Since we work from home it’s not unusual for my wife to turn Oprah on in the middle of the day. From time to time, she (Oprah) will actually be talking about something that interests me. Today was one of those days where I got a “Miiiike, come watch Oprah.”
Oprah’s show today was about eating healthier and a challenge she posed to each of her 378 staffers to eat vegan for one week. Most of them had the same reaction I had when I first contemplated eating vegan. Things like “what am I actually going to eat” or “I can’t live without cheese”.
The results of the vegan challenge:
For those who successfully completed the challenge, without cheating at all, they lost an average of 4 pounds each. She had several of her staff on the show who fulfilled the challenge. All of them unanimously said they hadn’t felt better in years. They also all agreed they were making more regular bowel movements.
I know it’s yucky to talk about, but regular bowel movements are extremely important. One staff member on the show said that she typically only made one bowel movement per week! However, while doing the vegan challenge she had a bowel movement every day. Folks, if you aren’t making at least one bowel movement per day then you aren’t eating healthy.
Another one of Oprah’s guests today was Michael Pollan, one of my favorite authors on the subject of eating healthier. He coined a phrase that I use often, “The food most of us eat isn’t food, it’s a food like substance.” Michael’s written such books as Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, among others.
How I eat:
All of you need to make your own decisions on what food you eat. For me, I settled on what I refer to as a “veganish” diet. I never eat dairy anymore, I eat very few eggs, and do my best to only eat free range chicken or wild caught fish. I also never drink soda, stay away from as many “whites” as possible, and try to buy locally grown organic produce. Whites are things like white bread, white flour, white rice, etc.
Growing up, a typical meal for me was a plate of meat accompanied with one or two sides. Unfortunately, the sides were things like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes with gravy, creamed spinach, french fries, bread, or some other highly processed food. Not to mention, that I ate a ridiculous amount of fast food and preprepared frozen dinners.
Now a typical day’s food includes a bowl of berries with handmade organic granola, an apple, a pita stuffed with grilled veggies (including red peppers, tomatoes, kale, onions, and beans), and a bowl of cashews / almonds. In fact, that is exactly what I’ve eaten so far today.
I was excited to see Oprah talking about diet, specifically veganism, on her show today. There is no doubt how much influence Oprah has and hopefully several people from her audience will think twice before they take their next bite of food. All of us have three votes per day to influence what food remains mainstream. The fact is, that corporations will start making healthier food if their consumers demanded.
I’m looking forward to a day when everyone is eating healthier and when people don’t look at me funny because I’m overly concerned about what I put in my body.