Me and my husband.
Location: Denver, Colorado
What are the biggest changes you've noticed since eating more Whole Food Plant Based?
I feel better all around! I've lost weight, my stomach doesn't grumble like it used to, I have more energy. The best change is that the pain from my Rheumatoid Arthritis (an autoimmune disease that causes swelling and pain in the joints) has decreased!
What do you know now about food and eating that you wish you knew a long time ago?
There is an adjustment period after giving up processed food and animal products. But once you get past that hump, whole foods are more flavorful that you realize. I used to buy baby carrots for snacks-they were a little bland and unsatisfying but they were healthy so I ate them. Now, I buy a 5lb bag of whole carrots and crave them-so sweet and crunchy, I can't get enough!
Is it safe to say that changing your diet has changed your life? Tell us about it!
Definitely! I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis about 2 1/2 years ago and the pain and flare ups were getting progressively worse. I had flares so bad I was up for hours in the middle of the night crying in pain. About 6 months ago my husband agreed to try a WFPB diet with me. My pain decreased and I haven't had a really bad flare since! The first time I went to my doctor after changing my diet, I had lost 10 lbs since the appointment 2 months prior. I feel amazing and changing my diet has given me the ability to naturally manage a disease that can cause a lifetime of pain and disability.
What role did Molly and Clean Food Dirty Girl play in helping you get to where you are now?
I came across one of Molly's recipes on Pinterest which led me to CFDG. I signed up for the newsletter and joined the Facebook page. I love how Molly weeds out any negative people and keeps the page safe and supportive. Like most members, I grew up eating animal products so of course I have cravings and go through weak periods and occasionally cave in. Her newsletters and the posts on the page prevent me from beating myself up and rather focus on keeping on track.