Before we switched to a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) lifestyle, like most people, we would steadily eat more and more decadent food throughout the month of December, culminating with the culinary bacchanalia of Christmas. I often felt so disgusting after all this dietary excess, that sometimes we would start our “New Years Diet” on Dec. 27th! Of course this would be some kind of crazy restrictive cleanse diet that left me in a state of continual mild hunger and I could typically never sustain it for more than a few weeks. As I got older, I began to realize that this New Year’s diet thing was just stupid because even though I would usually lose about 10 pounds, I NEVER COULD STICK WITH IT and would just gain the weight right back. So eventually, I just gave up on the New Year’s diets altogether.
Last year, my husband came home from the doctor with a diagnosis of pre-diabetes. I’ve been a cardiac RN for over 25 years and was mortified at this diagnosis after seeing so much suffering in my patients over the years because of Type 2 diabetes. I had heard that a WFPBD could reverse diabetes and so we tried it, and lo and behold, within 4 months, Paul’s blood work showed that his diabetes had been reversed!
A WFPBD is built around the healthy carbohydrates of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. A WFPBD is a HIGH FIBER DIET by design. The average American only gets about 15 Gm of fiber a day which leads to many dietary related illnesses such as colon cancer and many other chronic diseases. By contrast, a WFPBD aims to get about 40 Gm of fiber a day. This leaves you feeling full and helps fight perverse cravings that occur when we are nutritionally deprived. The satiety of a high fiber diet is the reason that a WFPB lifestyle is so successful for permanent weight loss. I know that once I get to a certain level of hunger, I lose all will power and will eat virtually anything I can get my hands on. I found that after I switched to this high-fiber diet (with no limits on portion sizes), I was never hungry in between meals for the first time in my life. This removed all the most common downfalls of desperation eating and the need to always meticulously plan ahead so I wouldn’t be trapped in a dangerous “hunger situation”. My husband and I both lost over 20# and have kept it off with seemingly little to no effort.
To get my favorite fiber-loaded morning smoothie recipe (packed with 16 Gm of painless fiber) and to learn about Plant Based Transformation for Beginners classes starting on January 9th in North Little Rock click here!