Plant Based Diet, Days 4-8 Recap

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been 8 full days on a plant based diet with no added oils. I am pretty proud of myself!

The Physical

So far I’ve lost 3 pounds and have seen major improvements in my skin. My energy levels are extremely high; I especially notice how energetic I am when I’m running. 3 weeks ago I completed a full marathon and have been doing small recovery runs since (2-3 miles). At the beginning of this diet I felt that my body was really still recovering from the marathon. I wasn’t sore any more but I was still pretty fatigued. However, the last few days I’ve been out running and just wanted to keep going! I know I owe that to the diet. I also noticed some mild plantar fasciitis starting after the marathon and now it’s completely gone. Thank you, plants!

My husband and I both were chatting yesterday about how our desire for meat and cheese it pretty much gone. In the first couple days we were really struggling with an addiction to it, but now the only thing I miss is olive oil. I love to cook Italian food and am used to using quite a bit of olive oil, mostly to bring out the flavor in things. On my plant based expedition, though, I am not using any oil…or salt. I didn’t realize how much I rely on those two things for flavoring. Needless to say, this diet is teaching me to get pretty creative with spices.

The Spiritual

My mental alertness has to be one of the biggest benefits I’ve noticed. I love reading my bible, but in the past have struggled with truly devoting 100% of my focus to what I’m reading. My mind wanders to things that are on my to-do list when I should be sitting and spending time with God. I pulled out my bible and began reading the book of John the other night, and for the first time in a long time I felt that God was speaking directly to me. He had my full attention. I can’t help but think that by taking better care of my body, I’m being a better servant to the Lord. I know that the Bible says that our bodies are temples to the Lord, but I never really thought about what that meant. I usually just thought it meant to not sin…but no! In my Christian faith I believe that the Holy Spirit lives in me. The best way I can explain the Holy Spirit is that it’s our direct connection to God. If I’m about to turn down a wrong road that could lead to a major accident, the Holy Spirit is the voice inside that softly says, “Nope. Don’t go that way today, take another route.” Anyways, if the Holy Spirit is LIVING in me, shouldn’t I be taking pretty darn good care of my body? Hello!

Another thought that came to mind was doing my part. As an athlete I pray that God will protect my body from injury. I pray that He will help me train hard so that I can win races. I pray that He will protect me from sickness so that I can be at my fullest potential. If I’m down here feeding my body junk that’s going to make me sick, but praying that God will protect me from sickness, I’m not entirely doing my part. Sure, God still has the power to protect me from sickness and injury even if I’m eating junk, but that just doesn’t seem like the right thing for me to do. Of course, God loves me no matter what. He’d love me even if I ate McDonalds every day, but I want to do all that I can to take good care of the body that He gave me.

And that’s what I’m doing…right here, right now. Day 8 of plant based eating. The best is yet to come.

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