Friday, November 4, 2016

Cleveland Area Screening of Food Choices Documentary and Expert's Panel

Just a head's up that PlantBasedCLE is hosting a screening of the new Food Choices documentary on Sunday, November 13th at 4 pm at the Scott Auditorium at MetroHealth Medical Center, 2500 Metrohealth Dr, Cleveland, OH 44109.

Join award-winning filmmaker Michal Siewierski as he goes on a three-year journey to expose the truth about our food choices. This ground-breaking documentary explores the impact that food choices have on people’s health, the health of our planet and on the lives of other living species. And also discusses several misconceptions about food and diet, offering a unique new perspective on these issues. Featuring interviews with 28 world-renowned experts, including Dr. T Colin Campbell, Joe Cross, Dr. John McDougall, Capitan Paul Watson, Dr. Pam Popper, Dr. Michael Greger, Rich Roll, Dr. Richard Oppenlander, Dr. Toni Bark and several others. This film will certainly change the way you look at the food on your plate.

The screening of Food Choices will be followed by a live panel discussion/Q&A session with the following experts:

Monday, October 31, 2016

Reader Advice Day: Question about Food Choice Guilt, Part I

Hey guys, it's been a long time since my last post. I hope that you are all doing really, really well with your food and your life in general. If you are struggling, I'm happy to provide you with all of the support that I can. E-mail any questions to be featured here on the blog to

Just a short update on my situation before I move on to the reader question today. I don't know if you will be surprised or not, but I have moved on from a UWL/Starchivore diet and I am experimenting with other WFPB dietary patterns. I don't want to go into all of the details right here, right now, but I will tell you that I felt like I needed a change both physically and emotionally and that I am very, very happy with where I am right now.

I have learned A TON more incredible stuff about food addiction and how to live my best life and I am feeling phenomenal. One of my favorite lessons that I picked up lately is that just because something is good for you for a while doesn't mean that it is going to work for you forever, as difficult as change may be. Some things are for a lifetime, but some things are simply for a season. And that's OKAY. It's okay to recognize that you are stuck somewhere that you no longer belong and that you need and want to move on. So with that, I will tell you that the UWL/Starchivore diet was great for me while it lasted, but that it was best for me to move on. I'm as committed as I ever have been to maintaining being sugar and flour free and also to a whole food, plant based diet. Those things quite possibly might last for my lifetime, but I certainly can't predict the future with 100% certainty anymore.

And now onto today's important question.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Reader Advice Day: Question About Fullness

Last week I received the following e-mail. Since the topic of this correspondence has been brought to my attention many times in the past few years, I really wanted to discuss it here with you and of course, ask for everyone's input!

Here is the question:

"Good afternoon, Wendy! I hope this finds you peaceful and well. Thank you for the honesty and candor of your blog. I really appreciate it.

When you have a moment, I do have a question for you. How does a person manage on this type of diet when one feels like an empty, bottomless pit even after eating volumes of food? Lol! Like, this morning I ate easily two pounds of vegetables (a mix of spinach, green beans, and butternut squash) steamed with a little salt and nutritional yeast on it. I threw a half-cup of garbanzo beans on top of that and then ate an apple, too. I was still hungry so I ate a rice cake, too. I'm not joking when I say that my plate of breakfast weighed at least a couple of pounds. Now, I just ate my lunch---- a large amount of brown rice with green beans and a mix of eggplant and roasted peppers on top with a large sweet potato and two smaller white potatoes. Put a small amount of soy sauce and salt on this. Again, my lunch was heavy--- you could use my lunch box as an arm weight and get a workout! Lol. The crazy thing is, as I sit here writing this, I still feel so so damned hungry. I mean, what the hell? Lol. I wonder if it could be caused by caffeine--- I'm embarrassed to write how much tea and coffee I drink in a day (lol). Maybe that's it? And I know that salt isn't necessarily a good thing but I just can't seem to kick it.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Do You Have a Favorite Podcast?

Lately I have been really into two things:

1. The soundtrack to Hamilton.

I am embarrassingly late to this party, but I just have to admit it publicly and move on. I am obsessed. Crazy, madly in love with the music and the lyrics of this musical. I finally broke down and bought the CDs when I listed to an interview with the composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, on an episode of Michael Ian Black's podcast "How to Be Amazing" and I haven't been the same since.

2. Podcasts.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Should You Call Yourself a Food Addict?

If you've been around these parts for a while, you are probably familiar with the term "food addict."

For a pretty long while I've been very comfortable using that term to describe myself, or more accurately, using the term "processed food addict."

But I've witnessed many people in the community who are very bothered by these terms. At first, I kind of blew off their opinions, but recently I've had a chance to really think about their reservations.

I started to toy with the idea of dropping the label for myself, based on some reading that I've been doing (Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth) and working with the concept of The Law of Attraction (inspired by our work in the HGK private book club with the book The 30-Day Sobriety Solution by Dave Andrews and Jack Canfield).

I'm not saying that I have the answers, I'm just saying that I think this is a conversation I need to be engaged in.

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