Eating to Live - Plant-based Diet


Those close to me know that the end of the year in 2017 I had two allergic reactions.  One sent me to the emergency room and left me with Epipens.  The other should have, but I took a lot of Benadryl and waited it out.  Then, I went to an allergist that same day.

I have to admit, it was a scary ordeal.  The worst part was NOT knowing the cause of the reactions.  Being in the healthcare field, I knew that there was a good chance I would never know the cause. That's horrible because most reactions get increasingly worse with each episode when it's caused by the same allergen.

Well, after a couple of weeks my allergist called me back.  He had gotten the results from the Mayo Clinic Lab.  It was positive/confirmed that I am allergic to a protein (alpha-gal) in red meat. I went through a gamut of emotions with the first being so thankful that was all. 

Then I thought about our diet; it was based mostly on red meat.  So needless to say, I converted to only chicken and fish.  I tried some turkey, but I've never been a fan of turkey.

As I've slowly been trying to eat much differently, I have been reading and watching some videos on whole food plant based eating.  It is quite fascinating and makes sense. 

I believe scripture is clear that we can eat meat.  However, in our modern day of processed foods, preservatives, and rapid growth hormones, eating whole foods and plant-based is certainly "food" for thought.

Oh, and the red meat protein allergy (this late in life) most likely came from a tick bite. Go figure.  I love being outside, but most often this occurs to hunters according to my allergist.

We certainly need to be cognizant of insecticides with fruits and vegetables so wash well.  

I would love your thoughts on the whole food plant-based lifestyle! So drop a comment below.

Genesis 1:29 ESV
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

Genesis 9:3 ESV
Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.