My personal experience is that in 2012, at 45 years-old, I was suffering with increasingly painful and swollen joints, as well as other health issues that had started around age 35 and were progressively worsening. My mother has debilitating rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, vasculitis, neuropathy, and other health issues, and has been disabled since her 50’s. I was terrified I was heading down that same path. After numerous doctors’ visits and blood tests with no answers, I decided to investigate nutritional options. My daughter recommended the Forks Over Knives documentary, which my husband and I watched on February 15, 2013 and became instant plant-based, whole food consumers.
Since that time, I’ve resolved my inflamed and painful joints, lowered my cholesterol from 220 to 141, dropped over 50 lbs., resolved adult acne that previously required prescription medication, and recovered from sleeping issues. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to believe this is the same body I had just a few short years ago. Honestly feels like I traded the old one in for this newer model.
My personal mission now is to promote this way of health in my community (and beyond) and hopefully see some lives changed, just like mine. My blog was started in March 2014 with the intention of sharing recipes and health-related information with family and friends. It is now receiving over 65,000 views each month, reaching people in more than 200 countries.
I was dreading the ‘Empty Nest Syndrome’ but have found that I’m excited for this next phase of life and the possibility of helping others regain their life and health. FOOD IS MEDICINE!
I live in Polk County, NC with my husband of 30 years. I have a degree in Business Administration, certification in Plant-Based Nutrition through eCornell , T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, and am licensed as a Food for Life instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Currently, I teach nutrition education and cooking classes at medical facilities and other venues, as well as doing public speaking events. My other passions include: my faith and family, daily hiking with my German shepherd, yoga. I used to be a federal and state licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator.
As exciting as the weight loss is, it pales in comparison to the health benefits I’ve experienced–no more painful, swollen joints, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, restless leg syndrome, sleep issues, adult acne that needed antibiotic, hormonal issues, fatigue, and lethargy. The unseen is more powerful than the seen. This is freedom from sickness, and I’m so thankful!