The decision to go Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) for me was an easy one at the time – I had hit rock bottom with my Chronic Illness and I was finally ready to take control of my own health. Just because the decision was easy – did not mean that the process would be, or at least that is what I thought. After a mere 3 days I started to feel a change in my body, a change in my energy and most important of all I felt no pain. The first week was the most difficult – cutting out the things that I was convinced that I loved, however my love of those foods dwindled as I found new appreciation for vegetables, legumes and fruit. Things that used to upset my stomach were now fueling my body on a daily basis and soon those favorites became long lost losers! Just because you give up meat and dairy does not mean you have to give up burgers, sushi, or pizza – it simply means that you find new and exciting ways to create these things that provide flavor and nutrition for your body. I highly recommend the Smoked Sweet Potato Burger – yummmm!
The moral of my story here is – what is the harm in trying? New things can be difficult and challenge your ideals and perceptions, however more often than not when we try new things we open our minds to endless possibilities. WFPB has put me into remission with Crohn’s disease and I have been flare free for more than 5 months (I also lost 30 pounds). I cannot deny that this Lifestyle change was the reason and I hope that in sharing my story – it encourages other people to give it a try!