Hi- I am Terri Edwards, the blogger behind EatPlant-Based and a licensed Food for Life instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
My personal experience is that in 2012, at 45 years old, I was suffering from increasingly painful and swollen joints, as well as other health issues that had started around age 35 and were progressively worsening.
My mother has debilitating rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, vasculitis, neuropathy, and other health issues, and has been disabled since her 50’s. I was terrified I was heading down that same path.
After numerous doctor visits and blood tests with no answers, I decided to investigate nutritional options. My daughter recommended the Forks Over Knives documentary, which my husband and I watched on February 15, 2013, and became instant plant-based, whole food consumers.
Since that time, I’ve resolved my inflamed and painful joints, lowered my cholesterol from 220 to 141, dropped over 50 lbs., resolved adult acne that previously required prescription medication, and recovered from sleeping issues.
Sometimes I have to pinch myself to believe this is the same body I had just a few short years ago. Honestly feels like I traded the old one in for this newer model.
As exciting as the weight loss is, it pales in comparison to the health benefits I’ve experienced. The unseen is more powerful than the seen. This is freedom from sickness, and I’m so thankful!
My personal mission now is to promote this way of health in my community (and beyond) and hopefully see some lives changed, just like mine.
I live in North Carolina with my husband of 35 years. I have a degree in Business Administration, certification in Plant-Based Nutrition through eCornell/ Cornell University, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, and am licensed as a Food for Life instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Currently, I teach nutrition education and cooking classes at medical facilities and other venues in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina, as well as doing public speaking events.
My other passions include my faith and family, daily hiking with my German shepherd, and yoga. I used to be a federal and state-licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator.
I was dreading the Empty Nest Syndrome but have found that I’m excited for this next phase of life and the honor of helping others regain their life and health. FOOD IS MEDICINE!
Want to know more about me? Check out my About Page.