Whole Food, Plant-Based For A Year: It Works!
As of August 10, 2017, I’ve been eating whole food, plant-based for a year! Wow, that flew by! Hard to believe it’s been a year already. My health has improved significantly.
Making the initial change was tough, but it got much easier once I began to see results. And that happened pretty quickly! Within three weeks, I was seeing a significant positive impact. At first, I wasn’t even sure it would work! I’d just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and I was scared out of my mind. I’d read about reversing diabetes with a WFPB diet, and I felt like I didn’t have any other choice, so I decided to commit right then and there.
Switching to a whole food, plant-based diet worked, and it worked fast! Three weeks was all it took for me to realize I was onto something. I felt so much better, had lost almost twenty pounds, and my blood glucose levels were already approaching normal. The feeling was euphoric. Somebody pinch me… am I dreaming?
I remember daydreaming about food in the beginning. The first few weeks were very difficult. I’d make deals with myself, agreeing that if I made it x amount of time, I’d “cheat”. The weight starting coming off so quickly though, that I didn’t want to lose momentum, so I stuck with it. The last deal I made with myself, and this was probably somewhere near the three-week mark, was one year. If I could make it one year, I told myself, I’d have a steak — or a burrito, or pizza, or ribs — to celebrate. Well, it’s been a year, and I’m still committed. I do not want to go back to the old me. All that unhealthy food I used to be addicted to… it doesn’t even get so much as a passing thought anymore. It’s not worth it.
I think the key to being able to stick with this, for me, was committing fully and achieving a “quick win”. It was easier to keep going because the results were happening so fast. Every day I’d get on the scale and there’d be a pound or two of me missing. Very motivational!
So how fast did this work for me? Here are some stats:
My Weight Dropped Like a Rock
This is what my weight loss looks like for the first four weeks. The light blue line represents my projected weight loss on a typical, “calorie restriction” diet in the unlikely event that I was actually able to sustain it. I blew that out of the water. In three weeks time, I lost about twenty pounds. It felt great, and I wanted to lose more! So I kept eating WFPB.
All it takes is three weeks! If you can fully commit to a whole food, plant-based diet for three weeks… it sells itself. You’ll feel so much better, so quickly, that you won’t want to go back. You can’t argue with results.
Glucose Levels Way Down
My blood glucose levels plummeted, almost immediately. Within days, my diabetes symptoms started disappearing. The unquenchable thirst was gone in a day or two. By day three, I wasn’t getting up to pee half a dozen times a night. It seems hard to believe. I witnessed it first hand, and I still can’t believe changing my diet was that effective.
What I’ve Learned from 1 Year of WFPB Eating
I see people suffering all around me as the result of poor food choices. They’re overweight and unhappy with their appearance. Some are diabetic, others have high blood pressure or low energy. What they eat on a daily basis is a prime contributor to that suffering. Many of my acquaintances were so inspired by my transformation that they tried to go whole food, plant based too. None have succeeded yet. It’s so hard to get past the first few days and weeks. No one knows that better than me. If you’re one of these people, I want to tell you to start right now! I know, however, that if you’re not prepared, you likely won’t succeed.
You need to be mentally ready to stick it out for three weeks before you start. The best way to accomplish that? Educate yourself. You need to know what to eat, what not to eat, what types of foods to have on hand, and you have to completely rethink food preparation. I’m not trying to intimidate you, but if you’re on day two, wrestling with what to eat because you aren’t prepared, you’ll slip right back into old habits. Don’t let yourself fail, be prepared!.
Where Should YOU Start?
If you know it’s time to make a serious change, and you’re interested in eating whole food, plant-based, here are a few places to start:
Check out My Reading List. These are the books that got me started. There are some great WFPB resources out there, these are my favorites.
Take a look at my Essentials Page. You’ll get an idea of the specific foods I keep on hand, and some of the kitchen tools I can’t live without.
Here’s a list of my favorite recipes from around the web.
Follow me on Instagram, I like to post pictures of my recipes I’ve tried, and some that I’ve created.
Follow my WFPB Pinterest Board. There are lots of great recipes pinned! I haven’t tried them all, but I’m working on it!