26/May 2020, I turned 63 years old, How did that happen I wondered?In my head I wasn’t 63! Late in 2019, I was taking stock of my life and yet again my thoughts turned towards my weight. I really needed to do something about it…..again. I have been on so many diets from about the age of 14 and for brief periods of time I actually felt good about the way I looked. It never lasted for long though and I would end up putting all the weight back on and more. That same scenario was repeated over and over again. Why was that? Because I never learned about nutrition and didn’t make the connection between what I ate and how I felt health wise!
So in October 2019 my mind must have been open and attuned to the idea of healthy weight loss because appearing on my radar was all this talk about ‘whole food plant based’ (wfpb) eating. I was curious, read more and more, did a whole lot of research and then in my Facebook feed came across Dr Roseanne Olivera’s ‘21 Day Whole Food Plant Based Challenge’. Even so, I didn’t start straight away, I began to see posts from those who had started and that cemented my desire to get involved. I was ready to change and the predominant reason for change was for health reasons – weight loss would be a very welcome bonus.
In preparation, I shopped for spices, herbs, tinned and dried goods and finally fruit and vegetables, ready to give myself the best possible chance of maintaining this new eating lifestyle. The day before starting whole food plant based, I bought a new box of 72 Rennie because I had suffered with acid reflux for years. Everything I ate caused acid reflux. 8 months in, I still have not opened that box! From my first whole food plant based meal I have not experienced acid reflux – absolutely amazing! The first indication that I had taken the first step to improved health.
I chose not to transition, instead choosing to go the whole hog and decided I wouldn’t use oil, sugar or salt. Within the first week I noticed pain in my fingers and my right knee had significantly decreased and by the end of the third week, all pain had gone. The health benefits kept me on track with my choice and happily the weight was dropping off!
In my next post I will share a funny story (well in my opinion it’s funny) about taking my very first selfie! The reason I don’t have a before photo will also become clear.
If you are new to eating wfpb or thinking about transitioning to wfpb or interested in my experience so far, please feel free to comment and if there is a particular topic you’d like me to cover, please let me know?