“How much longer”? Does that sound familiar? Every parent can hear the whiney tone of that question asked impatiently coming like a roar out a small child in the back seat of their car. That ‘small child’ grows into a sulky teen who snarls out that question a few years later – but is always the same question. As adults, we also re-vert to that question too. This is especially true when it comes to setting a goal for ourselves and we want it to be accomplished as soon as possible – like now already!
So you are interested in improving your health or wanting to preserve the planet or wanting to protect animals or perhaps you are motivated by all three. So how long will this take? Well, in order to preserve the planet or protect the animals – it actually means that you have to start with yourself. You are the change agent that can only accomplish the other two activities of preservation and protection by first promoting your own health.
Following the outcomes of evidence-based nutritional science means that for optimal personal health – following an oil-free, whole plant-based diet of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes will prevent the chronic, lifestyle diseases plaguing our society. This way of eating – can prevent heart disease – the number one north american killer. It also can prevent diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions – with junior high students now contracting it, contradicting past trends when it was once labelled as ‘adult onset’ diabetes. And of course, there is cancer – many forms of which are preventable.
Eating whole plant-based foods can also reverse already existing heart disease and type 2 diabetes. There have been clinical trials to prove this is possible – check out the work of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr or Dr. Dean Ornish or Dr. John McDougall as examples. Cancer is survivable – check out the work of Dr. Thomas Campbell and T. Colin Campbell, authors of ‘The China Study”. An additional source of evidence-based scientific findings is Physicians Committee (PCRM.ORG).
But how long does it take to see results? Some people report positive changes to their well being after just 7 days but the time frame of 21 days, 30 days and 90 days are most consistently reported. For example, 21 days is considered an optimal period of time to convert a temporary change into a habit. Habits help to sustain lasting change like weight loss, a spring in your step, healthier skin, better blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol results.
At about 30 days, our taste buds have awakened more fully and food just tastes more flavourful and delicious. This make us want to eat a power plate of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes – enjoying this ‘rainbow’ on our plate is truly a symphony of all our needed nutrients for optimal health.
By 90 days, the craving for fat is often conquered, So low fat, oil-free cooking results in simple, wholesome, delicious meals. Yum! After 12 years of schooling plus whatever followed that – 90 days doesn’t seem long at all!