The Key To Stay Healthy Is Actually Simple

Why Did I Switch To Plant-based Diet? Photo by Nadine Primeau on Unsplash

The essence of the plant-based diet is simplicity. The food you are eating daily obtain only from vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits and rare consumption of animal products.

Just like what Thoreau said, “Simplify, simplify, simplify.”

No need to process anything and put any additives that can actually just ruin our body.

Science may not be my favorite subject when I was a student from primary level up to college, but with this, I’m gonna pull Science off (and this is not an easy job for me, but, yep, I did my best not to misinform my readers with this one).

Basically, you derived from only two cells (one from our father and one from our mother). And from those two cells, you are amazingly processed to form an incredible masterpiece… that’s YOU! All the processes and functions work together tunefully to keep your health balanced. Therefore, you are designed in a very natural way.

The amazing potential that made your body from two single cells can actually heal your body. For instance, you accidentally cut your finger. It bleeds, a scab is formed and it heals.

Our body makes 2.5 million red blood cells every second and 250,000 white blood cells every second. There are 50 to 77 trillion cells in a human’s body and the nervous system control is the master control system of them all. A single neuron can handle as many as 833 impulses per second. Your liver performs over 657 known functions simultaneously without you even being aware of them.

Our body cells: 2.5 million red blood cells every second and 250,000 white blood cells . Photo courtesy: Reference*
Our body cells: 2.5 million red blood cells every second and 250,000 white blood cells. Photo courtesy: Reference*

Amazing work of the law of nature!

The reason why I write this article for the very first time is to share my own journey in switching my diet to a plant-based diet. Every journey I set out on, there was never a time that I don’t feel nervous. Especially when I made a decision to share it with the public.

I started my plant-based diet in January 2019. During the year 2018, I allowed myself not to restrict my desires to eat any food because I don’t want to feel like I am left out when I am eating especially with the group.

Therefore, I compromise.

Ever since I had cancer until I completed my treatment. After that, I experienced PTSD and I started to practice meditation, I learned to be more sensitive to my body. In other words, whatever I feed to my body, the way I think, the food I eat, and the drinks I drink, my body is sending me messages if it is happy, sad, sick or healthy.

This time I listen to my body.

Why did I switch to a plant-based diet?

    I am a cancer survivor and I don’t want to risk my self and wait for the last minute until the doctor will say again that my cancer is back or spread into different sites.
    I listen to my gut feeling the same way I listen to anyone who needs someone’s shoulder to lean on. Whatever my gut feeling tells me, I confront it with confidence no matter how difficult to accept the truth.

Change is never easy but always possible. ~ Barack Obama

I successfully completed my 1 month challenging myself to switch into this new diet paradigm. It was never easy. There are times that I still allow myself to cheat. But it’s 80/20. Eighty percent I follow my new diet and 20 percent I sometimes cheat.

I will be writing a series of the new paradigm of my diet this year, its results and development, especially to my body. Are you, too, thinking to change your lifestyle? I know it isn’t easy to change. Write a comment below about the major decision you want to do this year.

For those cancer survivors who just completed their treatment and trying to regain lost weight and muscle, you may consult your own diet paradigm from your nutritionist that can give you expert advice.

My name is Cielo, the author of “The Cancer Voice Asia”, a blog that aims to support and inspire anyone who is facing cancer. I know how it feels to be diagnosed with a rare and aggressive type of cancer, Leiomyosarcoma, at the age of 29. I know the challenges, the fears, the hopes, and the joys of living with cancer. I want to share my story with you and connect you with others who understand what you are going through. Together, we can empower ourselves and fight against the disease. Join me on this platform and let’s make our healing journey a meaningful one.

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