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My personal experience is that in 2012, at the age of 45, 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 some 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 nearly 150, dropped over 40 lbs., resolved adult acne that previously required prescription medication, and recovered from sleeping issues. My personal mission now is to promote this way of health in my community and hopefully see some lives changed, just like mine. FOOD IS MEDICINE!

I have completed my certification in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, and I am in the process of trying to become licensed to teach Food for Life Classes, sponsored by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, in my area.

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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!

  1. Wow, this is so wonderful! Saw your link from the McDougall site. Congratulations! I love that you list feeling like doing headstands as side effects. 😉 You are so right about this way of life resolving inflammation and pain: amazing!

  2. Hello! I just wanted to let you know I linked to your site from a response you left on Dr. McDougall’s site and have been enjoying reading your blogs for the past 2.5 hours. I wish I had your energy and your prowess in the kitchen…your meals look terrific! Wish I could hire you to make mine for me but I live north of Phoenix, AZ so don’t think that would work out. Anyway, just wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying your site and I’ll definitely be trying out some of the recipes you’ve included. Also enjoy hearing about your good health and your other pursuits.

    • Thanks so much for the positive feedback, Flora! Your message is confirmation for me that I’m on the right track, trying to encourage others back to health through nutrition. You made my day! Please let me know what you think about the recipes when you try them, and if you tweak them any to suit your taste. I love to hear what everyone is doing with them. Thank you again!

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