Day 1 of Plantalicious – a blog about a plant based lifestyle

So it all really started a mere 8 weeks ago. Well it really started 51 years ago when I started consuming food. My love of food. My obsession with food.

After years of being overweight and yo yo dieting, I was (to quote Joe Cross)

Fat,Sick and Nearly Dead.

I had eaten my way to a body where I was severely obese. What do they call it in the US? Morbid obesity and despite lots of diets – I’ve tried them all, and circa 30 supplements a day I was fat and unhealthy.

I’ve always been interested in food and cooking or should that be obsessed? I went to OA (over eaters anonymous), spent £££s on hypnotherapy etc and was finally considering bariatric surgery. A gastric band or a gastric bypass.

At one time, I lost 100lbs using LighterLife the meal replacement diet but it just did not stay off and over 3-5 years it all came back and more.

So…I found out about Joel Fuhrman and then the China Study and suddenly my partner says – you should do a healthy Lighterlife.

Hmm. But how? So I took E-Cornell’s Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition. I read The China Study and suddenly I realised that I’d been choosing the wrong fuel for my body.

Not only were the indulgent and fatty foods making me ill, so were most of my diet choices.

So, what happened 8 weeks ago? I happened to be in California on business and I saw there was a plant based diet event in Orange County – A Farms2Forks weekend.

Attending that event changed my life. I met lots of my food heroes and spent a weekend immersed in an event where people told how making changes to their diet had completely changed their lives, or had reversed chronic diseases. It was amazing.

It set me on a path that after 8 weeks sees me happier than I have been in years. Stuffing my face with delicious food, being able to eat out, fitter than I’ve been in ages and getting comments on how much weight I’ve lost and how well I look.

On discussing this with Richard tonight, he said I should blog about this and what I cook and share my recipes as others may want to do a similar thing but may not know where to start or how to go about it.

So, I’m not really sure where this will take me (us – if someone decides to follow me) but I hope that it will help at least someone to improve their health and be happier.

Who knows but if I can help one person in addition to myself, I’ll be happy.

I was going to post a pic of myself here. However I only keep flattering pics. Others get destroyed. What I need is that picture you’d post on the fridge door to scare off people from opening. Sadly, that never worked for me as I’d always destroyed them before I could post them up!

So, off we jolly well go.

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  1. Sue
    Sue says:

    I think we’re on a very similar journey, – you might be slightly ahead of me. For the first time (maybe second) I’m trying not to diet. Just to eat healthily and exercise as much as I can. I thought it would be easy (as it used to be in my 20’s and 30’s) but it isn’t and whilst I was resigned to slow weight loss, it has been incredibly, painfully slow. So slow that it is disheartening. So I’ve given myself a good talking to about not only eating healthily, but eating less – even if it means I have to drop some of the exercise which I love. I’ve read that weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise and I think I have the ratio the other way round at the moment. Doh! At the moment I’m mainly following Patrick Holford, and some of the alkaline eating plans and will be able to do more when my juicer finally emerges from the latest house move! Great that you have found something that works for you, and I look forward to reading more about your journey and learning from it. x

    • bhoneycombe
      bhoneycombe says:

      Sue – thanks for the comment. Being plant-based is working but initially the scales stayed stubbornly stable. I stopped getting on them as it sends my head into a whirl and me into “diet mode” where I bash myself up. I know that what I am choosing is good for me. I am doing this for my health and the weight will sort itself out. I kept getting comments that I was losing weight and suddenly my clothes felt looser. I’m still a fat fella but it is going and I am confident it will. What I know is that I am happier and healthier than I have been in years. Being plant based gives me energy and focus enabling better performance when I work out. I am amazing myself at how Hard i can work when I exercise. Yesterday I did not exercise and I missed it. First time ever!
      All the very best and focus on caring for yourself and your body and the weight will take care of itself. I’ll blog some suggested reading and books as I think Holford is good but there are lots of others, which are similar or better.


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