Embracing The Plant

My relationship with plants goes deep. All humans’ do, but my relationship to plants seems heightened. I learned of this beautiful film I intend to see as soon as possible.

The film’s website invites people to submit practices, so I contributed mine.

Daily Tree Practice

I walk among a community of trees for a few moments, long enough to enter “tree time.” I stand still and listen to the trees, many my elder and all patient. I feel welcomed, nurtured and centered. When I step out of the woods to return to my life, I carry a whisper of tree wisdom through my day. Sometimes my arms feel like branches, my heart stable like a trunk, my feet rooted in vast networks of energy.

Plant Nourishment

Although I have been “pescatarian” (seafood, eggs, dairy as only animal proteins) for decades, I have eaten 100% plants for the past two years. People have frequently asked me, “How do you get enough protein?” I inform them that vegetables have a lot more protein than many people realize. A big American myth. For example, an average stalk of broccoli contains 7 grams of protein. That’s as much or more than a single egg!

My weight still fell in the obese range despite being vegan, so this year I monitored calories and have been working on maximizing nutrition. For me, this free app has worked wonders to chart my intake and activity and learn precisely what the nutrient breakdown is of all plants I ingest. Over a few months’ time, not only have I lost weight to the point I am out of the obese range, but tracking nutrients this precisely has shown me which plants give me most “nutrient bang for buck.”

Interestingly, over the past few years I have intuitively stuck with four daily supplements: Flax seed oil, vitamin D, vitamin B complex, and calcium-magnesium-zinc tablet before bed – it has a slight calming effect.  I had learned over the years that these four are thought to play a role in depression, that many vegetarians do not get enough omega-3s (in the flax seed oil) and certain vitamin Bs, and vitamin D deficiency is a huge known issue in the darker region of the world where I live.

Turns out, while monitoring nutrients through Cronometer’s app, I have discovered that each of the above supplements are what I come up short in by day’s end. So finally in my 5th decade of life, I am thrilled to have arrived by trial and error at the best possible way to care for my physical self and nourish myself on the rainbow of Earth’s bounty. Whether you want to live on 100% plants or less, this video shares a lot of great information about plants and human health.

About Erin W

A sensitive plant, bamboo strong.
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2 Responses to Embracing The Plant

  1. Christina Pociask says:

    This was a great read, thanks for sharing!

    With regards to your 4 daily supplements, are there any brands in particular or methods of ingestion that have become your favorite?

    I have been thinking of adding a similar supplement regimen to my diet…

    • Erin W says:

      Thanks Christina. I generally get Nature’s Bounty (green bottle) or NatureMade brands because they are readily available in most stores near me. I believe in not needing to spend tons of dollars to maintain health. Aiming for between 2000IU-6000IU of vitamin D, 1000-1400mg flax seed oil is a good benchmark. I have gotten a cold or illness less than once every two years since starting this regimen. I do get some of each of these in diet, but just not the optimal amount. It’s vitamin B12 that vegans cannot get enough of through plants, so the B-complex covers it all. Here’s a great article about this I just looked up: http://www.thesweetbeet.com/vegan-diet/

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