I recently kicked off a blog series to explore each of my 5 pillars of wellness—being mindful about what you’re eating, drinking and thinking, and how you’re resting and renewing—on a deeper level and how they’re tied to your overall health. And today we’re going to talk about the eating pillar!

This pillar is close to my heart because it was the first stop on my own wellness journey. After I was diagnosed with stage IV cancer, I knew that my diet (which consisted mostly of fake and fast food, ramen noodles, ice cream and salty takeout) HAD to change.

My diet seemed like an obvious place to start back then, because it felt like something I had more control over. I sure as heck wasn’t tuned into the other pillars yet—that came later.

Once I got that life-changing news and decided to take action, I started researching how to eat to literally save myself. And the more I investigated, the more I realized that the answer was very simple. One-word-simple, in fact. Plants.

So, I headed straight for the produce aisle.
You might know by now that I’m vegan, but that’s not really what the eating pillar is all about. It’s about recognizing that you have this beautiful, delicate inner terrain, and how you care for it defines how you’re gonna feel. That means listening to your body and choosing to put stuff on your plate that makes you feel GOOD, not bloated, depleted and unwell.

But guess what? You don’t have to be vegan to get value from this article, experience optimum well-being or be part of our community—all are welcome here! But I do know that a plant-based diet is by far one of the healthiest options out there, so I’m going to let you in on some of the reasons I chose this lifestyle and the countless benefits I’ve seen. Also, if you’re new to veganism and wondering exactly HOW to eat a plant-based diet, I’ve got some insider tips to help you get started (and be successful!).

But first, grab this free gift to transform your diet and overall wellness with small daily steps!

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