So, after I read the first book, it led me to T. Colin Campbell's book "The China Study". This was very interesting because this man that grew up on a dairy farm is advocating the whole grain, plant based diet. So I really started to research what is a whole grain, plant based diet? I downloaded a book to my kindle that walks you step by step through it:
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition by Julieanna Hever M.S., R.D., C.P.T.
It is pretty much what it sounds like--lots of fruits and veggies and whole grains. In addition, no added oil. I decided that I would not start it until January 1, 2012. There was no reason over the holidays to set myself up to fail.
So, on January 1 I stopped eating any meat or dairy products and I don't eat any added oil. It has been quite a challenge because even cooking with meat and dairy products, my kitchen hates me. I have stabbed myself in the thumb with a fork trying to prick a potato and I have had numerous cuts and burns. My husband has teased me since very early in our relationship that the smoke detectors in the house are my oven timer! I guess something needs to alert me when I forgot what was in the oven and black smoke is pouring out:) With this in mind, I have decided to make the new diet as simple as possible for now. I go shopping every weekend. I buy lots of fresh fruits and veggies and cut them up and put them in my fridge in containers I can take to work.