Our story begins many years ago (about 35) in an exotic land far, far away (Arkansas) with a young woman (Caroline) in the throes of food addiction.
No matter what she did—psychotherapy, overeaters anonymous, hypnosis, antidepressant medications—she couldn’t kick the overwhelming urge to binge on bread, cheese, and sweets.
But then one day, she happened upon a copy of Joel Fuhrman’s book, Eat to Live, the Bible of high-nutrient eating. It took her about a year and a half, but as she began eating more fruits, veggies, beans, nuts, and seeds and less processed food, her binges subsided, and, more importantly, the desire to binge began to diminish and eventually disappeared altogether.
Meanwhile, Caroline’s long-time friend, Patty, was struggling to balance the demands of her life—husband, children, full-time job—with a desire to take better care of her body. Over the years, the pounds had crept on, and she was increasingly aware of the dangers of flour, sugar, cheese, meat, and oil on her long-term health.
Patty also has a family history of health problems linked to diets high in animal products and refined carbohydrates.
Caroline had been coaching people for several years on transitioning to a nutrient-rich diet, and she frequently encouraged Patty to incorporate more whole plant foods into her diet—particularly greens and beans—as the two walked their dogs on the windy beaches of Morro Bay, CA.