Friends…are you sitting down???
BIG changes are happening in my life right now!
These changes are all centered around food, which of course, is no surprise! But these changes are necessary for my health, and they are having a huge impact on not only my health (and my husband’s health) but also the direction of my food-based business!
If you follow me on Instagram (@kitchenkimberley), you may have noticed a colorful trend in my recent eating habits.
These changes were recommended by my doctor after some labwork indicated that I had increased inflammation in my body; specifically, my CRP (C-Reactive Protein) was off the charts at 12.1, with the normal maximum being 8.0. Needless to say, I was concerned.
My doctor advised me that the best way to reduce inflammation in my body was to eat a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) diet. To which I boldly asked…are you KIDDING me???!
No meat. No dairy. No salt. No oil. No sugar. No kidding.
Just picture the jaw-dropping moment, if you will. But stick with me….this story gets good!!
My doctor wasn’t kidding one bit! She gave me some information and advised me to do some research of my own. Well, Google showed me countless articles regarding a Whole Food Plant Based diet, as well as a variety of documentaries.
Wow…I couldn’t believe what I was reading, watching and learning!
It was eye-opening! Shocking, to say the least! The Standard American Diet (SAD) and what it does to our bodies is…well…just sad! I decided that it was time to check out this Whole Food Plant-Based Diet thing. For real!
Ahem. First and foremost, let’s agree not to use the word ‘diet’, k? It’s not going to be a ‘diet’…it is a ‘lifestyle’.
There. I feel so much better now, don’t you?! (Heehee!!)
To me, the word ‘diet’ indicates a temporary change made in order to achieve a temporary result. At least that’s been my experience with ‘diets’ in the past. But not anymore! This is not a diet!
Repeat after me…this is not a diet…this is a fantastic lifestyle!
Thankfully, my husband was completely on board with the new way of eating, (hallelujah!!) and we decided to just give it a try by eating plant-based meals 3 days a week. That’s totally doable, we said. It’s a start. We can handle 3 days!
Well, we both quickly realized the amazing difference in how our bodies felt after eating plant-based those 3 days, and we decided to go ‘all in’! We felt lighter, more alert, and energetic. Who doesn’t want to feel that way every day?!
Naturally, I ran to the store to pick up a few things:
Whole Grains / Nuts / Seeds
- Tri-Color Quinoa
- Brown Rice
- Farro (this is my favorite grain — I love the nutty flavor!)
- Chia Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds
- Cashews, Walnuts, Pecans
Fruits / Vegetables
- Baby Spinach
- Romaine Lettuce
- Shredded Carrots
- Potatoes — Yukon gold and Sweet potatoes
- Frozen Corn
Beans / Legumes
- Canned black beans
- Canned kidney beans
- Canned chickpeas
- Lentils (both red and brown)
- Frozen Peas
All this healthy food was around $30 — much cheaper than I thought it was going to be! Heck — in the past I could just buy two ribeye steaks and spend $30 easily, lol! But, not anymore! It truly isn’t more expensive to eat the whole food plant-based way!
See how beautiful, scrumptious and healthy food can be? I look forward to eating more than I ever have before! Plus — it’s so much easier! I simply cook a big batch of rice, quinoa, or farro, and we enjoy those grains all week long served with a variety of beans and vegetables. Fresh fruit is quick to prepare, too! Rinse grapes, berries, cut up a fresh cantaloupe or pineapple, and you’re ready to eat healthy meals, and to enjoy every bite!
My favorite perks of this lifestyle — dishes and clean up are a breeze!
There’s no greasy mess, no more stuck-on foods, and (another hallelujah!!) there are no raw meat germs to kill, lol! Most of our meals are simply assembled using food that’s already prepped and in our fridge, so that’s a time-saver, too!
In the morning, I throw together a quick salad for my hubby to take to work in his cooler bag, and he loves it! I also pack fresh fruits and nuts for him to snack on throughout the day. Our energy levels are stabilized, and mental acuity is at an all-time high! No more ‘brain fog’ for either one of us, and I don’t fall asleep when I sit down at 7:30 every night. Woohoo! The perks are many…I hope you’ll give it a try!
I saved the best for last!
Remember how I said this story has a really good ending? Well, I am excited to share with you that after almost 3 weeks of eating the whole-food plant-based way, I went back for a repeat of my C-Reactive Protein test and got some wonderful news! My test results went from 12.1 (off the charts, remember?) to 8.3, which is almost at the normal range of 8.0. Woohoo!! Happy dance! I can’t wait to see what happens to my cholesterol and other health gauges after a few more months of eating this way!
Yay Food! Way to Go, Grains! Great job, Plants! I love my food, and my food loves me back now!
Let me just say…that this is in no way intended to be medical advice. Everyone is different, and you should always consult with your doctor before making major lifestyle changes. This is just me…sharing the good news about what I have learned, and how scrumptious our meals have been since transitioning to a Whole Food Plant-Based lifestyle.
Okay, so if you were a fly on the wall of our home, here’s what you would have heard us exclaim recently:
“Oh my goodness! It’s 8:30 p.m., and I’m not even tired yet! I feel amazing!” — Kimberley
“Wow! This shirt hasn’t fit me since last year!” — Kimberley (I may have done a modified carthweel after this one, lol!)
“Honey — I don’t miss meat at all, and I can’t believe it!” — Terry
“Let’s go workout on the elliptical and do some Total Gym, too!” — Terry
“Thanks for all that you do to take care of us, sweet pumpkin!” — Terry (seriously, he’s the sweetest!)
“I’m gonna need a smaller belt next week!!” — Terry
“How did we not know about this before??” — Kimberley and Terry
If you’re still reading…thanks for sticking with me to the end! I have tried to contain my excitement here, but as you can probably tell, that’s a challenge for me, ha! My eyes have been opened to how I now believe we should have been eating all along.
There’s power in plants, and I am living, breathing proof!
I look forward to sharing new recipes, tips, ideas, and methods to make it easy for you to transition to a whole food plant-based lifestyle, too! In the meantime, do a little research, watch a documentary or two, and let me know what you think.
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My advice is this — give it a try — even if it’s one day a week that you eat whole food plant-based all day…that’s an amazing start! Trust me on this one…you’ll feel incredible! Oh, and did I mention that we’re only one month into this, and I’ve already lost 5 pounds, and Terry has lost 9??! Wooohooo!! Thanks, Doc!
Peace, love, and shredded carrots,
a.k.a. Meatless and Energetic in Texas
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