Seven Day Plant Strong Challenge

Dear friends and family,
So many of you have shared concerns with me about your desire to lose weight. In the past two weeks, I can easily count five people who wished out loud they could shed unwanted pounds. Extra weight is both a personal and complicated subject. It can be an emotionally charged issue, sadly laden with psycho-social-cultural shame and guilt.

At this junction of life, I want to weigh less, but more importantly I want to be healthy.  In my senior years, my medical struggles are high cholesterol and painful arthritis in my feet and hands. My family physician’s answer to these issues was to prescribe meds. I wasn’t quite ready to go that direction, so I decided it wouldn’t hurt to consult with a holistic practitioner that would offer me some alternatives.

I had the good fortune to find two doctors with outstanding credentials, and more importantly, ones in which I discerned I could place my trust. Both of them practice integrative medicine and will prescribe synthetic medications if necessary. They understand not everyone will respond to diet as a way to lower cholesterol or diminish arthritic symptoms.

Fortunately, a lifestyle change in the way I prepare foods and plan meals has positively impacted my health issues. And I admit I don’t mind losing a few pounds along the way! Basically, I’m eating a lot more legumes, whole grains, leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, and starchy vegetables. My doctor that trained at the University of Minnesota in integrative medicine guided me to this way of eating (known as woe in health food groups.) Since he left Ohio and went back to MN, I found another doctor that is part of a Cleveland Clinic research team that promotes diet and supplements as curative.

If you are thinking of a change in your own woe, I suggest you, too, seek medical advice from a doctor. Our bodies are “fearfully and wonderfully made” and what works for one unique system may not be beneficial to another.

Regardless of our physical make-up, it seems that one thing health care specialists  agree upon is eating more plant based foods. I can hear Mom now,  “Eat your vegetables!” For seven days, I am going to try to do just that. Would you like to join me?

Maybe we call all get a little healthier, together.

How about a classic and healthy green bean casserole? I would adjust the cooking times in this recipe because the beans were a bit undercooked for me. It tasted great reheated on day 2!

Vegan Green Bean Casserole | Minimalist Baker Recipes











5 thoughts on “Seven Day Plant Strong Challenge

  1. I am not sure the place you’re getting your information, but good topic. I must spend some time studying more or understanding more. Thanks for great info I used to be searching for this info for my mission.

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    1. Hi Alex,
      The functional and integrative medicine information was imparted to me by my doctors in Bluffton, Ohio that have an established clinic in this type of treating disease. My cholesterol was high and they prescribed more vegetables and less meat and sugar. Fortunately, after following their suggestions for six months, my bad cholesterol dropped and my good cholesterol numbers went up. I’ve been trying to eat a variety of vegetables ever since. Blessings to you in your mission!


  2. Useful info. Lucky me I discovered your site accidentally, and I’m surprised why this twist of fate did not came about in advance! I bookmarked it.


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