My name is Susan Mahoney and I am 51 years old. For the last four years, I have eaten an almost 100% plant-based diet. If someone would have told me four years ago that I would be a dedicated plant-based eater, I'm sure I would have laughed in their face. Like many people, I was addicted to junk food. Empty, high-calorie treats, such as fast food burgers, ice cream, and full-sugar soft drinks were among my favorites. One morning, after a particularly bad night of eating too much junk and getting quite sick, I decided to make a drastic change. I tried a plant-based diet and I've never looked back. I receive many benefits from eating this way. One of the biggest advantages is weight control. I have lost quite a bit of weight and, more importantly, I have been able to keep the weight off. Another unexpected advantage is that my allergy-related eczema cleared up after I changed my diet.
Another benefit is that I rarely count calories. In a typical day, I have as many apples, bananas, broccoli, carrots, brown rice and potatoes as I want without any weight gain. It's so nice not to worry about portion size or calorie counting. I just try to stick to simple, whole, plant based foods and I eat until I’m full.
I eat a mostly fruit - usually a couple apples, a couple bananas, or a combination of fruits.
I slice potatoes into wedges and bake them, along with some steamed broccoli and carrots.
I like to make combinations of black beans and brown rice. I also like the whole Engine 2 brand and I’ll sometimes have one of these meals. I really like the Engine 2 black bean burger on Ezekiel Bread.
Usually include strawberries, grapes, blueberries, or pineapples.