A few days from being on PD 6 months!


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After studying the oil-free, plant-based, whole food movement for around a year and a half I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I knew I could reverse that from all of the reading I had done. But I had tried going plant-based before and got great results regarding weight loss but I could never last more than a few weeks. Thankfully someone around my diagnosis mentioned the Protective Diet so I immediately looked it up. I saw no sugar and I thought there was NO way I was going to be able to give up sugar. But the more I read the more it made sense. All the plant based doctors I had been studying gave me an understanding of why the food I was eating was bad for me and what I should be eating. What I loved about Protective Diet was the structure I so desperately needed. I joined the PDL FB group and hung out for a couple of months finding reasons not to start yet before I finally started PD on January 5th. During my detox, my boyfriend’s Mom was diagnosed with a fast-growing brain tumor so we had to rush an hour away to be with her. I had no food on me because I hadn’t learned to stock my fridge with prepared meals yet. Even though I went hungry a few times around her diagnosis I never ate anything off plan. Once I started PD I was completely focused. I quickly learned what meals were easy to pack for when I was going to be away from home. I also had to figure out how to eat in places his parents liked which didn’t tend to have very many options for me.

I watched some archived classes and started to prepare food for the week and suddenly always being gone wasn’t a problem because I had food to take with me. The first month I lost 22 pounds and went from a size 20 to a size 16. I skipped size 18 completely. I felt great so I kept following PD. I found my weight loss slowed down but I would lose in clusters. As I lost weight I skipped size 14 too. After about 4 and a half months I was a size 12. I had to have major surgery and my two friends who had a similar surgery even though they were pretty thing before both gained weight after. Thankfully I stuck to PD meals and 6 weeks after surgery I am still losing. I haven’t had physical food cravings since around week 4 and I no longer struggle with eating disorders. I am bipolar and my moods have totally stabilized and I am much happier. I use to stay in bed until 2 in the afternoon because there was no reason to get up. Now I get up and get showered and am excited about my day. I started wearing make up again. I have goals for my future now. Even though I still have about 30 pounds to lose I am out doing things I wouldn’t of done before. I feel comfortable in my skin for the first time in many years. I will be 45 this month and I have more energy than when I was in my 20’s. I love the food I eat and I am not going hungry and counting calories to lose weight. If you are waiting for the right time to make this change I recommend you just jump in and start PD. This is the best thing I have ever done for myself. I love that I eat delicious food and I do not have to feel guilty or worry about gaining weight because I cheated on my diet. The food is so good I feel like I am cheating but everything I eat is healing and nourishing my body. I use to hate to cook but following Julies recipes couldn’t be easier or more fun. I love being in the kitchen now. I am no longer sitting on the sidelines. I am out creating a life that I love and am excited about. All of this because I decided I didn’t want diabetes so I changed the way I ate. I never dreamed that by taking that first step I would completely transform my life. The online support from PDL is amazing. They encourage me by what they post and how they respond to what I post. This is how I will eat for the rest of my life.


  1. So glad to read your 6 month story. You have made so much progress. PDL is a wonderful community. You have encouraged me too and I can’t wsit to ser what the next six month brings.

  2. I absolutely loved reading your testimonial, Allison! I have followed your progress from the beginning and it has been so fun to watch your transformation. Nothing will stop you from reaching your goals. Hugs, Tece

    1. Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement Tece! I look forward to getting to know you more as we are on this journey to optimal health together.



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