About Mrs. Plant





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) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mrsplantintexas). 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. Even though we may not literally "know" each other, 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, 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 medications 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 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 that eating a WHOLE FOODS plant-based oil-free 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 (in their twenties) 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 (for plant-based Texans) with only 22 people, and now we have over almost 900 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. 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.


Check out when I was "Herbie of the Week" on the Happy Herbivore website!

Check out when I was a "Star McDougaller" on Dr. John McDougall's website!

Also, here is my story on YouTube. Subscribe to my channel!




UPDATE:
I ran my first 5K race on April 3, 2016 after being a Couch Potato for almost my whole life! I used the C25K (Couch to 5K) app on my phone by ACTIVE to do the training beforehand. i HIGHLY recommend this app and program. I run 5Ks on a regular basis now!!



With Love & Plants!
Mrs. Plant (in Texas!)

22 comments:

  1. Very impressive results and so inspirational.
    Thanks for your vulnerability. Authenticity encourages
    Others to be real and face their own challenges.
    I love your web site. Steve Mattis Theveganheart.

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    1. Thank you, Steve! So glad you can by to check out my site. If you make any of the recipes, please send me photos and your assessment.

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  2. I LOVE all the information you share! I will be back to visit this website and try the recipes. Your story is amazing and very inspiring. I want to share this with all of my family and friends!

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    1. Thank you, Karen! Let me know which recipes you tried and if you liked them! <3

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  3. Just found your site and am checking it out! As I also live in Texas, I was wondering if you would not mind sharing the name of the doctor you found. Since moving it has been tough to find new medical folks.

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    1. Sure! Arash Tirandaz at www.planpinternist.com
      He's awesome!

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    2. Sorry, that was www.planointernist.com

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  4. Do you have an Instagram Account? Would be great to see your everyday food pics :)

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    1. Hi Trixie! I DO have an Instagram account. The name of it is "mrsplantintexas". Would LOVE to have you stop by!

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  5. hi Mrs Plant, wow , you are God-sent. hmmm, am so excited to have gotten to know you.I would love to start right away on the road to goodhealth, good looks and a confident lifestle. Thanks dear.

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    1. You can do this, Magdalene! It's pretty simple. Just eat lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and beans with limited nuts, seeds, and avocado. No meat, fish, dairy products, or eggs. You will lose weight and feel fabulous!

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  6. Hi Mrs. Plant -- thanks for your story; it's wonderful & inspiring. I became vegan in 2011 after watching Dr. Neal Barnard on a PBS special, and then Forks Over Knives. But I wasn't ready to fully commit. I became a "junk food vegan" instead of eating whole plant-based foods. My health didn't improve much -- of course! -- and I lost my way for a number of years, even going over to the Paleo bandwagon! My cholesterol and weight kept trying to get my attention. Finally, 3 months ago, the numbers woke me up. My cholesterol was 354! For years my doctor kept trying to get me to take a statin. I kept refusing, saying I was going to get this under control. With that cholesterol number -- and my weight shooting up -- I said it's time, and I meant it. I decided this time to do a lot of preparation for the transition. The biggest step was to take a look at my eating habits, especially my emotional attachments to certain foods I grew up with (and which had caused all of my sisters to be obese & caused an early death of my oldest brother). It wasn't easy -- I had to grieve through what those foods once meant to me; I finally could see that eating meat, fatty oils, butter, eggs, cheese were not giving me emotional security but stealing my health. My emotional security comes from being healthy in heart, mind & spirit. When that finally sank in, I knew I had turned a huge corner. Now, eating whole foods/plant-based meals is a positive, happy experience. I cook more than I ever have, and I'm having a blast learning new recipes, new foods, new ways to eat. I also just had my first set of blood tests since I turned vegan over a month ago. Both my LDL and my overall cholesterol numbers have each dropped nearly 80 points. I've lost over 13 lbs and I don't even seem to think about weight...it just keeps falling off. I understand the passion of WF/PB vegans for this lifestyle. And I'm showing my teenaged daughter the beauty and power of this way of eating. I'm grateful to you and all the others who are helping lead the way, informing & inspiring us:-)

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    1. KD...I am so glad you have awakened! I, too, went through a small phase of this where I crept away from whole foods. My blood sugar spiked and my cholesterol did as well. Our bodies were just made to eat whole plant foods! Please keep in touch and write me if you need help converting recipes, etc. I am here for you! You can write me anytime through my feedback box on the home page of this blog. <3

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  7. Thanks, Mrs. Plant -- very kind of you! best wishes from here:-)

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  8. Impressive results! Having gone Vegan for ethical reasons long ago, I'm only now really getting into the health aspect of this wonderful lifestyle. I'll be visiting your site often :)

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    1. Francesca...So glad to have you here!!!

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  9. I just came across your story on Dr. McDougal's newsletter. I feel like I've hit the jackpot with your site with so many recipes to choose from. I'm new to being plant based and your website helps sooo much. You are truly an inspiration and I applaud you for all that you have accomplished. Thank you!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Debbie. Please let me know when you try the recipes and what you thought of them. Hugs from Texas!

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  10. I also saw your story in Dr. McDougal's newsletter and am just starting on this journey. Since I am located in Plano, I checked out the Dr. you recommended. But unfortunately, he isn't taking new patients at this time. Looking forward to exploring your website and trying some new recipes.

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    1. Write me and let's get together!

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  11. I'm a follower of your YouTube videos as well as Facebook. I am an almost 65 year old woman with a substantial amount of weight to lose. My daughters are discouraging me about trying a WFPB diet because it has too many carbs for someone of my age to lose weight. I know you are quite a bit younger than me, but I would like your insight on this. Thanks for the inspiration.


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