Transitioning to a whole food plant based diet was surprisingly easy for me. Once I made up my mind to do it; I was all in. The hard part was figuring out how to shop and cook this plant based way. Fortunately for me, the ladies who hosted the potluck (discussed in last week’s post) also had cooking classes for newbies! Their business is called Wholistic Kitchens https://wholistickitchens.com/ At the time it was a 4 class program that focused on a different food group each week. For example, during oil week we learned why and how to eliminate oil, find oil substitutes and how to cook without it. Milk week was learning how to make our own nut milks and taste tested many of the brands and different types found in grocery stores. Of course, we left each class stuffed from testing all the various recipes. I don’t remember the 3rd week but I do remember that the 4th week was learning how to WFPB grocery shop. The class met at a local grocery store and as we shopped we were learning to read labels, where to find tofu, nutritional yeast and miso!
At the same time, I was also educating myself through videos, such as “Forks Over Knives” http://www.forksoverknives.com/. That video really summed it up in a nutshell why I decided to change my diet for life. I was also reading “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell http://www.amazon.com/China-Study-Comprehensive-Nutrition-Implications/dp/1932100660 and “The Starch Solution” by Dr. John McDougall https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/shopping/books/starch-solution/ The more I learned the more I was convinced this was the best decision for my health.
In the first few months of eating this way, I noticed that I was losing weight without even trying. It was amazing. No weighing or measuring anything! I really didn’t do this to lose weight as I had been at my goal weight since 2008 but if I lost a few pounds I wouldn’t complain. Other changes I noticed pretty quickly after changing my diet were: body odor had almost disappeared, I had more energy and I was no longer overeating junk food and then obsessing over it. The biggest concrete change was that my total cholesterol went down. The year prior I was tested at 220 and after 6 six weeks of this new way of eating I retested and came in at 175! I finally passed a test without studying!!