Over the weekend I asked my parents to watch the documentary “Forks over Knives” with me. It’s a movie that explains the importance of a plant based diet, and how it not only helps your body, but also cures and reverses many sicknesses and diseases. In a world where heart disease and obesity are the number one killers, it is up to us to find natural, homeopathic remedies to heal our bodies.
After watching the film, I asked my parents if they would be willing to try to go vegan for 3 days and only eat whole plant foods. My mother said she’d try, but wouldn’t switch completely. My father though, surprised me the most by saying he would be willing to try to go fully vegan for 3 days. He also smokes daily so he has been trying to cut back on that, so now he is trying to only have 1 cigarette at 7pm.
To help them with this challenge, I said I would prepare their meals for them, and teach them how to make certain things.
I made us bowls of oatmeal with fruit, nuts, hemp hearts, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and chocolate brownie nut butter from Sweet Spreads.
I was busy in the kitchen making two kinds of pancakes for breakfast: sweet potato and spinach.
For Sunday night dinner, I prepared a delicious meal: kale and quinoa salad, sweet potato fries, broccoli and spinach. My brother was cooking lamb for himself and my grandpa, but my mother, father and I all stuck to our delicious plate of whole foods.
For breakfast I made vegan french toast (the recipe is in my E-book) and my parents loved it!
For lunch I made green juices and smoothies. The smoothies included frozen banana, spinach, peanut butter and water. The juice was kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, Macintosh apple, strawberries, frozen banana, and water.
That pretty much sums up the three day plant based diet challenge. It was a pretty fun experience for both my parents and I. I was busy in the kitchen making lots of foods, and they were gaining a new experience by trying all of these things. My dad even said that after today, he’s not going to go completely vegan, but he’d like to stick with mainly plant based foods, but still be able to have his regular food, but with smaller portions.
On Sunday night when we were eating dinner, my brother and grandpa only had meat on their plate – no greens! It was terrible.. I cringed a little bit. We tried to get them to eat some but they refused. My dad now says that rather than having his plate 80% meat and 20% veggies, he wants to have it the other way around.
I’m glad I was able to share this with them and introduce them, even if just a little bit, to a whole and healthy lifestyle. If you haven’t watched the documentary Forks over Knives, I highly recommend it.
Ps. All new foods you see in this post will be on my blog with a recipe within the week!
Here are some extra photos from the past 3 days.