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In the past few months, my family and I have started eating more plant-based foods. In fact, Mickey and I have been eating vegan for almost every meal. We will occasionally eat a non-vegan meal if we are out, but at home, we stick to a plant-based diet.  Why?  Studies confirm that plant-based diets help you live longer.

A close up of a person holding a bowl of fruit

It all started when we were watching a documentary on TV about the enormous health benefits of cutting out certain foods and replacing them with plant-based foods. We were shocked at the research that had been done, so we continued it and researched more at home.

We were flooded with study after study of people that had started eating plant-based foods and were able to not only heal themselves but also feel better.

One study in 2017, funded by Bill Gates, found that dietary risks were the leading cause of death and disability! Poor diet was found to be associated with over 11.3 million deaths.

When we started looking at different recipes online, we found that they were pretty straight-forward and easy to make. We’ve been eating fruit bowls with Pea Milk in the morning…


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Breakfast every morning: 1 banana, 1 apple, blueberries, hemp seeds, raisins (& strawberries when I have them) in a bowl with unsweetened vanilla Pea Milk poured over it. 😋

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Or making fruit smoothies for ourselves & the kids…

For dinner, we often have zucchini with some sort of sauce on it (like avocado pesto sauce)…


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Lunch. 🥰 Mickey created a delicious avocado pesto sauce for these raw zucchini noodles. So good! I told him to put the recipe on his blog next week :).

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Or we pick up a Vegan meal at the store (we like Sweet Earth Food frozen meals from Target – they are quick to heat up & they taste great).  You can find them HERE.  It makes it easy to eat plant-based foods when you know that you still have those quick go-to meals on nights when you don’t have the time (or desire) to cook. 🙂

All in all, I haven’t missed meat or dairy at all. Neither has Mickey. My parents have also started eating this way and they have both said that it has been a much easier transition than expected, too.

I think that when you know that there are studies confirming that plant-based diets help you to live a longer, healthier life, it makes the change a whole lot easier. I want to be around for my kids & their kids & their kids. If eating healthy will do that for us… I’m all in.

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. I love that switching to eating more plant foods has really helped you feel better. However, with growing children, you need to make sure they get enough of the right lipids (fats) in their diets too so that they can build the right hormones (Did you know most of the fats we eat get turned into hormones? I didn’t until I was suffering from severe anxiety/depression caused by a lack of omega-3 and vitamin D in my diet. Trust me, those fish oil pills worked a LOT better than the anti-depressants.) I recommend eating good quality fish or using whole-fat dairy products during your children’s growing years to go with the plant foods. You might find that the teenage years aren’t quite as rough when their bodies have good sources of hormone-building material.