Growing up, I consumed the Standard American Diet which is full of processed , inflammatory foods, added sugar and a lot of animal products (meat, dairy, and eggs). Even though my mom was cooking “healthy” at home, and making sure that we were eating lots of fruits and vegetables.
I developed a lot of disorders myself from migraines, acne, constipation, and bloating. At the time, I thought that it’s just who I was and it was part of my genetics but after PA school I didn’t want to accept it as my fate anymore. I set out on a mission to figure out what are causing these issues. So first I looked at my diet, what was I eating that was contributing. I eliminated processed and inflammatory foods, and added sugars. For awhile I felt better, but I still had these conditions.
Then a couple years ago, my husband and I watched “What The Health” which really opened up our eyes to the food industry. So we decided for the fun of it, to try plant based for a couple weeks to see how we felt. Once we tried it, after those two weeks we were amazed at how we felt. We had more energy, we could sleep better, the brain fog (that we didn’t know we had) was gone, and we were even stronger in our workouts. Two weeks led to a commitment for life. Now two years later, we feel absolutely amazing. In fact, my conditions are improving everyday!
There’s also a lot of studies (see below) that I want you to be aware of as far as the benefits of a plant based lifestyle and the prevention and even reversal of chronic disorders such as cardiovascular [dis]ease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, kidney disorders, and autoimmune disorders. It’s very exciting to see all this research coming out.
For my clients who are interested in a plant based lifestyle, I definitely help guide them transition. If you’re thinking about starting a plant based lifestyle as well but you don’t know where to start, I always recommend start with one day a week were you are making all plant based recipes (no animal products). If you don’t know what to make, what I have done is created a Pinterest page for my clients that you can check out as well. Definitely go on and check it out, there is different categories to choose from and pick some recipes.
So start of once a week, pick for example a “Meatless Monday” and make all plant based recipes. Then after a couple week, start incorporating plant foods 2-3 times a week for the entire day. Then a few weeks after that, go to 4-5 times a week. Then before you know it, you’re going to be full on plant based. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Be sure to subscribe, like, and share with anyone who would find benefit from this.
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Dr. Michael Greger: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4684122/
Plant Based Diet & Chronic Disorders: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3662288/
Cardiovascular disease: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4315380/
Cardiovascular disease: https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/78/3/544S/4689995
Heart Failure: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5971679/
Kidney Disease & Plant Protein: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6506755/
Kidney Disease: https://cjasn.asnjournals.org/content/14/5/682
Multiple Sclerosis: https://www.msard-journal.com/article/S2211-0348(16)30100-6/fulltext
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6382506/
Rheumatoid Arthritis: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5682732/