easy.
Now when I see dairy products, I remember the Fork Over Knives and What a Health documentaries I watched. Because you learned the downside of consuming dairy products, your mind automatically refuses to entertain the idea of drinking cow’s milk or eating cheese. Your knowledge became like nagging thought, a voice within your head, that never stops until you resolve that you are not eating that yummy double cheese burger.
Last month I received an email from my old good friend updating me about his health status. (Sorry, have to delete some of the other details to keep his identity confidential.) This was after a month of encouraging him to exercise daily and opt for healthier versions of his food.
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:29 AM
Hello, you need a big hug.. my cholesterol went down from 290 to 180, you pushed me so hard to take good regular healthy food and that’s the result,
Also regular exercise and many factors have done this good turn around. Thanks
Also a colleague, whom I always have lunch together, has now been cooking most of the time vegetarian dishes with almost without oil. She discovered that it made her skin clearer as her pimples became lesser. She gave the credit to eating less meat, dairy products and fried foods.
However, my ultimate goal is to share this healthy lifestyle to my son. This is one of the legacy I want to leave to my son. We are what our parents were, right?
I am glad though that my six year old son somehow grasps already the importance of avoiding processed food. I am one proud mama when I see him reading the ingredients written on the packet of snack which he picks from the grocery store. Then he will request me to buy it for him giving a justification that it is good because the packet is all natural, no preservatives and no added sugar.
I am not a devout person however I still believe that our health is our greatest blessing and we ought to be good steward of this blessing.
So let’s continue to live a healthy lifestyle and hopefully we encourage others to do the same!
Cheers to healthy living!