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Updated: Jul 4, 2020

I’m Simone and I’m married to Stephen. I’m originally from UK and my husband is from NZ. I’m a qualified Social Worker and trained in UK. I met Stephen in Birmingham in 2004 and we moved to NZ back in 2009 after we had our 1st son. We then went on to have 2 more children, another boy and a daughter in. We now live in beautiful Inglewood, Taranaki. I am fortunate that I have been able to stay at home with our children for the past 5 years.

We’ve been living a plant-based lifestyle for nearly 3 years now and we’re loving it. Well, the children and I are loving it. My husband misses meat and does eat it when he’s at work. I’m sure he sneaks in a pie once a week.

We changed our lifestyle for a number of reasons. Health, the environment and the animals. I was diagnosed with a condition called Sarcoidosis 11 years ago. It’s an auto immune disorder which causes inflammation. In my case it cause granulomas in my lungs and chest cavity. 3 years ago I found a lump in my breast. Turns out the Sarcoidosis has spread to all the lymph nodes in my body and the only things the doctors could do was to give me steroids.

After doing lots of research about my condition and finding out that there is no cure; I concluded that I needed to change my and my family’s’ diet and lifestyle.
Now I come from an African background where meat, starch and vegetables are the normal diet. I’ve eaten meat, dairy and animal products all my life, but I’ve known for a long time now that they aren’t that great for our health. I needed a reason to change my diet and my condition was it.  A good friend of mine had embarked on a similar journey, so she suggested some documentaries to watch to get me started. I have to say, these documentaries have changed my life! If you’d like to watch any, they are: What the Health, Forks over Knives, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and Cowspiracy.

What is the WFPB (whole foods plant-based) diet? Well if the food has a mum and dad don’t eat it! I love that phrase from Forks over knives. Whole foods are foods which haven’t been processed; the whole apple, the bean or grain. Plant based means food which comes from plants and not animals, so no meat, dairy, honey or eggs. Eating WFPB also avoids oils and refined sugars. We also avoid processed food and buy organic and local where possible.

Over the last 3 years, I have incorporated other habits to enhance my health. Things such as regular exercise, meditation, going to bed earlier and intermittent fasting. My condition has stabilized and I no longer have any symptoms. I lost a total of 8kgs within 3 months and I felt full of energy.

I have a passion for inspiring people to try more plant based foods and to see the impact diet has on our health. I love to share recipes and new products that support this lifestyle.

Whether you’re thinking about changing to this way of eating, converted already, want to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet or you just want more information come and join me.
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