Welcome to plant.well!
My name is Caitlin and I live in a little town nestled on the Illinois/Wisconsin/Lake Michigan border!
My health journey began with attempts of creating healthier versions of my favorite meals, especially sweets! While I had some fun in the process, health wasn’t as much of a priority as it should have been.
The shift really started when I had the opportunity to study abroad in Australia for my final college semester, and got a taste for the quality of food the country had to offer. Everything was fresher, less processed, and more whole.
It was during this semester I discovered a plant-based lifestyle, and my initial reaction was “Oh, sounds like a never-ending, restrictive diet”. I couldn’t understand why people seemed happy to live this way.
However, I quickly learned how many people were thriving off plants, saying how they’ve never felt better–I even learned of people healing themselves from things like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and more; I even found research to back it!
One message that stood out to me was: so many people don’t know how good they can feel, until they experience true health. I felt like I was missing out on a better version of myself that was inaccessible due to my lack of nutritive food, self care and exercise.
On June 22nd, 2016, the very day I landed back in the U.S.A., I decided to jump into this lifestyle 100%. Many people marveled at my quick transition, but it really was quite difficult. Most of my family and friends didn’t understand, and not being able to participate in our traditional meals was a major transition for them as well.
The fact that I was now eating an entirely different diet than my family meant I had to learn to cook–it’s worth mentioning my prior cooking skills were limited to omelets and boxed mac and cheese. The need for tasty, satisfying food is what drove me to experiment, discovering all new foods and spices along the way. It wasn’t long before I was creating dishes even my family loved!
Even though the transition was challenging, I never for a second regretted it or wished I hadn’t started. Just a few things I noticed right away from this lifestyle:
-I had endless energy and began running for fun
-My mind was clear and focused
-I no longer needed my anxiety medication
-I lost 15 pounds and fell to a healthy, sustainable weight
It was amazing! Along with all these changes, I felt a deep peace knowing I was supporting the environment, healing my body, and encouraging moral animal treatment.
Now I can truly say choosing a whole food, plant-based vegan diet was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I created plant.well as a platform to share my passion for this lifestyle–I also had many people asking for recipes, so I created an easy way to access them!
Whether you’re looking to go plant-based, or simply include more plant-based meals in your diet, I hope to inspire you as well to take charge of your health, and feel truly alive!