Updated: Feb 27
Have you ever been sitting in the exam room with your doctor as he or she is reviewing your lab work? They discuss your health risks due to your weight/cholesterol/blood pressure/ blood sugar numbers and recommend starting or adding another pill since your attempted dietary changes thus far haven’t worked. And you ask…
How long do I have to take this pill?
I’ve been an RN for 27 years and over time I came to understand that people frequently believe that the pill they are being prescribed will fix their chronic health problem and then they can stop taking it. But this is not our understanding of the pill’s effects at all….
When you ask your doctor the above question, you may notice a suppressed chuckle or a flash of surprise across their face. That’s because they usually assume your underlying problem (heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure) will never ever go away. We will have to “manage” it for the rest of your life until you progress to a point where you need invasive procedures or suffer a life-altering event or injury such as heart attack or stroke that can greatly diminish the quality of your life and your ability to care for yourself.
I spent about 20 years in the field of “chronic disease management” working with individuals suffering from heart failure. And that’s the problem-we are so busy “managing” these diseases that everyone seems to have that we don’t focus on improving or even reversing the underlying conditions that cause the disease. Many of us in the medical field don’t even know that diseases like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease have been demonstrated to be reversible with proper nutrition through many randomized controlled clinical trials published in the Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association and many more.
Through the work of Plant Based Pioneers such as Dr’s T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn, and Neal Barnard, I learned that many of these chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes were frequently reversible on a Whole Food Plant Based Diet. But at the time, I wasn’t quite ready to switch to that diet myself because I figured my husband and I were “pretty healthy” and besides, I had 3 teen aged boys in the house. Until one day, my husband came home from the doctor with blood work showing that he was in fact, pre-diabetic. This was a huge wake-up call for me. I had spent my entire working life trying to “manage” patients who were frequently ill with what started as diabetes and just kept getting sicker and sicker until they could no longer care for themselves. I vowed that this would never happen to my husband. So without waiting for anyone’s (meaning my kids’) blessing, I just quit purchasing meat and dairy at the store. And believe it or not, it really wasn’t that hard! We learned to eat a lot of exciting new ethnic food, incorporated fiber-filled whole grains and legumes in our diet and watched as the pounds fell off of our bodies and enjoyed never being hungry in between meals for the first time in our lives. And after 4 months, we rechecked Paul’s blood-work and his pre-diabetes had been reversed!
After Paul’s massive health transformation, and realizing how easy it is to eat the food that makes us the healthiest, I became certified in Plant Based Nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies through Cornell University. And now I want to be able to share this life-changing information with everyone! So if you are ready to take decisive action to change the trajectory of your health, please check out my “Plant Based Transformation for Beginners” program. We will take you through a step-by-step process starting at the very beginning, explaining the research behind Whole Food Plant Based nutrition, teaching cooking techniques and new recipes that you will love, and tracking your health progress. We will also have Whole Food Plant Based lunches or dinners available for purchase at each class so you can discover first hand how good this food is!
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Stephanie Spencer RN, BSN, CHFN
Stephanie has a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Franciscan University and has worked as an RN since 1992. In her career. she has primarily directed Heart Failure Chronic Disease Management programs and coordinated therapies for end-stage Heart Failure patients bridging to artificial hearts and heart transplants. For decades, she has witnessed first hand the devastating effects of the Standard American Diet on her patients’ quality of life and life expectancy.
In her quest to seek a more natural way to promote health, Stephanie started Natural State Microgreens in 2019 and began selling this superfood to restaurants and at farmers’ markets. Around this same time, her husband Paul developed pre-diabetes. They switched to a Whole Food Plant Based Diet and within 4 months, Paul’s diabetes was reversed. After becoming certified in Plant Based Nutrition, her goal now is to provide education and support to people who wish to treat and reverse preventable chronic diseases and transform their lives through a whole foods plant based lifestyle.
Stephanie is certified in Plant Based Nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies and eCornell. She is also a Board Certified Heart Failure Nurse through the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses.
DISCLAIMER: Stephanie Spencer is a Registered Nurse with a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from The T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell. Stephanie is not a Registered Dietitian. She cannot prescribe medication or discontinue medication. The content and material on this website should not be considered medical advice nor medical treatment for any specific health conditions. Always consult your doctor before changing your diet and discuss any and all medications you are taking, including monitoring your health for positive changes that may require decreasing your medication dosages under your doctor's supervision.
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