We’ve covered many stages in a woman’s life. It’s amazing how profoundly diet affects each and every one. From puberty, through the childbearing years, and certainly on into our mature years—eating well is the foundation for good health. No matter what your age today, the right diet will significantly influence your life in the coming months and years. Congratulations are in order as you turn to the recipe section of this book, putting what you have learned to work.
You’ll see that unlike tricky diets that forbid carbohydrates, cost a lot of money, or require a lot of time, the perfect nutrition plan is really quite simple. That’s not to say that those of you of who enjoy the culinary arts will not be able to create an elaborate and exquisite dinner party menu. You can indeed! And on busy days you’ll also be able to get in and out of the kitchen in 15 minutes, creating wonderful meals packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
What’s nice about building a diet from plant foods is that it is one plan you can share with your family and even with friends who are life-long dieters. Once you take new recipes like those at the back of this book to the dinner table, you’ll wonder why you ever missed out on these delicious vegetables and grains.
It is very likely that you will see changes immediately. Dwindling energy will return, your clothes may soon fit a little more comfortably, and your mind will be free to focus on something other than calories and cholesterol. If the entire family joins in, they will benefit along with you in so many ways. Happily, good eating habits, developed early, often stay with us for life. You may have been raised on over-processed convenience foods or very high-fat hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken wings. But you are breaking the cycle now, and that’s what matters.
We can all look around and see obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, and other diet-related illnesses touching more lives than ever before. By switching to a plant-based diet, you’ll be taking one momentous leap toward avoiding these serious conditions.
In working with research participants, dietitians at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine have found the greatest success with women who follow this eating plan 100 percent. An easy way to ensure that you will stick with it, is to commit yourself completely for three weeks. There’s no need to follow the daily menus exactly; just choose any of the recipes that appeal to you. At the end of this time, many people are anxious to explore more new tastes and are already enjoying the benefits of a vegan diet. Three weeks will easily turn to months, and then to years.
Speaking of years, the clock is ticking for all of us. Yet when you change your eating habits in as dramatic a way as this, you’ll begin to see each day as an opportunity for strengthening and invigorating your cells, your body, your life. Father Time will surely smile upon you. So get going and enjoy!
We wish you the very best of success in your new endeavor, and the very best of health.