About Forkful of Love
Here we will share with you our journey to health and happiness, following a whole food, plant-based diet. Joining the plant-based movement and discovering vital health, illness prevention, and healing is possible for EVERYONE. We strongly encourage you to review the research provided by the health professionals in our Resources section.
The goal of our blog is to demonstrate how the average person can execute on a plant-based lifestyle and apply new knowledge and recipes to a routine. Among other things, we will provide our outcomes as we try recipes from the professionals, create our own using real time for people with busy schedules, and dish on where you can find the best healthy products.
It does not matter where you live, the city or the country, it is not important if you are discovering this information in your 20s or your 80s. There is nothing to give up, only a lot to gain from a plant-based diet that focuses on eating fresh, whole foods from the earth. With new cells created everyday, our bodies are always changing. The opportunity to begin is always ripe.
We are not full-time chefs, nutritionists, or health professionals, but we have experience living the plant-based way, and we feel wonderful!
Although we both came to this diet through the work of different authors, the diet that we follow together today is a whole foods plant-based diet supported by the large body of research by Dr. T. Colin Campell and others featured in the wonderful documentary, Forks Over Knives, or noted on our Resources page.
What is the Diet?
We focus on eating mostly plants! This includes fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, and excludes meat and dairy*. We try our best to be oil-free and sugar-free (referring to refined sugar) and avoid highly processed foods that include ingredients we cannot pronounce or recognize, or already know to be dangerous (i.e., "bleached" flour).**
*This is not to say you cannot enjoy our blog, resources, or improve your health if you choose to eat meat or dairy. Perhaps you are Flexitarian, transitioning to a healthier diet, or just love veggies! Only you can decide how you feel best. Reading, learning, trial and error, is how we got here too!
But we prefer to define our diet by what we DO eat instead of what we do not. What we DO eat is the key. We have experienced these to be miracle healers, energy builders, skin purifiers, weight melt-ers, and might we say, some tasty devils - PLANTS! Here are some of our favorites, but this list is vast and not limited to:
- Fruits: lemons, bananas, apples, pears, mangoes, all of the berries, oranges, papaya, cherries, tomato, avocado
- Vegetables: lettuce, kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, beans, beets, sprouts, mushrooms, squashes, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, eggplant
- Nuts and seeds: chia, fax, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds
- Whole grains: brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats
All of these foods have many different types. There is always something new to try.
We eat and buy organic whenever possible and avoid harmful chemicals in cosmetic and household products.
It our goal to provide you with as much resources as possible as we outline our journey. In this blog you will hear from two voices, a mother/daughter duo who come from very different generations and live in different environments. Combining forces, we make it possible for anyone to find access to resources to find the best food and the best life in any area or stage of life.
To your health!
Janet and Lacey
Lacey is Janet's daughter. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her boyfriend, Scott. It is ironic that her home is a converted schoolhouse, because it is now her center for health-related studies. Besides devouring all of the information in books around plant-based diets, she also makes green smoothies, salads, and plant-based entrees all from her tiny kitchen. Lacey holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies in conjunction with Cornell University. A green drink centered detoxifying diet developed by nutritionist, Kimberly Snyder, changed her life in 2013 when she read the Beauty Detox Solution. The book lead her to T. Colin Campbell's The China Study, books from his contemporaries, and eventually his certificate program. In the process, she has discovered a more happy, healthy, and true self, and reversed a lifetime struggle with digestive illlness. Lacey's goal is eating and living to be her best possible self. She maintains a regular yoga practice, and enjoys hiking in New York State, volunteering at Prospect Park, time with family and friends, travel, reading, and her job in Manhattan.
Lacey Around the Web
Janet is Lacey's mother. She is "Mom" to two adult children and lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband of 30 years, Adam, who is also plant-based. It is not uncommon for Janet to be sharing nutritional yeast or nontoxic beauty brands with her friends at work. She was inspired by Dr. Joel Furhman's book Eat to Live and began experimenting with a nutrient-rich diet around the time that her daughter was starting to practice veganism. She and her husband had formerly followed Anthony Robbins' Optimal Health plan and knew that good, clean foods had the power to be life-changing. After emergency gallbladder surgery took her by surprise in 2013, she realized that although she had a wonderful surgeon, the medical industry did not provide her with information on what caused the problem or how to prevent similar issues. Janet had a full recovery. She now starts her day with a fresh green juice of kale, blueberries, ground flaxseed, bananas, and almond milk, reigns as queen of healthy snacks and stews, and melted off 60 lbs. Her inspirations include the Forks Over Knives documentary and The China Study.