To steal a quote from my idol Kristen from Hellonutritarian.com:
“Prep yourself, before you wreck yourself!”
These last few weeks I have had the pleasure of batch cooking for my new friend, Debra. Plant-based eating is new to her, and I am so proud of how she is embracing every dish enthusiastically, and with an open mind.
Cauliflower Pizza, Taco meat, coconut oat cookies, Pinto Beans, Roasted Veggies, Baked Apples
I think this is one of the keys to transitioning successfully to change of any kind. Often the foods we love have such a hold on us that even when we know they are harmful to our health and weight loss goals, we are unwilling to consider giving them up—believing that nothing could possibly be as tasty as our family favorites. Especially our sugar laden pastries, French fries, hamburgers, Mexican food, and pizza (oozing with cheese), and the list goes on…
I hear you loud and clear, because eight years ago I was right there with you! When I first read “Eat to Live” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and his recommendation was to remove meat and dairy from my diet, I quickly dismissed his advice, certain it bordered on heresy! I thought: “This can’t be healthy, how on earth will I get enough protein?”
Fast forward a couple of years when I was really suffering from a host of physical ailments, and one of my husband’s favorite sayings rang in my ears: “people don’t change until the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of change.” Well, my joint pain, memory loss, insomnia, and fear of addictive medications was finally greater than my fear of change. Suddenly the food I loved paled in comparison to the idea of a good night’s sleep, reducing the inflammation in my body, regaining my memory and joy for life, and being present for my husband, kids, and grandkids. Oh, and the idea of dropping the extra 35 pounds I was carrying around was super appealing as well. So, I dove into researching this whole-food plant-based diet, and it just made sense. I was also inspired by the numerous testimonies of healing I witnessed and read about. I decided we should go “all in”!
I will tell you there was a bit of a learning curve involved, a couple of weeks of discomfort as our bodies detoxed, and it required us to prepare more meals from scratch, but it was so worth the effort. After I dropped my first 20 pounds I walked into the produce aisle at the grocery store and grabbed a 10-pound bag of potatoes in each hand and strutted up and down a few aisles. It wasn’t long until I was exhausted. No wonder I had no energy! That has remained a great visual for me, and I am so grateful to have the boundless energy I enjoy today without hauling around 35 pounds of extra baggage. My husband has maintained his 50-pound weight loss as well—he feels great, and we enjoy life more now (at 64 & 67) than we did in our forties!
35 Pounds Total!
So, here’s the really good news about this change folks! First, let me assure you that we have not had to sacrifice the love of food for the sake of our health. We have amazing plant-based dishes that have replaced every food we ever previously thought we couldn’t do without! Second, within a couple of weeks our taste buds began to adapt to the new foods (minus all that salt, oil, and animal products), and we now crave healthy foods—and surprisingly most of the things we previously loved we no longer find appealing. We don’t have to count calories, because it isn’t a diet, it is a way of life—and there is an endless variety of yummy foods that we can eat in unlimited quantities.
Here are more examples of foods that we make ahead for the week, or freeze.
Green Salad for the week with Dr. Fuhrman Creamy Almond Balsamic Dressing
These are just a few examples of the yummy dishes we prep and freeze so we always have healthy
options available—really the key to success. Overwhelmed at the thought of all this cooking? Take
heart my friends, our soon2bhealthy.com website is a work in progress, and is being designed to address and help you overcome whatever obstacle stands between you and optimal health. Please take time to peruse the resource we provide there. Throughout our eight-year journey we have found ways around every roadblock that attempted to derail us from our mission to lose the weight and regain our failing health. We look forward to sharing the tips & tricks that have helped us “stay the course” and keep our eye on the prize-superior health and greater quality of life. We are currently focusing on website development, content and making videos (all a learning curve for this girl), so we can reach far more people–but stay tuned, we will start offering local classes again in the Fall!