When I started on this process, I was hungry (when aren’t i?) for knowledge. I wanted to know all there is to know about plant-based nutrition. I wanted to talk to others and understand how they had achieved what they had and how. I did the course at e-Cornell university and then I attended the Farms2Forks weekend.
Then I found myself alone. I wanted to find a Dr who could understand what I was doing and why. I even sent my own GP a copy of the Forks Over Knives DVD, not that he returned it!
I went to Veg Fest, a huge expo in London, and again, whilst I found a lot of people eating a plant-based diet, I still felt that feeling of being apart as I do not identify with being a vegan or a vegetarian.
What was I missing? I was missing a community of “like minded people”, or a mentor that could help to support and guide me on my journey into the unknown where the planned destination is one of a radically improved and changed health destiny. I wanted someone to pick me up when I fell, or to encourage me when I failed or who would just be cheering me on.
Mr G is great, he is very supportive, but he would almost eat whatever I put in front of him. He likes the results of the WFPB diet as he is looking healthier than ever and is slimmer than ever. Not bad as he is (coughs) years old.
I think what I was looking for is some kind of “support network”. You know when you first go “on a diet”, you’ve typically got a group of like-minded people, a meeting, or a group of colleagues or friends, all of whom are trying to shed a few pounds. You may just have a a book, or a DVD, but it is still a source of support and inspiration as well as a reference for the many and varied questions you may have. It may be that your doctor has recommended that you lose weight for health reasons and he and his colleagues at your local practice are monitoring and supporting your progress. It may be that you’re working with a personal trainer or your friends at the gym and these become your source of encouragement and support.
My community on Plantalicious is designed to provide some of that support. Join up, meet others who are trying to change their health destiny. You can access it here – http://www.plantalicious.com/members/ It is why I created this aspect of the site. You can share experiences as well as recipes and ideas, tips and tricks. Plus reach out for help and support or offer it to others.
I read an article by Jeff Novick on finding a plant-based Dr. In it he talks about the often asked question of how to find a supportive or plant-based doctor to support you and monitor your progress on a wholefood plant-based diet. What he goes on to suggest is that you join one of the immersion events that are held across the US just as I did. However, this is not always practical nor affordable, particularly if you live on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, here in the UK. What I liked about Jeff’s article is that he goes on to talk about other sources of support and inspiration and provides a comprehensive list that you can use regardless of where you are in the world and for a very reasonable amount of money. For example, it might involve buying a DVD or a book.
Alternatively, it might mean investing some time in watching articles and videos on You Tube.
Have a look at Jeff’s article “How To Find a Plant-Based Doctor” by Jeff Novick, MS. RD.
You can read the full article here: http://jeffnovick.com/RD/Articles/Entries/2012/8/6_How_To_Find_A_Plant-Based_Doctor.html I think it’s probably one of the best that I’ve seen in addressing this question, and in helping those of us who don’t have a ready-made local support network.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the Plantalicious Community soon!