It’s official! I now have a certificate from Cornell University in Plant Based Nutrition. I have been following the diet (officially called, whole food plant based diet – WFPBD) for the past few months and feel great. I have a lot more energy and feel lighter. Also, at the risk of too much information, my digestive system is working like clockwork.
My next goal is to start a WFPBD and yoga/exercise program for women going through menopause. It can be a tricky time of life and my program aims to make it as painless as possible. I went through menopause early due to breast cancer treatment. As a result I have become slightly obsessed with figuring out how to reduce symptoms, such as weight gain, fatigue and hot flashes. Thanks to the WFPBD and yoga/exercise, I have never been better. By using my own body to test different food combinations and exercise regimes I have been able to come up with the optimal plan. I really dislike the word “diet” as it seems to carry many negative connotations with it. I like to think of WFPBD as a lifestyle. I will offers all kinds of information, like recipes, exercise/yoga videos and useful tips, which make it a way of life instead of a short term fix.
I realize that everyone is different, but I believe diet and exercise are the common denominator for all. I have found a way to feel great and not put on a ton of extra weight. I am running a test pilot this fall and will launch the official program in the spring of 2019. Stick with me and we’ll get through this together!
My husband is an amazing cook and loves getting creative in the kitchen. I have been the reliable day to day cook which can be kind of boring. I’m currently in the middle of a plant based nutrition course and have suddenly become incredibly inspired! This is a picture of a recipe I like from Julie Montagu’s Super Foods cookbook. It takes about 45 minutes to make and is not only delicious, it’s incredibly filling.
Mung Bean, Sweet Potato and Pomegranate Casserole. I’d say it’s more like a stew than a casserole, but the bottom line is, it’s yummy and my whole family loved it.
If you’d like the recipe, pm me and I’ll send it to you!
Over the past weekend I attended a two-day seminar with the amazing Robin Monro. He is one of the leading experts in the U.K. on how to treat lower back pain (LBP) with yoga and has pioneered a new way to help teachers along with their students to assess LBP via his website. It was interesting to learn about how back pain is treated by the medical community and how little research has been done to show how yoga can help.
We covered the many different types of back pain, how to asses the differences through a variety of tests and how to teach specific poses to help strengthen and eventually heal some of these injuries. Twelve hours over two days wasn’t enough, but it has definitely started me on an interesting path with further study to come. If you have lower back problems and are interested in how yoga can help, please send me an email. There is so much we can do to help and I’m excited to share my knowledge! I’m just hoping when and if I’m Robin’s age that I’ll still sitting on the floor showing poses and teaching cool stuff like him. What an absolute inspiration!