WFPB - Our Journey

Watching someone you love die makes an impact that lasts a lifetime.  But watching that person suffer and knowing that years of suffering could perhaps have been avoided based on dietary choices cuts to the core.

Without getting too personal, my husband and I began researching medical "cures" for my father in law as he year by year found himself riddled with obesity, heart disease, kidney failure, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, along with numerous other maladies that basically stopped him from living many years before he actually passed.

Time and again research brought us to a Whole Food Plant Based Diet as not so much a "cure", but a prevention for many of these medical issues.  We read the usual books (The China Study, Whole, etc.) and in 2013 our already dairy-free family (lactose and allergy issues) went vegan and we've never looked back.

I've forged my way through the WFPB world and found that eating "vegan" doesn't have to be a thing, one can just eat without animal products and one can eat well with good recipes and not miss the products at all.

I'm not a fan of substitutes, hence you won't find many "weird" ingredients here, no fake meat or processed fake cheese, and I'm also not a fan of soy.  

I love that I can cook for meat eating friends and they don't even know their meal is "vegan".  And my grown son - he says he has not embraced the WFPB diet, however without realizing it his diet is about 90% plant based (he's severely lactose intolerant and has no dairy in his diet and he only occasionally adds animal protein to his veggie quinoa or brown rice creations).  He sends a special request for Cheezy Pasta (Nutritional Yeast based) every time he comes home (Recipe coming soon - stay tuned!) and says he loves it way better than the old Mac N Cheese he had at friends houses when he was a young teen.

At Liv Life I will share my tips and tricks for vegan make-overs and we'll enjoy classics like Pumpkin Pancakes and Banana Waffles that you can serve to your kid's friends (who profess they won't eat vegan...) and they are likely to say they've just had the best pancakes ever.

My sister and her family are working to adopt a plant based lifestyle and she's found stumbling blocks that I'd not thought - "You mean the yeast I use for bread is not Nutritional Yeast?" sort of questions that one won't know unless they askSo here we'll share our discoveries and revelations together.

Won't you join me as we explore this path and find the beauty of plants and health along the way?!

Note:  When I began this blog in 2010 we were not plant based... I've toyed with removing the non-plant based recipes from my blog, but have decided not to.  Most of my friends are not plant based and they do refer back to these recipes for reference, hence I am keeping them for others to enjoy.


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