My Protective Diet Journey
On November 29th, 2015, I was led to the Protective Diet website by a testimonial that I saw on another whole foods plant based group on facebook. (Thank you, guardian angel, Judi Bryan!) I had already embraced the WFPBNO lifestyle several years previously, but I had been plagued by recent weight gain and not feeling as well as I wanted. I had become a little lax about things like sugar consumption and an occasional beer with Mexican meals. I had a sometimes twice a day Starbucks soy chai latte habit…Venti size!! (That means sugar in the syrup and in the soymilk, plus carrageenan). I was also making too many desserts with sugar. It was time for a change.
I had some lingering health issues from past gallbladder surgery. I also had undiagnosed digestive issues that took me to the ER several times ( eventually this was found to be a hiatal hernia). Several years back I had started having severe anxiety on and off and had a couple bad panic attacks, which were very disconcerting for someone who had never experienced them previously. It made me feel out of control.
So, that very day, I joined as a PD premier member and jumped in with both feet. I rarely miss a chat or class. I filled my spice shelf, pantry, fridge and freezer with PD ingredients. I dropped nuts, avocados, sugar and additives. I joined Protective Diet Living on facebook too. I love the support and sharing there.
So, it is now my 9 month “PDversary”. I have so much energy! Friends cannot believe the cooking I do, but the food fuels my energy level. I need less sleep. I do not have ANY cravings. This continues to amaze me. Nine months without sugar!!! I lost 8 pounds in the first month. I am up to a total of 28 pounds lost, but that doesn’t begin to describe how I look in my clothes. There is some magic that happens on PD about the way your body changes. The scale is not a good judge. BCS (Baggy Clothes Syndrome) is awesome!
I have noticed other changes too. I do not have digestive issues any more. My gums don’t bleed when I brush my teeth. I no longer get heartburn. I do not have any anxiety! My husband is also on PD with me and has lost 25 pounds and has gotten off several medications. It is so good to have a partner in this way of life. We are both hoping to prevent illnesses that plague(d)our parents. ( My mom had diabetes, had a leg amputated and had heart disease. In fact, she passed away in the hospital on the night before her second bypass surgery.)
I have been on many diets in my life and have yoyo’d a lot ( between babies and later too). I reached my “goal” weight many times only to tire of the deprivation, point counting, and boredom and regain all the weight I had lost. One of the best things about eating the PD way is the flavors and variety of the recipes I can eat while not having to count calories or points. The foods is satisfying and health promoting. I am so grateful for Julie and Jerry and for finding a Protective Diet!