It’s funny how change can happen so slowly that you don’t even realize how different your life has become until you look back at where you’ve been.
On a cold day in early February 2011, I was bundled up on the couch watching an Oprah Show episode that featured a tour of one of Cargill’s slaughterhouses. I found myself deeply disturbed by the disconnect I had between the food I ate and how it was produced. Factory farms and slaughterhouses were just not something I had given much thought. My curiosity led me to watch the documentary Food, Inc., which has been described as an unflattering look inside America’s corporate controlled food industry.
When I actually took a step back and examined my own diet, there wasn’t a day that passed that didn’t include milk or cheese. Chicken was our “healthy” meat of choice, and fried egg sandwiches with bacon were a weekend breakfast staple. The more I researched the meat and dairy industry, the stronger my desire grew to cut these foods completely out of my life. So I decided to change my diet. It’s as simple as that,right? Well, maybe not so simple.
Sharing this newfound life change with friends and family was a bit more challenging. Most grew up like me, with the belief that meat and dairy products are essential to maintaining optimal health. Explaining that you no longer eat any animal products to people who have known you most of your life can be exhausting. You will be teased. People who barely eat fresh fruit or vegetables will be concerned that you are not getting enough nutrition from your diet.
Fortunately, I am married to a very supportive man who took my desire to change seriously and never once treated me as though I was going through a “phase”. Having support at home can be the difference between taking charge of your health and caving to the bacon crowd.
Fast forward several years, and my husband and I have escaped the brutal winters of Upstate New York and now call the Wilmington North Carolina area home. I am infinitely healthier, definitely leaner, and I am continuing to make positive changes that impact all aspects of my life.
I created “Anne’s Fresh Start” to be a positive space for me to not only share healthy and delicious plant based recipes, but to share thoughts and ideas as well. While I continue on this journey it is my hope that you will join me along the way. Perhaps we can encourage and inspire each other!
“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”….Ursula K. Le Guin