Then my husband and partner of 32 years was diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer and I became even more motivated to find a food plan that really improved our health. I was lucky enough to take a class offered by my medical providers called Health and Wellness with a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Lifestyle. The doctors who taught the class had all been on this food plan for years. They showed us a plethora of research and data in support of the health benefits of the whole food, plant based (WFPB) diet. They also taught us which foods we could eat on the food plan and gave us recipes and advice on setting up our own WFPB kitchen.
All of us had our blood pressure taken weekly by nurses at the class. By the end of the six weeks, all of the participants who stuck to the food plan saw their blood pressure go down significantly and those with Type II diabetes also noticed improvements in their blood sugar.
I have been eating WFPB for years now and continue to reap the benefits: my cholesterol is normal for the first time in decades, and my blood sugar is no longer in the diabetic zone. I am thirty pounds lighter, and at my ideal weight. I can run 3 miles a few times a week and I can do pushups and sit-ups. These are all things I never thought I would be able to do again. I don’t crave sugar or have daily highs and lows, and I eat three meals and three snacks a day. I enjoy my food and enjoy cooking it and sharing it with family and friends. I would not go back to my old way of life and my old body for anything.
I feel so blessed to have finally found the answer, and I want to share it with you and show you how to make the transition and change your life. This is the cookbook I wish I’d had when I was transitioning to WFPB!
If you stick to eating a wholesome balance of the foods in this book, you will be making the transition, and you will experience the benefits
After all, the most important thing in your life is your health.
Like many of you, I have been searching for years for a food plan that optimizes my health, and also allows me to enjoy my favorite foods. For decades I had high cholesterol and was in and out of Type II diabetes. I spent years trying to figure out ways to lower my blood sugar and cholesterol. I was told to eat as little sugar as possible and increase my meat and fat intake. To my dismay, even when I adhered strictly to these recommendations, it didn’t help much. And as I got older, my weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol gradually crept up. No matter what I did, I could not shift things in the right direction. I remember saying to a friend that, if I just knew what to eat to make myself healthy again, I would do it.