After many decades of eating meals planned around a main course of meat, I switched to plant-based living in July, 2019. My main reason for starting this journey was that my son, a chiropractor in Texas who was fairly new to the plant-based way of life himself, hinted gently that I might feel better if I stopped ingesting meat, eggs, cheese, and milk. I thought I was doing pretty well for a grandmother of seven, but I had resigned myself to living with an annoying cough, aches and pains in back and legs, decreasing energy and daily blood pressure medicine for the rest of my life. I decided to give it a shot. I immediately felt positive effects and found it surprisingly easy, even fun, to change my habits and explore new ways of enjoying food. Another son, who lives in Cancún, joined me in the plant-based lifestyle, and he has had similar experiences. Renewed energy and just plain feeling good are more powerful than arguments and ideology.
Plant-based living describes lifetime habits rather than a temporary diet; it refers to things that I do rather than something that I am. It helps me focus and gives me the freedom to get back on track if I get off. I’m feeling so good, I don’t mind what you call me. I just want to share my experiences and hope you’ll do the same.
I have lived in Cancún, Mexico, since June, 2017. I’ve been a teacher, translator, and university administrator in Texas, Massachusetts, and Mexico. I’m the mother of three and grandmother of seven. ~ Mary Ann Lesh
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