FOOD OVER MEDICINE because FOOD IS MEDICINE. When you eat whole, plant-based, unprocessed foods 🍎🥔 and limit all of your fats (oils, meats, seafood, poultry, dairy products) your body has this amazing ability of healing itself from all types of ailments. Personally for me it relieved me from PCOS, depression, pre-diabetes, ADD, water retention, menstrual cramps, a food disorder and body image issues.
Back in 2009 after college, I started a career in the health and fitness industry as a trainer. With my only personal life goal of just having a good bill of health (although I always selfishly wanted abs and great butt). So with that goal floating around in my mind, I learned from others in the industry and was shown many different approaches on how to achieve such results. Many were recommendations on how to “diet” and other recommendations were to use supplementation (black market included). Well, 2012 my health came crashing down when I started gaining weight. I was fatigued all day, every day. I was completely depressed, I had adult acne, terrible endurance, and I was losing my hair. I was strong, but I was fat.
Doctors recommended prescription drugs, holistic doctors recommend herbs and the avoidance of certain foods, my yoga instructor recommended mediation, and my massage therapist recommended aligning my “chakras”. Hell I was open to anything!! So I tried EVERYTHING. I tried ketogenic diets like atkins and paleo, intermittent fasting, carb rotation, the blood type diet, then Finally I opened up to the idea of trying a vegan diet. As a trainer I didn’t want to lose all of my muscle, and I definitely did not want to get ANY fatter than I was by consuming all of the carbs, but it was my last hope before hanging my hat up as a professional in the health and fitness industry. I did some research before going into this type of diet and came across a book called “The China Study.” I also came across a documentary called “Forks Over Knives”. At that point I decided to give it a try for a week. Fast forward 5 years and I’m still vegan. I’m also down 20 lbs, I’m leaner than I was at 25, and I’m free from all of my medication. I love this lifestyle ❤️