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PYP 091: Heather Crosby on the Courage to Become Healthy

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When Heather Crosby found herself in poor health and, according to her doctors, destined to be on meds for the rest of her life, she decided to take her health into her own hands.

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She slowly and cautiously starting eating vegetables (for pretty much the first time in her life), eliminated dairy, and began noticing a profound cascading effect – the better she ate, the better she felt, and the more alive and joyful she felt.

But she wasn't satisfied with the lack of flavor, creativity, and pizazz in the vegan cookbooks of the last millennium. And so she applied her creative skills to the problem, and slowly began to crack the code of healthy, delicious cooking.

Heather is now a popular blogger at YumUniverse.com and author of a fabulous book, Yum Universe, that has opened my eyes to many things, including the wonders of mason jar salads-to-go. If you're looking for a joyful and empowering guide to reconfiguring your kitchen and changing your diet, I highly recommend it.

In our conversation, we cover:

  • the importance of courage and commitment when starting a health journey
  • the effects of decades of the Standard American Diet on her health
  • how getting hit by a car triggered her recovery
  • Heather's “guinea pig” approach to recovering her health
  • bonding over traumatic memories of lima beans
  • constructing vs “catching” disease
  • Heather’s introduction to healing vs symptom management
  • how a non-scientist can evaluate different diets without being an expert
  • the gluten and soy controversies
  • developing an informed relationship with food
  • the disappointing culinary options for a whole food, plant-based eater in the last millennium
  • seeing health as its own form of pleasure
  • the origins of YumUniverse.com as a binder of healthified family favorites
  • the problem with labeling ourselves as “vegan” or “paleo” or “vegetarian”
  • the wonders of salads and breakfasts to go
  • strategies for adding healthy foods to our diets
  • the Standard American Diet as a partner in an abusive, dishonest relationship
  • the visceral difference between the cereal aisle and the produce section
  • and much more…

Enjoy, add your voice to the conversation via the comment box below, and please share – that's how we spread our message and spread our roots.

Links

YumUniverse.com

Yum Universe on amazon

 

 

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