Over ten years ago, my mother and I stumbled upon a book by the name of “Skinny B****,” by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. Deeply disturbed by the treatment of animals in the environments of factory farming and slaughterhouses, we switched to plant-based diets. Living hours from each other, it seemed that we were left to our own devices in the process of making sense of this new journey. It was concerning for me in the beginning because I was unfamiliar with a lot of plant-based ingredients and I held the misconception that this new diet would not be healthy or enjoyable. Grocery shopping was a real chore and I learned to keep an open mind! I remember telling my doctor about my decision and he was alarmed. He could neither pronounce “vegan,” nor understand why I would make such a radical change. I came to understand that few health care professionals have significant training in nutrition and that I was on my own at the time. I made sure that I took a multivitamin and added a daily, 2,500 mcg, B12 supplement in the form of cyanocobalamin. I excitedly stayed the course and, before long, my doctor was a believer, too.
What followed was a barrage of books in my desperation for insight. I read every book I could find, especially books penned by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Thomas Campbell, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Terry Shintani, Dr. John McDougall, and more. I am grateful for their writings as they gave me considerable faith and understanding at the beginning of my journey. I have relayed facts from these knowledgeable professionals and doing so has influenced countless individuals to change to plant-based diets.
I studied Plant-Based Nutrition at Cornell University because it was a continuation of my quest for knowledge about nutrition and health. I would like to commend all of you for having the courage to explore this lifestyle because it can be frightening to deviate from what we have been led to believe is the healthy normal.
I am absolutely ecstatic every time I meet someone who is following a plant-based diet or someone who is interested in switching to the diet. It is with great enthusiasm that I love helping others and I welcome anyone and everyone to connect with me. I would like to assist and encourage those who are just starting out because I know how daunting the first few months were for me.
My life changed for the best over ten years ago, and I have not looked back even once! It is my hope that the same will be true for you.
Danica De La Mora