When I started a plant-based diet, my main motivation was to prevent a pending surgery. I was struggling with PCOS, joint pain, and acne. I was in and out of my gynecologist’s office on the verge of a hysterectomy. I decided to stop dead in my not-so-healthy tracks and give my life a complete overhaul.
I was in my early thirties, coming off the body building fitness trail. My diet was mostly clean, but I ate way too much protein, and as a desk jockey I devoutly sipped on two to three mugs of coffee on the daily. It was too much caffeine for my already compromised endocrine system, namely my adrenal glands. I wanted to keep all my organs, so overnight I launched my new lifestyle with a 21-day raw diet of whole, plant-based foods that I found in a health magazine. I never looked back! I felt so good! I had more energy, no knee pain, and in a matter of a month, my female reproductive issues/PCOS was virtually non-existent. I took processed sugar, caffeine, meat, and dairy out of my diet and started to repair my health. I immediately noticed my knee pain was gone. This lifestyle has taught me to be more adventurous with food and to tune into my body. I am more sensitive to the energy of people, places, animals, the earth/weather patterns, etc. Basically, a plant-based diet has made me more in tune with myself and my environment. This attunement seems to increase every year. It is an amazing benefit I did not expect, but I am so grateful for. Physically I have great energy to get through my entire day, I sleep soundly, and I have a strong immune system. I benefited so much from this lifestyle I built my life and career around it. I published two books on healthy eating and started three health/fitness magazines. I am now nearing the end of my studies to become a Naturopathic Doctor. I want to help people know that they have the power to take control of their life and transform their health.