Food… it’s so simple, yet so complex. Sometimes you’re hungry and feeling lazy, so you throw together something simple, like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But as you’re eating it, there’s an emotion connected with the taste and texture. It’s familiar. Perhaps you ate it as a child, and you associate it with a parent’s presence. That brings comfort.
When I tell people that it’s easy to eliminate chicken, beef, or god-help-me, CHEESE, from their diet, I know that their emotional attachments to these foods are intimately linked to their hesitation, even refusal, to let them go. There’s the loss of the familiar, a food that they have had in many forms, many times, for years. That food has become associated with taking them from hungry to satiated. Sometimes, as in the case of dairy, there’s even a misplaced neurochemical attachment, which I will get into more later. I felt the same feelings when I first changed my diet.
Yet, a loss of a few different foods has been replaced by my discovery of seemingly endless new foods which were available to me all along without my knowing it. These foods are delicious, and I have formed new emotional connections with them. The plant-based food industry is creating new foods all the time that are surprisingly tasty.
Let me show you some of the ways that I, as a busy professional with multiple commitments and interests, have been able to nourish myself, my family, and my friends. Sharing my discoveries has been one of my favorite parts of this journey.