365 Days to a Whole New Me

January 1, 2017 the journey begins!

Until then I’m preparing. Mostly mentally, but also stocking my kitchen and making sure I have everything I need to kickstart.

What am I doing exactly? I’m embarking on a journey to a plant-based whole foods diet for 365 days. That’s right… I’m committing to a lifestyle of eating this way for one entire year. It’s a long enough time to make a real lifestyle change, and I’ll be documenting all of my experiences, epiphanies and struggles along the way. Visit this page for more information about why I’m doing this.

Yesterday involved a grocery haul trial run. I went to the store with the mindset of purchasing everything I would if I were doing this thing for real. Tons of fresh, in-season produce. Organic low-sodium vegetable stock. Some cool new packaged items that are minimally processed (yes I was that person reading the labels in the aisle). Now I have no idea what to do with all this food. Not sure what recipes I’m going to try or how quickly I need to eat all this freaking kale before it goes bad.

So this is where I am right now. Hungry, lazy, a little confused, yet ambitious. Determined to make this work. I want to show people what it really takes to eat this way, in the hope that it sheds some light on the process for those that are not bionic plant-only assimilators from birth.

In the coming weeks before day one, I will be sharing some informational material on the diet I’ll be following (like, what the heck is a Whole Foods Plant-Based diet anyway). I’ll be taking before pictures of my body, hair, nails, skin, teeth… anything that could possibly display a physical change. I’ll also be sharing my current sleep habits, energy levels, moods, physical activity (desire, or lack thereof), and spiritual awareness. My intention is to “check-in” every month on changes, with an emphasis on quarterly comparisons. I’m not setting any specific goals, only planning to document changes, either negative or positive, to provide a realistic depiction of the diet effects.

Please understand that these are my personal experiences. They may or may not be exemplary of what any other person might experience on this diet. Also, I will use the term “diet” and “lifestyle” interchangeably. To me, the term “diet” means the nutritional guidelines of the lifestyle, and does not infer any weight loss intentions.

I hope you decide to follow along with me, and that I can provide some sort of value in your life! If not, I hope you have a great glass of wine in your hand and nothing better to do.

Have any blog post ideas for me? Leave a comment!

Wholly Yours,

Lauren

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