That’s what “vibrant health” is all about.
Let’s face it; most people change what they’re eating for one of two reasons: to lose weight or to help correct some medical condition. Also, many people choose to become vegan or vegetarian if they’re concerned about animal welfare.
But being vegan doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re eating healthy. There’s a lot of junk-food vegans out there that know what I’m talking about.
What about vibrant health? That’s the topic of the day. Why don’t more people choose a whole foods, plant-based 4Leaf kind of diet-style to promote vibrant health—and enjoy all of the many benefits of being as healthy as they can be?
I think it’s because “vibrant health” means different things to different people. It’s kind of like sex, it’s hard to describe it if you’ve never experienced it. A few days ago, I received a note from a reader who is fairly new to the wonderful world of whole foods, plant-based eating. Now scoring high in the 4Leaf range of our survey, she wrote to tell me about some new, unexpected benefits of eating this way. Karen wrote:
Dear Jim, You do a lot of research so I’m wondering if you’ve found anything on a question that I have. I’ve always enjoyed food as much as the next person but since I’ve been eating plant-based whole foods, I have such a good feeling when I’ve finished eating. It’s like perhaps some endorphins have been released or something like that.
One of my daughters called me the other day after lunch. She was so excited and wanted to tell me how good she felt after just finishing her simple lunch of sweet potatoes, a mango and a blueberry oat muffin (from The Happy Herbivore cookbook) and that her little 2 year old happily ate it all too. She’s giving this way of eating a try for 6 weeks. She mentioned that the good feeling is coming from inside.
I knew exactly what she was talking about because I experience that all the time too. The way I used to eat, that good, or pleasurable feeling would be in my taste buds but it would stop at that point. So I’m wondering, what is making us feel so good? I realize it could be just a simple by-product of eating healthy, non-processed, whole plant foods but I just wondered if it could be something else too because I feel so happy when I finish eating!
Also, I took a look at your survey again. I am trying to eat more salads and fruit for a snack and it seems like now I’m able to score a 44 on your survey on a consistent basis. Best regards, Karen Barnes
Bingo, Karen is talking about “vibrant health” and has shared a glimpse of what it means to her and her family. Click here for earlier blog about Karen. Perhaps some of you out there could help answer Karen’s question—from your point of view. If so, I would like to ask you to share some of your experiences by posting a comment…
telling us what vibrant health means to you!
I wrote Karen back and thanked her for the input and shared some similar vibrant health anecdotes from my family: Dear Karen, Thanks so much for your note; and thank you for sharing what “vibrant health” means to you and your daughters.
As one moves toward an optimal diet, some pretty neat things start happening—and they may be a little bit different for everyone. I remember what my 27-year old nephew had to say and I put it in the book:
“Maybe the most interesting effect is that I feel ‘lighter’—sort of like having a clear sinus as opposed to being stuffed up, but for the whole body. It’s very refreshing.”
Karen, it’s great to hear that you’re doing so well on your new dietary regimen. If you’re scoring a 44 on our survey, you’ve obviously eliminated the vast majority of the processed foods from your diet—and are well on your way to optimal health. And, as a bonus, your daughter is following your lead. How cool is that? That’s how I felt when my son embraced my diet-style at the same high level of commitment that I did.
Another vibrant health anecdote from my family (in our book): Lisa, a thirty-six-year-old teacher and triathlete, reports faster healing, almost no need for deodorant, no cramping during her monthly period, and effortless weight loss (she went from size 8 to size 2 in the first six months).
Let us hear from you. Please post your own “vibrant health” anecdote below. And if you want to share your secret with others, you might recommend this handy package that will change their lives and show them how to find out exactly what vibrant health means to them.
Handy 5-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Our book: Healthy Eating, Healthy World by yours truly & son
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
- Earlier blog: Happiness = Healthy Body + Healthy Mind
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