Five years ago, my major food groups were as follows: Sour Patch Kids, Diet Coke, and Whatever Lean Cuisine Has Cheese On It. After years of unsuccessful diets and self-help books that didn’t work, I felt pretty low and not so good about myself. I didn’t think it was possible for me to have the willpower to become a truly healthy person.
I was also really sick. My endometriosis had gotten so severe that most days I could barely make it out of bed. It started to affect my work and my relationships. I tried everything I knew to get better. I had multiple surgeries, tried conventional pain-killers (and less-conventional, leafy ones), fancy yoga and not-so-fancy-yoga, and even therapy to help with the depression caused by the pain. Nothing worked. My doctors gave me one final solution – a hysterectomy.
Crazily enough, I was up for the surgery – I just wanted to feel good again. But then I got an email from a friend that changed my life forever. She sent me a link that outlined a diet plan designed to help with endometriosis pain. No meat. No dairy. No gluten. No sugar. No packaged foods. No alcohol. No fun.
Out of sheer desperation, I decided to try it. I really had nothing to lose. My inaugural meal on my new eating plan was a salsa taco. Literally, a corn tortilla topped with salsa. I didn’t cook, but I was really determined to try this crazy new lifestyle. And after a few weeks, my eyes started to open a little wider. The pain started to fade. I wanted to dance around my apartment again. I wasn’t as sad anymore. My husband said that I had “my sparkle back.” I never had to get that hysterectomy and have never looked back.
After I started feeling better, I decided to learn as much as I could about how good food can change lives. In 2012, I received a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation. And after years of being scared of the kitchen, I even started cooking. And after all my studies and personal gains, what have I learned? That change doesn’t have to be all or nothing…it’s about working through things one part at a time. Change isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to what’s on our plates. At first, it can be really f’n hard. It was for me. I cried, and I got angry. Sometimes wondered if it was worth it. But it is, and it gets easier and easier every single day. Until one day you wake up and it’s no longer something that you’re “trying,” it’s just something that you are.
In my past life, I owned a stationery brand, was a contributing editor at a magazine, ran a celebrity clothing line, opened a bar, and got to consult for some of the coolest restaurants and brands. And as awesome as that all sounds, I was never really happy and was always looking for my “thing.” It wasn’t until I created this site that I found it. This site right here, this is my thing. I’ve created a place to help you figure out how to feel your happiest and healthiest, so you can get your sparkle on, too.
Since launching this business in 2013, some pretty cool opportunities have come my way. I’ve spoken at Apple, contributed to some of my favorite websites, cooked on live TV, worked with some of my favorite chefs, and was even filmed for the new documentary Food Choices (to be released in 2015). I truly believe that I owe it all to the plants. Good food and good thinking changed my life. I’m hoping it can change yours, too.
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Just a Reminder: Jessica Murnane is not a physician or psychologist, and she can not diagnosis or treat specific illnesses or disorders. If you suspect you may have an ailment or illness that may require medical attention, you’re encouraged to consult with a licensed physician. Rather than discussing treatment of disease, Jessca Murnane focuses on wellness and prevention of illness through the use of natural nutritional therapies to achieve optimal health. As a T. Colin Campbell Foundation Certified Plant-Based Nutrition graduate, she primarily educates and motivates clients to discover a new perspective of wellness by adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle, and plant-based diet. While people generally experience greater health and wellness as a result of embracing a healthier attitude, lifestyle, and plant-based diet, Jessica Murnane does not promise or guarantee protection from future illness.
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