Eating to Live

If you’ve been a burger-chomping, soda-swilling carnivore your entire life, making the shift to a vegetarian diet isn’t just about changing your food – it’s about changing your entire lifestyle. According to more and more medical reports, that’s a change that can lower body mass index and blood pressure, and reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and various cancers.

In recent years, going vegetarian or vegan – where you cut out all animal products, including eggs, dairy, and gelatin – is gaining popularity. As millions of people choose to stop consuming “flesh foods,” the growing demand for live, raw, organic vegan produce has resulted in increased availability across the nation. From more Farmer’s Markets to home deliveries to even the big box stores adding organic produce sections, it’s easier than ever to find fresh, local organic vegetables and fruits. Gourmet vegan restaurants are rated one of the “Top Food Trends” by Forbes, with both casual and upscale establishments sprouting up everywhere.

Of critical importance when shifting to a more plant-based diet is making sure you are appropriately combining foods, and getting the right balance of proteins and other nutrients daily. A few tips to help you start to embrace vegetarianism include:

  1. Start by increasing the amount of vegetables you eat at each meal. Make them at least half of your plate.
  2. Introduce “Meatless Monday,” and gradually increase the number of meatless days every few weeks as you and your family adjust to the change.
  3. Start experimenting with more exotic spices. They’ll not only add a burst of flavor to your vegetables – many, like turmeric, have medicinal value, too.
  4. Go on a liquid diet one day a week. A 24-hour juice fast helps release toxins from the body.
  5. Store cleaned and chopped vegetables on shelves in the front of the refrigerator, where they will be the first thing you see when you open the door. Celery, broccoli, cherry tomatoes and peppers are great choices.
  6. Keep it interesting with new vegetables and fruits you haven’t tried yet. As the demand for organic produce continues to increase, so do the choices.

While slowly adding more vegetables and fruits to your diet is always a good idea, another effective option is doing a dedicated detoxification diet for three or more months to completely cleanse your system, and more quickly shift to a plant-based food plan.

Optimum Health Institute (OHI) has a 39-year track record of empowering people to go “cold turkey” off animal proteins, and get a head start on making a successful transition to a plant-based food plan. During your stay of one or more weeks at OHI San Diego or OHI Austin in Texas, you eat only live, raw, organic vegan meals that rival those served in the best raw food restaurants. You also learn how to create dishes that serve up a balanced ratio of foods, combined appropriately to deliver the proteins, vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients you require to achieve and maintain optimum health.

Our caring team will support your journey to optimum health in body, mind and spirit, and share the tools you need to continue the healing holistic lifestyle program at home. To learn more about OHI, visit our website at www.OptimumHealth.org . To make your reservation, call us at (800) 993-4325.