MIA-Where Have I Been?
Simply Spuds #2
Life is such a journey, isn't it? As I shared in my last blog post, it has a mind of its own and sometimes we get caught up in the trap of "busyness" in the midst of our "business"! I am still alive and kicking...and still very much Whole Foods Plant Based. I have found a place to come home to within the WFPBNO, Starch Based community and will embrace it forever, this way of eating simply, founded on Simply Spuds!
So...let me catch you up to speed!
Last February, Dr. McDougall had an Advanced Study Weekend that he invited Andrew Spud Fit Taylor to attend and tell his story why he had chosen the lowly potato for a mono-food diet for an entire year and what that had translated into. My husband overheard me mention that Andrew Taylor was attending and surprised me with air fare to the weekend. Oh-my-goodness! I was on my way to meet the two men who started it all!
Wow, what a weekend that was! The line up of speakers was amazing and needless to say the experience was life changing! I was ready to hit the road running!
Shortly after returning, a girlfriend and I had planned on attending the Home and Garden Show in Denver that year. At the show I met an organic farmer who knew of Andrew Spud Fit Taylor's story. After visiting with him, I was gifted with a whole bag of organic potatoes! Thank you Andrew! The reason I was at the show was that we had been having structural foundation issues with our home and I wanted to interview some reputable restoration companies. After scheduling for them to come out to our home we discovered we had too much repair work for us to handle, so our home of 20+ years is being downsized, minimized, upgraded with new paint, flooring and cosmetics to help us sell it next summer when we put it on the market. We've been living out of our 5th wheel in the meantime, which is another story in and of itself! So, hitting the road running, literally came to a halting stop!
One thing I have realized through this journey however, is that in the past I would have turned to food to help me through the emotional ups and downs of this transition. Walking through Spud Fit helped prepare me to not look to food for emotional support, but to keep my food simple and my life interesting. And interesting has indeed been an understatement!
Andrew Spud Fit Taylor
So life has been put on the back burner in many ways, such as keeping up with my good intentions of being current with this blog. But it has been an exciting year nonetheless. I received a promotion at work, took over active leadership in the Women's Ministry at our church, was able to travel to California for the study weekend and have been working on our house in between all the nooks and crannies of available time. My husband also has a very new business and his time has been spent nurturing and building it as it grows. So it goes to say, I have a very, very full plate.
July brought Veg Fest and a whole new WFPB world in Denver opened up to me. I was able to again take advantage of listening to the wisdom of many speakers, Dr. Alan Goldhamer being one of my very favorites. He is one passionate man! Tons of food presenters, exhibitors and speakers made for a well rounded weekend.
At VegFest I had the pleasure of meeting Chef Kelley Williamson and Jerry Casados who organized our very first Colorado Plant Based and Wellness Summit where I had the privilege of again hearing from experts such as Chef AJ and John Pierre to Dr. Steven Lewanda and Chef Del Stroufe. To top it off, they invited me to share as well at the weekend and I was able to encourage others with the story of my journey!
This summer, I also was able to attend a presentation by Stephen Ritz - The Plant Man from the Bronx. What an amazing person, a true example of how one soul can change the world around them.
So, what's next?
The only purpose of this journal is to in some way encourage others, who like me, have stopped and started diets too many times to count; who have become discouraged and despondent over their health, their weight and their medical future; who have sadly resigned themselves to living life in the fat lane. Let me encourage you that one meal at a time, one day at a time, one week at a time, one month at a time, one year at a time...we can all get there. As Andrew likes to say, "Why think about what will happen if you fail? Why not think about what will happen if you succeed?"
I plan for this site to be a resource for those seeking true health. Enough about my story, I want to help you with yours. So future journal entries will be about the basic things people question when they start this lifestyle. Why Starch based? Where will I get my protein, calcium, etc? What should my day look like? What to do in social settings? How to dine out? How do I explain this to my friends and family? The questions that we are confronted with that can either make or break our success. Am I an expert? Heavens, a resounding NO! But I have access to so much and a passion to share it.
P.S. Here is a link to a You Tube Video of an interview I had with Andrew after the Advanced Study Weekend in February https://youtu.be/tRN6k2IFlwY
Meet me on Face Book at Simply Spuds...join me on this unpredictable journey as we travel this wonderful planet called "Home"!