Today I have decided to begin my journey of blending my two passions. Passion one is education. I am a 5th grade Dual Language ESL reading and science teacher. I love my job. I give it my time, love and commitment.
Passion number two began in 2014 when I went to a whole food plant based (WFPB) potluck with a group of people in my community that I found on Facebook. I wasn’t sure what plant based meant but I quickly learned it meant no animal or dairy products, no oils, salt and sugar. What I discovered was the food was amazing and tasty. I came home and cleaned out the pantry, refrigerator and freezer! I decided then and there to eliminate all animal and dairy products and I am still on my journey to eliminate added oils, salt and sugar.
Two years later, I am off two medications, lost a few pounds, and I feel wonderful! Through all this I have come to believe that eating this way not only promotes healthy living but it is also better for our planet and it is compassionate towards animals.
As I ponder my future in education I can’t deny my perspective has changed since I eliminated animal products from my diet and went WFPB. I no longer see myself as a teacher in the public schools five years from now. Instead, I see myself working in some capacity helping and teaching other people the benefits and rewards of living a WFPB lifestyle.
At one time I only read books on teaching and now I mostly read books on WFPB topics. I am currently reading “Proteinaholic” by Dr. Garth Davis http://proteinaholic.com/. It is an excellent read because it makes “the why” of eating plant based understandable, very detailed in the science and research that supports this way of eating and it does have a touch of humor! I also listen to podcasts when driving to work, my current favorite is Easy Vegan by JL Fields http://jlgoesvegan.com/about/easy-vegan-radio-show/ I love her soft and soothing voice, her questions are what I am wondering and she has great guests.
I am not sure where this blog or adventure will lead me but I will post ideas and updates along the way. Let the adventure begin!!!!