Recently, I got weak. I mean, I lost much of my strength and couldn’t figure it out. What was I doing wrong? I forgot to eat something very important. I am not what you’d call a vegetarian or vegan. But, I don’t eat meat. I eat 80-90% plant based whole food.
There is a difference between vegetarian, vegan and how I eat. I have called myself a ‘plant based whole foodist’. Can’t figure out anything else to call ‘me’. I kept getting weaker and weaker and I was beginning to think it was my ‘age’ catching up with me.
No, it wasn’t. Not at all. The real reason was something else. It was that I wasn’t eating enough protein. You don’t need animal products to get your protein. I really have to say that is totally untrue we need to eat any meat.
Matter of fact, the average American eats way too much protein in one day. Below is a sample of my diet, but I skimped on the ‘beans’ I was supposed to eat (about 1-1/2 cups of each day.) My wife kept telling me my muscles were ‘shrinking’.
‘I used to eat huge amounts of meat. Now, eating 80-90% plant based whole food, I have to be sure to eat enough daily beans’
*You can also calculate your diet plan like I did, here.
You do get protein in every fruit and vegetable, but I personally must have needed more. Because, as soon as I ‘upped’ the amount of beans to USDA My Plate recommendation, my strength (and, energy level) returned. This was almost immediate, within about 5 hours. I was amazed.
I eat my first meal around noon each day. It didn’t used to be that way, but I tend to be a ‘night owl’ sleeping in longer. It takes me a while to ‘wake up’. I don’t have to hurry anymore, so I sit around and sip my Japanese green tea looking out my window to the birds and squirrels and pet my kitties.
I so hated being in a hurry all the time in the ‘rat race’. I got up at 4:30 AM and drove in bumper to bumper LA traffic every single day like many of us here must do to make a decent living. I don’t miss it. Thank God I am retired. Amen!
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.