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Eating healthy should be a way of life. How your body functions is directly related to what building blocks you provide. Exploring new foods, or different styles of cooking can be a great hobby to pursue. I enjoy trying new foods and food combinations, or preparing a favorite dish with a slight variation in hopes of discovering an even more favorite dish. It is easy to fall into a food routine. Without putting much effort into what/how you eat you’ll quickly fall into a pattern of eating. 


There is nothing wrong with finding foods that you like. We all do it. I probably only eat 3-4 different breakfast meals in a given month. I know what I like and I know how I like to make it…so that’s what I do. I also like to be sure that I’m eating purposefully. Eating on purpose means eating foods that your body processes well and that provide you with the nutrients needed to achieve your health goals. 


National Vegan day is a great reason to explore something new. Vegan eating stems from members of a vegetarian group in the UK who decided that simply removing meat from their diet wasn’t enough. They also pursued a diet which eliminated all products made from, or were tested on, animals. The animal product removal distinction was enough for Donald Watson and Elise Shrigley to form “The Vegan Society” in 1944. Since then the movement has gained widespread awareness with many others joining the no animal products movement. 


On this day you should take a look at your current diet and evaluate where you can make a change for the better. While I’m sure Donald and Elise would recommend removing all animal products, I would simply ask that you eat a meal that you’ve not had before. Vegan food options have come a very long way since 1944, and now there are countless options for eating without the need for animals to have been involved. 


Take today and try a black bean burger with a slice of vegan cheese, or don’t. But, I do strongly encourage you to spend time thinking about why you eat the foods you most commonly consume and consider committing to making a healthy swap. Small changes add up to big results in the long run. One percent better every day is the path to lasting change and strive to make that change for the better. Your future self will thank you. 

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