I bare myself to share my own journey of transformation from high protein & fat paleo diet for 1 & 1/2 years (April 2010-Sept 2011 ) to a whole food plant-based vegan diet. The one+ year paleo was low carb, minimal starches, no wheat/gluten/grains/beans. Prior, I was eating high protein, lots of veggies, plenty of olive & coconut oil, some fruit, some grain and starches, minimal bread/wheat.
I reached my all time heaviest weight around Jan 2011…and I was getting married 5 months later! Yikes! Reality check!!! Nothing like seeing yourself in pictures and not liking what you see!
We began to cut way back on fats. Ate more mild white fish, less red meat and salmon. And more potatoes. A lot of this excess weight was during a prolonged period of trying to show you could eat a paleo diet on a budget. During that time we ate more pork, which I never liked much in the past. Prior, we spent a lot of money on wild caught salmon, and grass-fed meats.
I catered our wedding w/ the help of my amazing friends and family! So proud to have made it a gluten-free affair! That was May, 2011.
In Aug of that year, Don gave a presentation at the 1st Ancestral Health Symposium. He already wrote his ‘Farewell to Paleo’ blog post that went viral. I had a health scare of horribly tender/painful lumpy, & enlarged fatty fibrocystic breasts. We immediately began to eat beans & legumes, and a tbsp. of flax seeds daily. We went totally plant-based by Sept. Within 3 months, my enlarged, fatty, tender, and lumpy breasts were healed.
The rest, as they say, is history…. chronicled on the slide show. I have continued to feel health improvements. BUT, it takes time. There are ups and downs. Best advice: PATIENCE!!!! It’s all about health, from the inside out. Freelee the Banana Girl gives this advice often, and rightfully so!
So grateful to have made the change to a healthy plant-based diet. The best changes have been in the massive awakening of my heart, and a return to my earlier values as a younger adult. My love of animals and nature. I feel so much more aligned with my authentic self! And, I eat all the potatoes and pasta I care for, not to mention the fruits!
If I were to cater my wedding now, it would be animal-free!
The Plant-Based Solution Health Group