Hello and Welcome
Hello, I would like to introduce myself.
My name is Adrienne, I am a 30 something Mum of 2 from the UK.
Cooking is my favourite thing to do, I am always pottering around the kitchen trying new things. My head is always full of new ideas and my main topic of conversation is food!
I created Plant Powered Pantry as a way of recording the Plant Based meals that I make for my family.
Recently I made the decision to begin a Whole Food Plant Based way of eating. This was due to a diagnosis of an autoimmune disease. These conditions are often treated with strong medications which can cause side effects which in turn have their own symptoms.
As I looked into autoimmune diseases more, I wanted to find a natural treatment, without the use of strong medication. I kept coming across information stating the beneficial anti-inflammatory effects of a whole food plant based diet, so I decided to give it a try.
I became Plant Based around October 2017 and I haven’t looked back. I am finding that this way of eating is incredibly satisfying.
Benefits I have felt from eating a Whole Food Plant Based diet:
- There is a huge variety of food – which provides almost everything I need without the animal products, oil, sugar and processed foods.
- I am expanding my cooking range – I’m challenging myself to think of new ideas.
- The food is delicious – I do not feel as though I am missing out.
- I feel and look healthier – my skin and hair condition has improved.
- I have lost body-fat.
- I never feel bloated or sluggish after meals.
- I can eat more for less calories – a huge bonus as I love to eat!
As for my condition, I definitely feel better within myself. I still have some symptoms but this way of eating seems to be helping me to manage them. So far I have not had to take any other medication. This diet is so new – I ate a ‘standard’ diet for over 30 years, so I can’t expect miracles in just a few months.
I am working on improving my family’s way of eating too. The more I research a plant based diet (there is plenty of information out there), the more convinced I am that I am doing the right think for the long term health of my family and the prevention of many chronic conditions.
My husband was initially doubtful that he would enjoy meals with no animal products, but he is choosing to enjoy ‘my food’ more and more, after realising how delicious this way of eating can be. My children are still a work in progress – some meals are a hit and some a miss – but each successful meal is a step in the right direction. They are definitely eating a wider range of foods now.
It is sometimes frustrating if they won’t try or don’t like what I have prepared, but I have to remember that this is my journey and I can’t force it on them. I just have to keep trying to feed them as healthily as I can.
I hope that you try and enjoy the recipes that I post here, and that even if not a Plant Based eater yourself, you feel some of the benefits of such healthy foods.