Since 1997, I have been working with adults living with chronic health conditions. Those conditions include heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, stroke, progressive neurological diseases, and mental health disorders. Many of those years were spent on teaching people to manage, or to "live" with their condition. The thought of disease prevention, and especially disease reversal was rarely if ever brought up. Then at 46, I became a patient myself. All these years, all these patients, and I now realized I was out of control with my own health. I reached my highest weight of 252 pounds. My diet was far from healthy. Through most years of my life, I was an emotional or stress eater. I was unfocused, and I had trouble sleeping. I knew I wasn't much of an example to the patients I was treating. After much self-directed research, I learned that the food I was eating, known as the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.), likely contributed more than I would have ever imagined to my condition.
The scientific evidence for a whole food plant-based diet for preventing, treating, and reversing (yes, reversing) major chronic diseases is solid, irrefutable, and evidence based. Eating more plants has improved my health in drastic ways and in a surprisingly short period of time. I'm stronger than I was at 35 years old. I'm 40 lbs less than I was at 46. Today, I have more energy, I sleep better, and I eat all the time (yes, I still love to eat!). I'm living in what I consider to be my best state of health, and I look forward to showing you how you can too. There has never been a better time for building stronger health, a stronger immune system, and a stronger planet. And it can all begin in your home, in your kitchen.
When I first began my journey in 2018, I was overwhelmed with all of the information out there regarding food, eating to lose weight, and finding the best way of eating for thriving health and longevity. I didn't really know where to begin. I discovered some very helpful resources. These are nonprofit organizations, lead by physicians, and backed by solid science. And that evidence is continuing to grow. I hope they can be helpful resources for you as well. I'm looking forward to hearing from you, and happy to answer any questions you may have.