Plant-Based Eating with Nita Garden Fitness
If you’re anything like me, I struggle with finding balance with my food regimen. My schedule oftentimes isn’t as harmonious either and doesn’t support what my body truly needs in order to use it as fuel. I met Shanita Williams, Owner of Nita Garden Fitness and food expert during the June Barter Brunch. During our follow up conversation we discussed some of the barriers women face in hosting not only a more clean diet, but also clearer steps to execute this change.
Shanita, W., tell us more about your journey. A plant-based diet consists mostly or entirely of foods derived from plants, including vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits, and with few or no animal products. The birth of Nita Garden Fitness occurred with conscious health in mind. With growing up in Alabama I noticed how many people didn't have the best health. Many people didn’t think healthy options were within their reach.
Fast forward, I currently work as a medic in the military which leaves me with slim food options, however, when I cook I show out. I love super healthy grass foods all the way up to vegan comfort food. My passion for this comes from wanting others to experience what true soul food is without its bad ingredients. I want people to be educated to the best of their abilities and I would love to be a part of that journey with them.
What are your thoughts about a plant-based diet? Well, it’s better of course! I say this with having done my homework, but most of all because I speak from experience. I adopted a plant-based diet in November 2017. The lifestyle I choose meant that I would no longer ingest animal products. It was not an easy road, but every bump has proven itself to worth the destination. While I made my change cold turkey I experienced withdrawals. I initially encountered headaches. These presented themselves due to my lack of proper nutrition. Like most I didn’t know what meals to make or how to make them. I love to cook so I began to mix things up and make interesting meals to keep myself focused. I soon learned that my meals didn’t need animal products. I compare myself to an elephant. Even as one of the largest and smartest animals it survives by eating grass and drinking water. Humans are no different. Plants are the ONLY foods that receive the full and necessary dose of photosynthesis to provide our bodies with the energy and strength it needs to repair itself.
I must admit that “cold turkey” is not the route some are mentally ready to embrace, however, do not be discouraged! Just because you aren’t moving at the pace as some does not mean you are not headed in the right (more healthy) direction!
If this is a change you are looking to make I highly recommend these tips:
• Start slow.
• Cut down meat and processed food intake.
• Go for plant-based breakfast.
• Watch your protein.
• Know your food.
• Stock up on healthy foods.
• Keep your meals fun and exciting.
• Most of all, surround yourself with people that support your decision in making this change.
How can we get in contact with you? If for some reason you can’t think of anyone or just want that extra enforcement Nita Garden Fitness is always in the corner of those that are willing to help themselves! Below you will find my contact information. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. This is my passion! Helping others is never a burden!
More questions about making the transition? Drop a comment below!