I wanted to wish you all a Happy Independence Day! This is a day that sits close to my heart for two major reasons:
- My son-in-law (who works tirelessly to help me with getting content put online for Plant-Smart Living) serves actively in the US military and has served multiple tours overseas and domestically.
- Independence Day serves as a reflection of the fact that we are "free." This freedom, of course, is representative of freedom from the chains of oppressive dictators and rulers. However, I think this translates to personal freedom, which is a part of the plant-based message we are consistently looking to spread.
Having switched to a plant-based diet, I have found new freedom for myself on a personal level. Freedom to go against the grain when social pressures consistently tell me "meat is healthy" and "milk is good for your body!" When I transitioned to a vegan diet, I found myself becoming healthier and healthier. As a result: I found new freedom I didn't realize existed. Freedom from all the extra weight I carried around (I have lost 65+ pounds since starting this journey 3 years ago). And freedom from many of the negative health conditions that made me unable to function as well as I would like. Now, in my golden years, I feel healthier than ever.
Hopefully you are blessed today and take a moment to reflect on all the personal freedom you have come to enjoy. If you are new to a plant-based lifestyle, be sure to check out some of our great blog, garden, and recipe content such as "What is a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet?"