A healthy plant-based diet is based on whole grains, beans, greens, vegetables, and fruit.
A healthy plant-based diet is based on whole grains, beans, greens, vegetables, and fruit.

Just like everyone, my husband and I have been trying to make the right decisions about what we eat to be healthy.  Our diet has changed over the years since we have been married.  First we pretty much ate whatever we wanted, being 24 years old and letting our relatively svelte figures be our guide.  We ate lots of salads, but rich salads with chicken, bottled dressings, goat cheese, walnuts, Craisins, anything to make the dish not taste like salad.  We frequently had dishes like turkey sausage stir fried with red bell peppers, curried chicken with coconut milk, and salmon.  Eggs, cheese, sometimes bacon for breakfast.  We were partying or out with friends twice or more during the week, and slurping up box wine and cheap beer pretty much every night.

Then we moved from Maryland to a tiny seaside loft on a tropical island.  GORGEOUS views, but when I say tiny I mean tiny…the loft had no kitchen.  We cooked with a hot plate and a microwave and we used a bucket filled from the bathroom sink for dishes.  For almost 2 years!  Our diet during this time consisted mostly of hot pockets, pop tarts, Fiber One bars and anything microwaveable or that could be made with hot water.  And of course lots of rum-based drinks with Coco Lopez (coconut sugar-syrup).

When we returned to the mainland it was easier to eat “healthy.”  We started working out regularly at a posh gym and limiting our red meat intake.  Lots of Muscle Milk and protein shakes made at home with banana, Silk soy milk, and whey protein powder.  Trail mix made with walnuts, Craisins, and white chocolate chips.  Various cheeses with apples and wine.  Hummus made with half a cup or more of olive oil.  Burritos made with beans and ground turkey.  Sushi with tempura or cream cheese (Philly Roll).  During this time we got into great physical shape.

Then came our baby girl.  Just after she was born we saw the documentary “Forks Over Knives,” which is available streaming on Netflix.  The information in the film was so clear and credible that we decided to change the way we eat.  First we looked closely at food labels and did not purchase any “processed” foods.  My husband and I are smart people and enjoy seeing through the “veil” of advertisement.  So much food is marketed as healthy, but really contains unhealthy ingredients!  So we cut out processed foods, stopped eating meat, and gradually cut out dairy.  Our diet does not include:

Processed Foods




Sugar (in the form of blackstrap molasses or maple syrup) is used sparingly.  Salt is added to the exterior of some foods.

We eat vegetables, whole grains, and fruit.  It is delicious and we all feel great!



20 Comments Add yours

  1. Danielle says:

    Love your blog! Thanks for sharing your journey and your recipes! 🙂

    1. Chelsea says:

      Thanks for reading Danielle!

  2. Hey there! My husband and I are following a plant-based diet too. It’s nice to connect with others who understand what you’re doing and why. Great blog – I’m going to follow you. Celeste

    1. Chelsea says:

      Thanks Celeste! You’re right, it’s great to connect with other like-minded people. I sometimes forget that only 2% of the country eats this way! I love blogging about a whole foods plant based diet because I get to see where visits to the blog come from around the world…35 countries so far!

  3. Thanks for the posts! I’m starting this plant-based whole foods lifestyle myself and it’s great to know that I’m not crazy in this! Your recipes look delicious and I look forward to trying them!

    1. Chelsea says:

      The longer I eat this way, the more sense it makes! Thanks for reading, and enjoy!!

  4. John says:

    Hi Danielle, keep up the good work! I just finished reading The China Study, and am now starting to read Whole by the same author. Great reads for those who are interested in learning more about the whole foods plant based diet!

  5. Cris Avina says:

    Just Finished watching Forks over Knives a couple of days ago and was looking up whole food plant based recipes. My wife went out bought every piece of organic non GMO fruits and vegetables she could find. I’m having your cucumber salad right now! Thank you for your time and energy into this blog.

    1. Chelsea says:

      It’s so great to see that the whole foods plant-based way of eating is becoming more and more popular. Thanks for reading!

  6. tiffany267 says:

    Hey – just wanted to let you know that I gave your blog a shout-out on a recent post of mine: http://tiffanysopinions.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/tiffanys-seasonal-gift-guide-2013. Thanks for all the great vegan recipes!

  7. Barb says:

    Read about your interest in WFPB diet through your information on the Evolve website. Glad to know someone in SM who embraces the same diet I do. I look forward to trying your recipes. Please let me know of any gatherings or education that is available in SM. I have been eating this way for the past 6 months and feel great. Off BP and cholestrol medications and my weight is what it was in high school back in the 1970’s.

    1. Chelsea says:

      Hi Barb! That is wonderful! I always say that my biggest motivator is how amazing I feel. I never knew that my old “normal” was really feeling less than good. I’ll be sure to let you know of future workshops and classes. I also post on http://www.facebook.com/wholefoodvegan if you want to follow me there. Be sure to share your own favorite tips & recipes! 🙂

  8. Lori Denise says:

    Hi there – I just came across your blog. I watched Forks Over Knives a few months ago and have also switched to a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle. I love how easy your site is to navigate through and look forward to trying some of your recipes and connecting with other WFPB peeps. Cheers! 🙂

    1. Chelsea says:

      Hi Lori! Congrats on your transition and thank you for the kind words! Do keep us updated on your progress. 🙂 Chelsea

  9. Rhonda says:

    We are just getting started with transition into the wfpd and found your site when searching for a pancake recipe while on vacation. Thank you for your efforts! We have some interesting challenges since I developed an intolerance for all legumes from my years of eating processed foods. My husband is a dyed in the wool carnivore who, miraculously, is willing to try a vegan diet after watching Forks Over Knives. I’m looking forward to trying some of your other recipes! Thanks again!

    1. Chelsea says:

      Hi Rhonda! Let us know how it is going. My husband loved how he felt after a 3 week forks over knives test. And we both stuck with it, as well as our 2 kids!

  10. Miriam Gholl says:

    Hi Chelsea – I’m Jamie Elliott’s mom – Franzi was raving about your blog and recommended it to me, as I just recently found out I’m allergic to whey and casein! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes! Say hi to Ryan for me!

    1. Chelsea says:

      Hi Miriam! I’m so glad you checked out the site 🙂 lots of dairy-free stuff here! I would also recommend the forks over knives app for yummy recipes. It also allows you to make a shopping list from the recipes.

  11. debfokos.com says:

    I love figs and I can’t wait to try your fig bars!! Plus it’s nice to see how healthy you guys are and making great food choices at such a young age. There are so many people I know who are confirmed walking time bombs insofar as their health is concerned.

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