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All Change is Grief. (Plus a Giveaway)

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I had a good friend who told me that “all change is grief”. Since then, anytime I’ve gone through a major change in my life (good or bad) I think about that, and how it always fits. When I changed my diet, there was definitely a grieving period. I went through all of the stages:

1. Denial

How many of us deny what we are learning about health? I know I wanted to. I didn’t want to believe what I was reading. I wanted to go back to the way things were BEFORE I learned about this way of eating. I remember reading my first book on all of this and thinking that I just took the red pill (Matrix reference), and just maybe I was going to regret that. I could not un-learn what I had just learned. When I read China Study I remember this feeling of “do I really want to know?” isn’t ignorance bliss? There have been parts of my journey in which denial has played a huge part in getting in the way of my success. When I’d learn about the facts regarding salt or higher fat plant-foods I went through the same feelings: did I want to know? Or did I want to be left in the dark?

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2. Anger

I think anger and changing your diet has two aspects to it, at least for me it did. I was angry at ALL of the misinformation regarding how we should eat. Angry at the food industry, at doctors, at nutritionists who I had talked to, angry at personal trainers I had been to. There was definitely that kind of anger. The other anger was anger regarding giving up some of my favorite foods/addictions. Giving up cheese made me angry. I was miserable to be around for a few days. I was so angry that I had to let it go, and that I had to change my habits. I always tell people that you can tell if you are addicted to something, if the thought of giving it up makes you angry. For me, that was cheese, the thought of giving it up made me feel angry and frustrated, it was then I knew that I was hooked on it, and that it NEEDED to go. Think through the foods/drinks that you would be angry if you had to let go of, it could be a sign that you are addicted to it, and might need to let go of it. After all, as much as I like cucumbers, if someone said I could never have them again, I wouldn’t become angry, cheese on the other hand? In those first few weeks, I was angry.

3. Bargaining

“I’ll just have a bite”. “I’ll just eat it at parties”. “I’ll just have it out with friends.” the list goes on, doesn’t it? Bargaining is part of what we do as humans. It’s completely normal to start bargaining when you change the way you eat. We want to find the loop holes, and the ways around this new information we are learning. I was the queen of this. When I first started to change my diet, I obsessed over bargaining. “I’ll have mozzarella on Christmas and my birthday” that was my big bargaining chip at the time. “I’ll eat oil and salt ONLY when I go out with friends” was another. For me, I knew that I was addicted, I knew I was stuck in a pleasure trap regarding the foods that would hurt me, and I knew that bargaining would be like an alcoholic doing the same. I would never tell someone who was trying to quit drinking “well, just have it on Christmas and your birthday or out with friends”. It didn’t make it any easier, I still wanted to make bargains regarding my choices, but eventually realized that making bargains regarding my food choice, meant bargaining my health all together, which was not something I wanted.

4. Depression

Don’t get me wrong, eating this way has dramatically improved all aspects of my life, and it did so fairly quickly in the beginning. However, there was a period that I went through in which I was depressed. For me it was thinking about all of this long-term. I didn’t want to think I HAD to do this the rest of my life. I wanted desperately to think I could somehow manage to lose weight, get healthy and go back to the way things were. The more I realized that this was for life, that if I wanted to avoid the severe complications of T2 diabetes and obesity, I would need to do this, for life, the more depressed I got. It was temporary (now I’m thrilled with the way I eat and I can’t imagine even thinking about going back). But for a little while? The thought was depressing. I thought I was going to miss out on so much life, so many experiences, and so many tastes. It’s ok to feel depressed or sad regarding the new changes. It’s ok to even cry about it (trust me there were PLENTY of tears). Know that this will pass, it might take time, but it does get better. It’s ok to let yourself be sad for a little while.

5. Acceptance

I remember, a few months into my journey, thinking “I haven’t been sad or upset about all of this for a while”. I don’t know when it hit me, or when the temptations went away (or mostly went away, there are still moments in which a peanut butter sandwich sounds really good to me). I just know that at some point I wasn’t thinking about it as much, I wasn’t having to put so much effort into this way of living. I wasn’t obsessing over how to avoid temptation, it was just part of my life. I’ve found this is different for everyone. For some it is 3 weeks, for some it is 3 months, for some even longer. There is no rule on when this all becomes the fabric of your life, and just how you live. There is no set time line on when temptations go away, or become much less. I wish there was, and I wish I could tell you that it would be overnight. Just know that it gets better with time. The way you start to see food, changes. But it takes time and it takes sticking to plant-strong eating. The trouble is when we introduce in the addictive foods, we re-set our palet and we introduce this pleasure response in the brain, and our brains think “OH good, we’re eating THIS again! Now we can crave it again!”

Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? Absolutely. More importantly YOU are worth it.

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What stage are you in? And what advice do you have for others who might be starting? Did you find yourself going through grief when you became plant-strong?

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About the author

NatalaE2
Natala is the director of communications for Engine 2 Diet, she is also one of our coaches on our support site, Engine 2 Extra. A few years ago, Natala was at the end of her rope. She was on almost 15 medications daily, had out of control Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, issues with nerve damage, and was morbidly obese. She was just over 30 years old. She decided to take her life back by becoming plant-strong. She has lost over 200 pounds, got off of all of her medications and now has great health numbers. Natala plays the violin and studied music therapy. She became passionate about plant-strong nutrition, received her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, a certificate in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is currently pursuing a degree in nutritional sciences. Natala is also a featured speaker at our Engine 2 Retreats she talks about the reality of our nations obesity epidemic as well as providing practical steps to becoming a healthier person.

55 Responses to “All Change is Grief. (Plus a Giveaway)”

  1. clarkfam says:

    Opened my eyes up to my own excuses and habits. Thank you!

  2. Dawn Martin says:

    I actually went through this several years ago when I had gastric bypass surgery. This was obviously way before I learned about plant based eating. I thought the surgery was my last option. I wouldn’t change a thing. I lost 150lbs and got healthy. In the process, I learned A LOT about nutrition because I didn’t use the surgery as a magic pill. I used it as the tool it’s really meant to be. To learn to eat healthy foods and less portions. In 2011, I was blessed with the ability to finally have my body reconstructive surgeries to remove excess skin and rebuild my breasts and finally look “normal” for the first time in my adult life. During my healing time, I read THE CHINA STUDY and that changed my life yet again. At that point I decided to go plant-based. While I still struggle with some things (like cheese and those people in my life that think meat is the only way to get protein), I’m still committed to being plant-based. I’m actually 8 1/2 months pregnant now (at age 42!!) and have had a very healthy pregnancy!!! NO high blood pressure! NO diabetes! I’ve had to supplement protein because of my digestive issues thanks to the GB surgery, but I used a 100% plant-based protein shake… other than that, everything has been wonderful. The best advice I have to anyone wanting to make the change is… JUST DO IT!!! Like Natala says.. YOU’RE WORTH IT! Your body, mind and soul will thank you once you go thru the “grieving” process!!!

  3. Sarah Audsley Campbell says:

    I’m still bargaining, unfortunately.

  4. Marion Millan says:

    Changing over little by little and making more and more plant based/whole food daily. Advice for others, just take it one day at a time and make changes weekly. It is very overwhelming to change all at once and can be very stressful. When I have changed things to plant strong people do ask why, but it’s only because they do not have the proper information they need to change.

  5. Barbara says:

    Acceptance!!! Because the older I get the more I rely on experience that change is weatherable and how you embrace change allows the inevitable new, good opportunities to present themselves!

  6. Carol says:

    I am done grieving. But I am still angry at the government for allowing the false message that the Standard American Diet is good for you. We change 1 person at a time but the numbers are growing. :)

  7. Brenda Rowe says:

    I am still working out what is the right foods. Every time I think I have it I find I am still eating wrong. It has been over 4 months now I have lost weight I do feel lot’s better. But I guess I am still too confused about foods to grieve. I do know I used to love going out to eat I don’t like it now. I always loved getting something special that I did not have at home. Now I am angry that you have to pay high prices for food that does not taste as good as I have at home. I have never been very much of a meat eater. So this has not been hard for me. I have always loved sweets. I have gotten so it is not hard for me not to eat them now. I do still think about things like cheesecake and other bad for your health stuff. But then the thought leaves me. I just wish I could get this food thing down. I am frustrated right now. I am the only one in my family eating for my health. Although most of my family should be doing this. It is hard at family gatherings. I am going to have to start bringing my own food I think. With some to share. I have read all the books I can find follow all the recipes. I do not like a lot of the recipes so now I am trying to make my own recipes with what I have learned. Not working very well. I am still not doing it right.

    • Celia says:

      Brenda, you are doing MANY things right! You don’t like recipes? That an be a good thing. Can you try just eating fruits and veggies in their natural, whole form? (As I say this, I realize I am going through the same thing you are.) Simplify, simplify, simplify. To me, it sounds like you are headed in the right direction. It’s so weird giving up all these foods that are bad. The loss, for me, is difficult. This is a journey, we can’t give up, we’ve just got to keep headed in the right direction.

  8. Lisa Marie DeRoma says:

    Yes, cheese is the one that keeps trying to pull me back.

  9. Kris Tutte says:

    Hmm, I think anger, but at myself. I have known for years that I was making poor food choices but I chose the path of least resistance and now I have to try to regain some lost health. Yes, I’m definitely angry at myself.

  10. Diana L says:

    I think I am in the last two stages. I have been plant based for two months. My advice is: just take a day at a time; that it does indeed take time for it to become enmeshed in the fabric of your life! When I started I had NO idea how many wonderfully delicious rice varieties there are and how eventually I would fall in love with fruits/vegetables like never before!!! It’s a journey that I am daily being sold on! Why would I want to go back to meat (which I do not crave one bit), sugar and processed food when I feel amazing!!!

  11. Becky says:

    I am now in Acceptance, I threw out my earth balance butter that I was having “only 1 tsp on the weekends on popcorn”. After going to Rip’s book signing and hearing him talk about moderation and addiction I decided to toss it out, I’m done with the unhealthy! Once in a while I’ll make a baked good, but it is very rare now. :) I wish I could help others understand, and I often compare it to the Matrix as well :)

  12. outinthemsticks says:

    The hardest part for me is constantly wondering if I am indeed doing the right thing by following this lifestyle. Other than that, I am golden!

  13. Rebecca C says:

    I am on ‘take two’, so to speak, with living plant strong. The first time I crashed and burned after about a month. This time, my head and my heart were in the right place and now it feels totally normal. I am into my second month and am by no means perfect, but each mistake I make I take the opportunity to learn from. Instead of being mad at myself or using it as an excuse to make more poor decisions, I figure out how I can do better next time. Instead of losing momentum, I actually gain it.

    I have spent most of my life being obese and struggling with unhealthy food relationships. Emotional eating, habitual eating, seeking comfort in food, rewarding myself with food… And it has taken about a year for the quote from FOK to finally sink in, ‘eat to live, don’t live to eat.’ I am turning 37 next month, am back in school to become a registered dietician, and am very excited to see where this new adventure takes me.

  14. Leslie says:

    I’m in acceptance. In a way I’m glad I started slowly with just dairy about 7 years ago. I did it on my own to see if my allergies/asthma would improve. My husband and I are “all in” now. We did it! I don’t know if we would have been brave enough to try if I knew all that we would be “saying goodbye” to. But we are both happy to be where we ended up!

  15. LindaLCD says:

    For the last 10 years, I have often defeated myself in the struggle to become meat free. I have known all along that this is the way to go, jumped into it a few times (a year!) But always went back to a meat diet…..” normal” food, as my family calls it. I have felt all those feelings, plus feeling so angry at myself when I went back… today, well, today…. what will it be?

  16. Debbie Kuehnle says:

    I am in Bargaining mode and I struggle with becoming 100% Plant Strong. I would love to hear how people gave up their cravings and became totally committed. This is my second attempt and I just keep trying to justify a little chicken or fish won’t hurt… I just can’t seem to give it up completely!

    • iceskater1 says:

      It hurts the chickens and fish. Don’t you think they would rather be alive than chewed by a predator? Think of that next time, see them for living feeling beings instead of ‘food’. Really look at the animals.

  17. Penny says:

    Anger and bargaining! “I’ll be good all week but have Friday night sushi (meaning tuna, tuna, tuna) and that will be ok.” Lots of anger, first at my family for not knowing better (I’m over that.) Then at the industry (I may never get over that.) then at those who refuse to learn (won’t get over that either.).

  18. janet says:

    part of me is in depression, part acceptance and very happy!..I am the mother of 8 kiddos, 6 now at home, and started a plant-based life about 2 years ago and then ran my first marathon…all of this for me, my health, and my self-care. Our youngest 3 are adopted and have required major intervention, appointments and changes in our life, so I wanted to take care of me…my struggle comes in trying to educated my family, and the struggle of having to make “their” food and my food. I am learning to take joy in my small victories for my kids….no sodas, less milk, adding lots of veggies in every sneaky way I can! I also believe FIRMLY, that for all children this is the better way to eat, but for children that need so much healing…mentally, emotionally, physically…this is a better way, so I will not back down, and I will not give in…and take whatever victory I can!(by the way, the adopted ones are making great progress and are very willing to help me with new plant bases recipes, especially their lunches at school!…which is awesome for children struggling with food issues developed out of neglect and abuse!) Thank you for your books, and making the recipes easy for a family on a budget, and helping us to seek out opportunities to be responsible for our own health!—Janet

  19. glenda King says:

    I made it 90 days and then failed! I’m trying again! This would help me greatly

  20. sam-i-am says:

    On the way to the beach June 28, 2013 I inboxed on Facebook one of my teachers from back in the day after he had posted a picture of dramatic weight loss. My husband and I wondered what he had done. Within a few minutes he inboxed me back and told me to get the books My Beef with Meat and watch Forks over Knives. As we finished off our double cheeseburgers, we thought…let’s get the book as I am deperate to lose about 50 pounds and get rid of T2 Diabetes and my husband off blood pressure meds. Both of us being law enforcement over the years the weight has packed on….I guess all the donuts *giggle* Saturday morning we found the book, went to the grocery store and began cold turkey into plant strong eating….today July 11, 2013 my husband is down 10 lbs and I am down 9. We feel great other than a little gassy at times which I understand will pass. My sugars are stable and my energy is high and so is his. I worry because I am also anemic and take iron supplements 2x a day but so far I feel energized. Even our 9 year old is jumping on board! All the food is fantastic and really less expensive than meat. We didn’t go through any grieveing stages put our mantra is exactly this…we are doing what we want to see changed. Loving life and thankful for my old teacher for sharing and helping change our lifes. We will remain, without a doubt, PLANT STRONG!

  21. carol says:

    I have always loved eating veggies and fruits. The hardest part was giving up dairy – yogurt and cheese, which had become part of what I thought was a healthy way to eat. I did not know until I read the china study and it has been hard to let them go. I started this journey in February, still missing my cheese, but learning to adjust to a new ways of eating without it. Life is a journey and this is just part of it, learning along the way and staying on the path is the challenge we all face. May you find blessings in your journey as I have.

  22. Greg says:

    I eagerly took the red pill and never once have I looked back. I’ve been a vegan for 20 years, but I still am tempted by many junk foods (though not as many as I used to be). I don’t tolerate fried foods very well, so no fried pies, tater tots or French fries. Potato chips (especially the salt and malt vinegar flavor) and corn chips still tempt me as well as sodas, but not as much as they used to, so it’s getting easier.
    I love fruits and veggies. My main problem is that, being single, I can’t eat fresh produce fast enough before it spoils. There’s very little room in my freezer for frozen veggies and pre-packaged salds are too expensive for my very limited income.
    I love whole grain bread and prefer it over the cheap, nearly tasteless white bread at my neighborhood supermarket, but it’s often double or triple the cost (not to mention that I can’t seem to find any E2 friendly bread) and so I am forced to either buy white bread or do without.
    I eat a lot of pasta with home made fat free sauce and I also make fat free tomato soup. I often make fat free black bean burgers and freeze them for a quick meal later. I would love to be able to afford more fresh produce but it’s just not in my budget, so I buy a lot of canned veggies (salt-free when possible). I want to change, but until my income improves or my expenses decrease, I’m stuck where I am.

  23. Holly Dale says:

    I am starting this plant-strong diet on Monday. I have watched the documeientaries on Netflix and have read the engine 2 diet book. Since gathering this new information its hard to eat bad, but I’m doing the last little indulgences this week! I plan to go in strong and keep this up for a lifestyle change. My family has a lot of history with diabetes, heart issues, high blood pressure, cancer, obesity, etc. The list goes on.. I do not want to be another number in the statistics of these diseases. I am trying to tell as many people as I know about this. Its really hard not to. Just a little discouraged from the funny looks, eye rolls, etc. I can’t even get my husband on board. It scares me to think I may out live him! Just hoping he “gets it” once I start. I cannot get rid of all the “bad” foopd and temptation foods because he still needs to eat. His excuse is that he loves meat too much to give it up and the vegetable “stuff” sounds nasty compared to steak and potatoes. Although she is many miles away, my mom is also starting this plant-strong diet on Monday. At least I can call her when things get Doug at home! We are excited and trying to learn everything there is to know and to utilize all the resources. Thanks for the story. I will be more encouraged to know its not just me thinking/going through these things.

    • Jess K. says:

      Use the help you can find online and find some plant-strong people too. They are out there. I’ve heard it all (you NEED meat fats and crazy talk – “even an apple has cholesterol” and tried not to laugh in people’s dumb faces sometimes) I used Sparkpeople’s nutrition input (customized a bit) to track my nutrients and even print them out.. I use the Fat Free Vegan website and all the Engine2 and Forks Over Knives websites. It is more than possible to thrive being plant strong. Adults turning up their nose at vegetables are just silly. When you look at our world, meatless lifestyles are the future. Stay strong and best wishes.

    • Celia says:

      Congratulations on starting your plant-strong diet on Monday, Holly. I think you will be successful even though it will not be easy all the time. Your mom will be one of your best supports even though she is many miles away, you can pick up the phone and talk to each other. I pray a vegan friend will show up in your life, somewhere close by, too. That happened to me- about a month after I changed my diet, I ran into an old friend at the gym, who was just getting out of her yoga class. Her doctor told her to cut out animal foods, do yoga and meditate. This is after she had been “seeing stars” and having other symptoms, and found that she had plaque in artery leading to her brain!!! And this is a woman who in on the ski patrol, kayaks, and is into all kinds of interesting things. So we re-connected and have stayed in close touch for a year now. Good luck, Holly… I will remember you in my prayers on Monday.

    • Lora says:

      Sometimes I think it’s best to just quietly do your plant strong thing and not talk much about it, after a while they will see your glowing skin, thin body and low cholesterol and the proof is in the pudding. They will see the results.

      I live in so Cal. And people here never question, they just think its great!

  24. 1stnewmy says:

    Great insight on the cycles of grief and life style change; I can’t say I experienced it quite the way you describe though I know some people who would or do. I can say I’m not a big fan of exercise and I now exercise more than I ever had in my life consistently and voluntarily. And there are definite benefits to exercising but I am occasionally angry/frustrated that I have to maintain my body, wihs it could be automatic!

  25. A Healthy Finish says:

    thank you for the wonderful article Natala. As always, you hit the mail right on the head. I struggle with this on a regular basis, but I try to focus on the progress I have made instead of beating myself up.

  26. Kay Witt says:

    I want to try this, but my question is, will I be sharp mentally without animal protein. I went vegan for about 6 months. Then my hair started falling out so I fell off the wagon. I have the new Engine 2 Book and it makes sense. Any advice?

    • Engine2Team says:

      You’ll be sharper than ever. As for hair loss – it’s usually a good sign for most people – indicates hormonal shifts and your hair grows back stronger.

  27. Yvonne says:

    Great insight… after a little over a year, I have to admit I really like a lot of these foods. I was craving a spinach salad the other day… the foods taste more complex – more alive. Not sure if that makes sense. And I really enjoy exercising and look forward to it. I hurt my foot a few weeks ago and was ordered off of it for another 2 weeks – I went home and cried. I just wanted to go for a walk on the trail!!! But… I still struggle with the pleasure trap. But failure isn’t falling down, it’s staying down right. And if you look at progress over the year… well, before I would eat F-_, now most days I am at a A-. So… I am happy with the overall progress as I work to get to the point you are at.

  28. Debbie says:

    Interesting. I’m just over a year into my journey and I almost feel like I cycle between a lot of these stages. Two steps forward, one step back, right? It’s definitely been a struggle at times (split household on this issue and sometimes I don’t want to even try) and cloud nine at times. I’d love to win the book. I hear a lot about it and hope that I could learn something to help me be plant STRONG rather than plant enthusiast.

  29. Helene says:

    Amazing that these steps would fit in with a change of eating. I know I feel so much better when I eat plant based. I have discovered many new fruits and veggies. Some I have not cared for and many I now love.

  30. JN says:

    It’s been a challenge getting used to new ways of meal planning, shopping, and cooking but I feel better, and it has been fun trying new foods and recipes!

  31. Chris says:

    Great, as always! <3

  32. Sarah says:

    Totally bargaining with myself! The first 6 months were fine, even through Holidays. Now I struggle

  33. Jean E Watson Jones says:

    I definitely need to read the Pleasure Trap because I’m struggling!

  34. Michael Jendrzejewski says:

    Miss my old foods very much, but I’ll never go back.

  35. lhb9879 says:

    what a brilliant article! I’m a newbie vegan (3 months!), I didn’t realise I’d been through these stages although luckily I think I skipped the depression and went straight to acceptance. I feel like I’m “home” with this way of eating.

  36. Jean Hayes says:

    It’s interesting how differently everyone reacts to this change in diet. I suppose I have had moments of missing foods, but I have been so excited to be doing something new and wonderful, that it has done the opposite for me. It has helped me feel more positive and less depressed! Thanks for sharing with us Natala!

  37. Courtney Cobbs says:

    I’m definitely in acceptance. I went vegetarian in June of 2012 and I committed to veganism 100% in January of this year.
    I have my moments when I’m craving a dairy cheese pizza, but I just satisfy that craving with something else. I just can’t see myself going back to eating animal products.

    If you’re just starting out, try to seek out alternatives. Also, be easy with yourself. Vegan food blogs were a great help to me in seeing all the possibilities.

  38. Cindy Plachinski says:

    In regards to killing sentient beings for human food, our family’s comment is that
    “there is no good way to do a bad thing”. When we hear about “grass fed beef” and “free range chickens” it is all a big lie, because in the end, a life is taken, along with all the health issues placed on the person consuming the death. Thus, no good way to do a bad thing.

  39. Celia says:

    Talk about timing! So strange, I woke up and came downstairs this morning feeling such a sense of loss, not really sure why, but thinking it had something to do with the way my life has changed over the past year. After all, I’ve been a vegan for 11 months now, and have been looking forward to this August when I can say, “Yay, one year vegan!” Why am I feeling depressed? I sat down with a cup of coffee to check my FB like I do most mornings, and Natala’s blog came up in my newsfeed. “All Change is Grief…” I felt like a deer caught in the headlights! Grief, loss!!! That’s it. It’s just starting to hit me that when I reach the one year mark, sure, I can celebrate, but still… It’s like a two year old who realizes the new baby sister is not going back to the hospital, this thing is here to STAY. Can I handle it?

    A friend who is a recovering alcoholic told me recently, “think what it would be like to know you can never have another drink again, and people who don’t know any better are always asking, are you sure you won’t have a drink?” For him, the consequences of one drink would be deadly serious. I can’t begin to tell you how much it would cost him to fall off the wagon, just once. At every party, social gathering, big family event, it’s always there. Even a healthy change involves grief. That’s a brilliant way to look at this journey. It’s not the only way, of course, we all know the benefits, but it’s a big part of it, and anyone who sets out on the journey can be helped by remembering that. Thanks, Natala, and thanks to all who shared their comments.

  40. Janette says:

    I’ve only been plant-based for about 7 weeks but its been hard because my husband isn’t supportive of the changes I’m making. It’s also been difficult thinking about separate meals for my family & then for myself. However, I feel much better. I’m happy knowing what is going in my body. And I’m determined that this is the time for me to do this. Who knows maybe the rest of my family will see the positives & be inboard one day. I hope so!

  41. Sandy C says:

    Right after watching Forks Over Knives, I began my plant-based journey. After 7.5 months, I find myself in the bargaining mode. Your wise words were just what I needed today. Thank!

  42. Agent99 says:

    Natala, thanks for such an insightful and honest post. You are terrific and so compassionate. I am an odd mix. Acceptance because have been wfpb for over a year now. I continue to struggle with anger and depression because making this change has not been great for me. I’ve always exercised and eaten pretty good, so my husband says I had less to gain from this switch. I’m disappointed that I have not seen major positive improvements, and I’ve struggled with loss of energy a lot since starting on this plan. So opposite what most people experience! Finally have tweaked what I eat enough that I can cross the energy issue off the list. (All tweaks still within the pbwf realm, so not an issue of straying but more one of changing proportion of foods eaten from each category, and adding an algae-based omega3 supplement.) There are so many reasons to stay with this program that I am committed to it, and I tell myself that many of the positive changes are internal where I can’t see them. I weigh 115. Age could be a factor; guess I might be in denial on that front! Still a lot of work to be done on the psychological issues surrounding food, even healthy, good food. Thanks again for so many good tips on how to deal with all the feelings and issues that arise. And now I will take your advice from a previous post and go do some yard work for exercise to help feel better.

  43. Mimi says:

    My husband and I are just starting so I guess we’ll be moving toward the Denial phase. I am very excited about us both changing our lives. We both need to lower cholesterol and hbp. Nearing our 60s so we need to change to the plant based diet.

  44. kathleen says:

    I phase in and out of all of them as easily as I phase in and out of my roles as mother, wife, daughter and sister. As the only plant strong eater in the family I have my own cupboard but there are still a lot of donuts, chips and other bad foods in the house. It’s a struggle as I bargain with myself for ‘wait’ time. Another half hour often takes the craving away but sometimes I feel cheated when those around me can have anything they want. There are many times when I feel strong and accepting because I like the plant strong food and have lots of willpower to stick with it. Then there are times when I think I’m blessed to have these issues because it’s a constant reminder to eat right. I wake up in a different frame of mind almost everyday. I feel a bit like a Ferris wheel and although I fear the heights the view from the top is pretty good.

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