My name is Jamie Lee Ann Whetmore, currently living in Wichita, Kansas. I am mother to a dynamic, energizing, stunning, wonder boy, Desi. Married to a handsome, talented, wonderful man, Eric. And have 3 beautiful and unique pets. I’ve got words to say, things to share.
Things that make me glow:
Books/Reading – cookbooks, children’s books, fiction, graphic novels, non-fiction, art, photography
Performing – Singing, Acting, Speaking
Eating colorful foods
Poetry (Writing and Reading)
Laughter & being silly
Pets and Animals
Deep and unusual conversations
I am on a journey of constant reinvention, self-love, and acceptance.
Renewing my whole self myself physically, mentally, emotionally is my lifestyle.
But I haven’t always made my Self a priority.
At the age of 23 I decided to turn it all around.
Finding myself morbidly obese, depressed, with a list of ailments and on 5 prescription medications. I was sick of it all. Feeling hopeless, like I was setup to fail, doomed to a life of illness and early death from the symptoms of obesity and no doubt diabetes. I was hypoglycemic. I suffered from irregular menses and had ovarian cysts. I had to teach myself how to make my health a priority. I started researching and filling my mind with as much information as I could. I read books, visited endless forums, watched as many documentaries as I could get my hands on, browse and digest the internet the best I could. Using the skills I had honed in college and school on quality research. I learned how the body works and what it does with certain foods. I figured out that my body doesn’t know how to digest grains, especially wheat. So I took those out to see how I’d feel. Slowly I gave up the foods that left me feeling tired, sluggish, sick and crampy. Questioning our dependency on animals as food, and I phased out consuming their meat and milk. I learned which foods serve my body well, what foods make it function easily and optimally. Then I began to eat as much of those foods as I could. Incorporating green smoothies into my daily routine was a game-changer. Turns out the body loves fruits, tender greens and vegetables and lots of them. I was afraid of fruit because of what we had all heard about sugar and fructose. I started to question those beliefs and trusted nature. I’m glad I did. I consistently started losing weight. Lots of it. Over the span of 1.5 years I lost 100 lbs. Yes, ONE HUNDRED. With little to no exercise. Seriously. I didn’t have a set weight or clothing size goal. I just wanted to feel healthy, not sick and overweight. I figured out a golden nugget of life:
FOOD MATTERS. You really are what you eat.
I’m into eating food, in abundance and to my hearts (err, stomachs) content. I eat tons of fruit, and lots of greens and veggies. I consume a small portion of nuts and seeds. I eat grain free as best I can. I also avoid: wheat (grain), corn (another grain that people tend to call a vegetable), soy, dairy, meat, beans and legumes. Sounds restrictive to some. It’s not I promise!! Reference above where I said the word “abundance”. I’ve GAINED so much more than I’ve lost. And I lost a hundred pounds, bad habits and damaging perspectives.
During and after these diet changes I experienced symptoms of detoxification. My body and mind was and still is releasing toxins, old wounds, out-dated emotions. This can happen and it is challenging, but it is better to have these things be brought up to the surface, processed and released. They do not serve me anymore I don’t wish to carry old crap around when I’m trying to realize the joyful, loving person I know that I am.
I believe there are many facets of life that make up a healthy, whole life besides what we put in our mouths. Some of these include: moving our bodies, meditation, yoga, stretching, fresh air, being in nature (feet upon earth, skin under the sun, hands in the dirt), healthy relationships, peace in our hearts, skin contact, having FUN, laughter, new knowledge, open minds, open hearts, and LOVE.
There. That’s a chunk of my story. Do you have a story to share? Have you discovered the healing power of plants? Are you interested in a plant-based lifestyle or simply introducing more fruits and veggies into your life? Let’s talk about it in the comments.