I first went plant based over 8 years ago after the birth of my daughter Pallas. I read the China Study and my life was radically altered…for the better. I found it was incredibly easy to make tasty meals without the use of animal products.
After making a major move and opening our own business in our home town, life became more difficult. No one around us was vegan and we were questioned if vegan was the right choice for our daughter. Succumbing to societal/peer pressure we began to eat foods that were offered to us (SAD Diet) and slowly we let our plant strong lifestyle fade away.
As a result our health and well being as a vegan family began to suffer. I then began to focus on my own journey into self healing as well as living a life of inspiration and surrender to the Universe.
I began waking up earlier every morning to take our two dogs for hour long walks, rain or shine. I then felt strongly compelled to stop consuming junk food, especially high fat foods. One small step led to another and before you know it I discovered Dr. John Mcdougall.
I had always had weight issues (my entire life) always in the heavier side of the spectrum (vs the ‘naturally’ slim side lol). Finally in my late teens and early 20’s fed up with not being my desired weight I began calorie deprivation. I began losing the weight but was constantly hungry. It seemed that I was either doomed to be hungry and slim or not at my ideal weight and satisfied. I had no idea what healthy food was. Is fat free healthy? What about carbs? Is sugar bad? There is so much contradictory information out there. I love food and I love to eat it. Whenever in the past I tried eating healthy (salads) I would be starving.
I decided to experiment on myself. I mean if it would work on someone like me then it could work for anyone!
I read all the information on his website www.drmcdougall.com, watched every lecture on YouTube. Read The Starch Solution. I went 100% in. Over the course of a year and a half. I went from a size 10-12 to a 4. Eating TONS OF FOOD! The secret was high carb, low fat!
Starch Solution Recipe Websites: www.potatostrong.com, www.brandnewvegan.com, www.happyherbivore.com, www.fatfreevegan.com
Some recipes here but WATCH your fat intake, Nuts are not health foods and make it easy to gain weight. https://cookingwithplants.com/dinner/
THE BEST Starch Solution Recipes: https://www.google.ca/amp/blog.fatfreevegan.com/2012/06/mcdougalls-fluffy-pancakes.html/amp
https://www.google.ca/amp/blog.fatfreevegan.com/2009/06/blueberry-banana-bread.html/amp (VERY IMPORTANT TO USE OAT FLOUR INSTEAD OF WHEAT)
My daughter loves her ‘healthy popcorn’ which is air popped corn topped with nutritional yeast and a sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt. The trick is to not stir the toppings. They will settle and coat each layer as you go FYI.
Nacho Cheese Sauce: (healthy, dairy and fat free) Boil 2 potatoes with one peeled carrot until soft. Blend with the juice of half a lemon, water to thin. Add salt and garlic powder to taste. Mix with store bought salsa for a healthy alternative to convenience store nacho cheese sauce.
Watch: High Carb Hannah
Thinking I had achieved all my health goals I was challenged in April of 2016 to go 30 days fully raw. After a year and a half successfully high carb low fat cooked making the transition was EASY! I breezed through the 30 days and decided that this was the dietary end goal. Wanting only the best for myself so have remained fully raw ever since and am now a size 2.
I have never owned a personal scale or weigh myself so I have no idea how much weight has been lost. I always had strong self love and self acceptance regardless of my size. I don’t know what changed internally but I just dreamt that I would see my full health potential in this life.
Along this journey I have NEVER calorie restricted and still do not ever restrict. I eat and enjoy large quantities of raw plant based food. I want the best for my body and my health and I want that for everyone around me.