Twelve days in.
I grew up on a hog farm in southeast Michigan. My parents are of German descent, so no meal was without the staples of meat, potatoes, and vegetables, bread, and of course, gravy. My father always said, “We may not have much, but we will always have good food.”
Fast forward, I marry Vinny Sal. An Italian. Pasta, bread, and of course, cheese! Two people who love good food and are diehard dairy addicts. Since we didn’t find each other until our thirties, our two sons arrived later in life. Entering my forties, my diet of good food and baby-weight blues started a cycle of yo-yo dieting and hormone imbalances. After fifteen years, I would finally be diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. Ugh!
“Hashimoto’s disease, also called chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis or autoimmune thyroiditis, is an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the body’s own cells and organs. Normally, the immune system protects the body from infection by identifying and destroying bacteria, viruses, and other potentially harmful foreign substances.”
The next five years would be another cycle of denial and rebellion of trying to eat a gluten and dairy free diet – Paleo – finally just giving in and giving up.
Last fall, my youngest son came home from high school and gave me his teacher’s card about a community group called, Plant Based Nutrition Support Group. I connected with the group on Facebook.
It is there that I learned about the, “FOK Diet.” www.forksoverknives.com
For Christmas, I presented Vinny Sal with all of the Forks Over Knives books. Our theme for 2016 would be HEALTH. We would become vegans and tackle my Hashimoto’s disease and Vinny Sal’s heart issues together. Could we overcome our dairy addiction and carnivore appetites?
Twelve days in.
Not one tooth mark on our children or the dogs. We have not succumbed to slathering them with a nice Alfredo sauce and nibbling on their limbs.
Twelve days in #Vegan2016. My year of transformation in mind – body – spirit!
(More about my key word, transformation, in future posts.)
I hope you will continue to follow the #Vegan2016 journey. Because if “Vegan You Can.”