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We are what we eat – not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Derek Rydall

Last night I cooked a pot of potatoes to let cool because they develop resistant starch which is good for our gut buddies. My son told me about a couple who started their health journey at a weight of 800 lbs between them. Jessica and Brian started out with a two-week potato diet. They started June 2018 and if you want to see their progress look up The Krocks on YouTube. Then they moved from potatoes to a whole food plant-based diet.

They have a video on the anniversary of starting the diet where they go back to Trader Joe’s and buy potatoes. They are standing in the same spot a year apart having lost about 270 lbs between them. This is the first time they ate potatoes since the two week potato diet.

Potatoes get a bad rap. Many diet books tell us to stay away from potatoes. Dad used to say he felt weak if he didn’t have potatoes. What if potatoes are one of the healthiest foods we can eat?

Jessica and Brian think they needed the two-week potato diet to clean up their system so they could embark on their whole food eating plan.  One of the things it probably did was make them not feel deprived when they could have fruit, chili, salad, and other whole plant-based foods after eating nothing but plain potatoes for two whole weeks. They prep their salad for dinner ahead of time; they make their lunches for work. One of the problems we often make is we don’t start hunting for something to eat until we are hungry, then we eat whatever we find.

When we eat mindfully, we consume exactly what we need to keep our bodies, our minds, and the Earth healthy. When we practice like this, we reduce suffering for ourselves and for others. Nhat Hanh

We can set ourselves up for failure, or we can set ourselves up for success. They’ve set themselves up for success, and by doing it on YouTube they’ve gained a lot of followers and built-in support and accountability.

If you’re starting to waver on your New Year’s resolution of getting healthier check out The Krocks. It is inspiring watching two people get their health back, one day at a time.

A trip to the store may be in order to buy the fixings for a big salad for dinners for the rest of the week. Yesterday was a fast day and for dinner, I had a salad, and lentil soup with kale before going to the gym.

Fast days are getting easier. Twenty-four hours is not that long, and if you do it from dinner to dinner there is no going to bed hungry which would be hard.

Getting my gut buddies healthy is one of my main goals. Dr. Gundry says we are basically a condominium for the bacteria that live within us. If we have good bacteria they keep us healthy. If we let bad bacteria take over we get run down, sick, and develop the diseases we are all afraid of.

It is possible to live healthy to a ripe old age. I’ve watched Mom do it. What we eat is a big part of it. Drinking kombucha every day is now one of my practices. Stretching by doing a few sun salutations in the morning keeps me limber. Most of the time we eat whole plant-based food.

If we are lucky we get old, can we be vital, healthy, and energetic? Is this the year to take our health into our own hands and let our gut buddies do a renovation?

We are what we repeatedly eat. Healthy eating then, is not an act, but a habit. Unknown

If we keep doing what we’re doing. We’re going to keep getting what we’re getting. Stephen Covey

The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. Ann Wigmore

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