February 24, 2012

Forks Over Knives

Posted by Laura

It's been one of those weeks.

Do you ever have a moment when you question if your brain is actually working? I've had a few of those moments recently. For example, the other night while sitting on our couch I noticed that our Christmas stockings are still hanging on the bookshelf. It's the end of February. The stockings are not there due to lack of taking down Christmas decor yet - oh no, that would be too easy. The stockings are still there because I had not noticed them, until now. I spend time in our living room nearly 365 days/year and I have not noticed the stockings. Who knows, maybe they're still up from Christmas 2010. Brain? Are you with me?

February 20th. 57 days after Christmas.

Another example of "Brain? Are you with me?" is the fact that once again, last week, I drove with my e-brake up. I have been driving a stick-shift my entire driving-life (I'm 28 years old and got my learner's permit at 15 so that makes 13 years). 13 years I have been driving a stick-shift and have never left my e-brake up when driving. For some reason, in the past 5(ish) months, I have driven with my e-brake up about 7 times at the cost of my [loving and patient] husband replacing it and the smell of burning metal/rubber occupying my nose. Brain? Are you with me?

I blame Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera

And finally, the point of this post was to talk about a recently-released documentary about the effects of animal products on our bodies, called Forks Over Knives. However, I got distracted with "Brain? Are you with me?" Here's why...after watching this documentary (which is fabulous, by the way) I have developed a completely irrational fear of become diabetic and developing heart disease at the ripe old age of 28 because I eat meat and dairy. The following statement actually came out of my mouth after watching this documentary: "Caleb, I think my 'triglyceroide' is acting up". What the heck is a triglyceroide? Exactly!

After a reality check from Caleb, I was able to fetch my brain and think a little clearer (just tried to draw a picture of me chasing my brain but I can't seem to get past stick figures). This documentary is really great and I recommend everyone watch it. I am lucky enough that I have always had a clean bill of health (with the exception of seasonal colds) and live a medication-free life. I attribute this to a [mostly] healthy diet, [some] exercise, and a childhood packed with nutrition.

Can I improve my already-healthy-state-of-health? Absolutely. Caleb and I have been talking for awhile about eating meat-free one day/week. After watching this documentary, we have learned that the proteins in animal products (not just meat, but dairy too) can overload one's body and create bad things like heart disease and cancer. Eek!

Are we going 100% vegan? Definitely Not. Are we going to try and cut back on animal products? Yes.

Our compromise: One day/week we are going to eat vegan. This means adjusting our grocery list and learning new recipes (I've already started a pinterest board). It should be interesting and we're going to do this loosely (as in, if we don't do it exactly one day/week it's okay). What have we got to lose?

Brain? Are you with me? Yes!

UPDATE: I successfully completed my first week. Click here for details.


  1. Ha ~ LOVE the drawing. ! I just watched that documentary, too. I agree that no meat and dairy is not necessary, but that moderation is wise. Have you seen the cookbook Nourishing Traditions? Totally opposite teaching to Forks over Knives! Ugh!

    1. Haven't read that one, but it sounds interesting. It's so difficult sometimes to really know what your body needs to thrive. That's why I want to avoid pigeonholing myself into a specific diet. Thanks for sharing Mel.