Friday, July 17, 2015

Who is Mrs. Plant?




Before (Early 90's)
Most of you do not know me at all. You may come here to visit and check out new recipes, but you may not know my motivation for creating this food blog (www.mrsplantintexas.com). It's simply this...I want my story to motivate you and give you hope. I want you to have your own transformation story to tell if you don't already. I care about you!

I do not get paid to share recipes with you. I don't even really have extra time to do all that I have to do each day. But, this is important. Getting well and staying well matters.

So, here's my story (if you don't already know it!)...

On May 26, 2012 (over three years ago!), our oldest son (then in college) asked us to watch "Forks Over Knives" -- the eye-opening documentary about the correlation between food and dietary illness. At the time, I was a sedentary Type 2 diabetic, fast-food junkie, weighing 220 pounds (at 5'2" tall), and I was taking orals meds three times a day.

After we all watched the film, my 138-lb husband (who is an athlete, but had hereditary high cholesterol), announced that we were going to changed our lives. He promptly threw out every animal product and processed food from our home and declared us 100% whole foods plant-based eaters...COLD TURKEY. You would think I would have
Before (Early '90s)
been devastated; but honestly, I was actually RELIEVED.

Being an avid cook already, this was actually a lot of fun for me. I bought cookbooks and scoured the Internet for plant-based recipes. I learned how to improve the nutrient value and healthfulness of recipes, and as a result, my “Mrs. Plant” food blog was born. I wanted to create low-fat, whole foods plant-based recipes that families could enjoy together (even if some of the members were omnivores!). I truly had a blast diving into this new lifestyle. And, the weight started to come off--for the first time in two decades! In addition, I got off all my meds in ONLY 3 months! I was on the path to good health, and it felt fabulous.

But, I'm not going to lie to you. Though I have eaten 100% plant-based the entire time, I have had time periods where I ate more processed "vegan" foods. Immediately, my body fought back. My blood sugar would spike and my cholesterol would elevate. I have learned in three years that eating a WHOLE FOODS plant-based diet is the ONLY way to reverse illness effectively.

The doctor I was seeing when I got off my diabetes medications told me that he would be “out of business” if everyone became vegan. THAT WAS MY LAST APPOINTMENT WITH HIM. frown emoticon After searching, I found an amazing doctor in my city who is well-versed in plant-based nutrition and a true advocate. Having gotten my certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Collin Campbell program, my doctor began referring his patients to me for food coaching. Now, I work with individuals who have been diagnosed with hypertension, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, and overweight to change their lifestyle—both with food and exercise. I teach them to shop, cook, and move!

Presently, both of my sons (ages 20 and 23 years old) and husband are plant-based eaters, and my sister, brother-in-law, and several friends have joined us on this journey, as well. I started a Facebook group two years ago (for plant-based Texans) with only 22 people, and now we have almost 600 members! People are getting it! My husband’s cholesterol dropped from over 200 to as low as 150, and we’ve all experienced amazing results like weight loss, increased energy, improved sleep, excellent fitness recovery, clear skin, and so much more! And, the best part for me is that I haven’t gained a single pound back and I’m still enjoying being medication-free. 

Before/After
This lifestyle is not as hard as it seems. True, you can't eat out at restaurants every day of the week (nor SHOULD you!). You will have to cook--plain and simple. But, you don't have to cook every day. You don't have to make complicated meals if you don't want to. You just need to get off the junk and onto life-giving plant-based foods. If you have cravings, you need to stick with it. The results will come and you will feel better as you go along.
Before/After
Photo taken Summer 2015

Love & Plants!

~ MRS. PLANT

8 comments:

  1. So awesome to read your story! Wonderful to see how your family does this together and how you've been able to help others, thanks for sharing!

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  2. So inspiring to read your story. I have been dipping my toe into the whole world of WFPB eating, & your article on going cold turkey was helpful as well. I found you on FB and have joined your group there as well. Yahoo! So great to find more like-minded veg-heads. Thanks for doing what you do! - From another Texan

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    1. Thank you, Robin! Let me know if I can help you in any way. Go plants!

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    1. Thank you, RescueMomma! My son just graduated from U of H!

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  4. Thank you for sharing your story! I found you from the McDougall group on Facebook. I love your writing style and simple recipes.
    I have been vegan/vegetarian for about 10 years, and WFPB for about 2 years. I struggled with the transition to WFPB because I would mainly find recipes from blogs that were tasty but too complicated and time-consuming to make everyday. Meal planning became very stressful for me. I have transitioned to eating MUCH more simply (baked potato & broccoli for dinner YAY) which has greatly reduced my stress and increased my compliance.
    Also I am happy to see another Texan who is WFPB! Yay!!

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    1. Please let me know which recipes you try and what you thought of them! :-)

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