Where do I start?
Perhaps you’ve seen a documentary or heard about the transformative effects of a whole foods plant based diet (WFPBD) on health, but are overwhelmed with the amount of information you get from a google or amazon search on “healthy eating.” You may not be sure what really needs to change in your diet, wonder how strict you really need to be, and whether you would have the “will power” to pull it off. You may also be fearful that your doctor may not approve of this approach.
In my experience, it’s very hard to maintain health even doing everything your doctor says once you get diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, and many other conditions. That’s because we have no research that indicates that the commonly recommended “Heart Healthy” or American Diabetic Association diets will ever halt the progression of, let alone reverse any of these diseases. Hence, we are frequently putting food in our bodies three times a day that is only going to worsen our existing chronic health problems. Health just seems to start slipping away year after year until you end up in a crisis situation in the hospital that may have life-limiting repercussions. But we have study after study (published in Journal of the American Medical Association, Lancet, and many other peer-reviewed medical journals) showing the transformative effects of a WFPBD in greatly reducing the effects of and frequently reversing these "food borne illnesses" caused by the Standard American Diet.
So the good news is, armed with the right information and a straight forward action plan, you may find that transitioning to a WFPBD is the easiest and most effective step you could ever take to put your health on a completely new trajectory.
Stephanie will work with you and your significant other(s) to:
Evaluate your existing medical history, lab work, and current medications and then define and prioritize your health needs that can be definitively addressed with the correct nutrition.
Answer all of your and your loved one’s nutritional questions (how will I get enough protein, calcium, iron, etc.) with evidence-based research.
Understand your personal lifestyle, schedule, personality and social support system and determine the best course of action to transition to a WFPB lifestyle. Not everyone is the same; we need to pick a path that is workable for you and your family. At this stage, we will also discuss different levels of willingness between family members or anyone with whom you regularly eat to change to a WFPBD. Just because your husband or wife doesn’t want to change their current diet doesn’t mean that you can’t. We will work on a plan with defined boundaries for your loved ones so that every one is happy and feels they can see the way forward.
Create an action plan with foods that you like! If you don’t like salads or kale, you don’t ever have to eat them once. A WFPBD can be comprised of oatmeal with berries, pinto bean chili, tacos, and mushroom shepherd’s pies. Oh, and don’t forget the baked crispy blooming onions with chipotle sauce.
Communicate directly with your family physician or specialist about using a WFPBD to achieve your health care goals. Then if they have questions about how will you get your protein, calcium, etc. I will answer them and you don’t have to. You are just going to focus on eating exciting new foods and feeling better.