This is how and why I transitioned to healthier eating habits and plant-based foods. You can learn to eat better and feel better by reading my story.
Bio: Meet Linda Davis
Food blogger, Linda Davis, former chef and now wellness advocate who lives in Madera, the center of the California’s richest agricultural valley. She lives with her Caesar-salad obsessed husband, Karl, and mischievous dog, Lady .
Education: B.A. in Management, Organizational Development from Fresno Pacific University and Culinary Arts Advanced Certification from Fresno City College (2 year program)
I spent my youth moving from California city to city. My father worked for A,T, & T, when they used to be Pacific Bell. As he got promoted and requested strategic transfers, my stay-at-home Mom and 3 other siblings and I went along. I attended 12 different schools before college. I learned the life lessons of being adaptable, the benefit of getting a fresh start, and how to make things work. When I grew up, that would definitely come in handy.
Eventually, I went from culinary school to disastrous medical diagnoses. These are the original recipes I learned and developed, while becoming a chef. Later, when I fought to regain and eventually enjoy vigorously good health, I went from seven daily medications to one, which included painful injections. This is how I created a healing and healthy diet for myself. And how you can, too.
Maybe I’m Like You
Like many Americans, my struggles included obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes. When 3 close family members suffered from cancer in one year, I knew I had to get serious about my own health! If you want to get serious about yours, let me show you how…
Along the way
I learned to like, then love salads, vegetable side dishes and get creative by adding a distinctive twist and healthier update to my former favorite recipes. It was important for me to learn to incorporate meatless main dishes and reduce or eliminate meats in general. I started drinking healthy protein fruit and/or vegetable smoothies and snacking on energy and protein bites and balls to keep from getting too hungry. I also relied on detox drinks and infused waters to drink more water, to feel fuller. This is how I was able to get to a healthier weight, and earn my way off most medications, because I no longer required them.
Change is hard
Although I experienced a lot of change growing up, changing your style of eating is difficult. I gradually made the transition over six months, which still continues to improve today. One thing that helped was when I started eliminating sandwiches and substituted lower calorie and lower carbohydrate, wraps. Then I got excited about wrap spreads. I realized that for me, a plant-based diet made me feel my best and lose weight pretty easily. Although you’ll find lots of great recipes with soups and pastas, dairy, and eggs, you can use these as you transition to healthier eating.
It takes time for your taste buds to change:
I try to do my best. Not that I didn’t have some diet buster high-calorie desserts , especially cookies and cupcakes. I once ate an entire bag of Pepperidge Farms macadamia nut cookies, which can happen if you feel too deprived. So, I learned much smaller portion sizes, regular meals, and some minimal snacking was also critical to my success.
The bottom line…
I hope you’ll be inspired to cook, eat, and live healthier! Mostly, I hope you’ll find among these recipes what you need to inspire your own good health! I’ve worked hard to create these recipes to taste really great! No matter where your diet is starting from, you’ll find the right type of recipe to improve your diet among these pages! Thanks for visiting!
Linda Davis, 26 Seasons Ct., Madera, California 93637
Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your story and comments! Please feel free to contact me, I’m always thrilled to hear of your struggles and successes! Best of luck in your journey!