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Wrightsville Beach Magazine May 2013

riends Jennifer Williams, Elizabeth DeBiasi and Jill Sabourin, East diners and devotees of a plant-based diet, have found that while eliminating animal products from their pantries and refrigerators has been both a commitment and a process, it has not been one without rewards. Within the last few years, they have found that plant-based eating is not only a delicious way to live life, but one with powerful health benefits as well. Williams discovered plant-based eating after she was diagnosed with Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (a class of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) in 2008, which caused her to evaluate her eating habits, and also those of her husband, Guy, and their three daughters, Kendall, Katie Renn and Avery. A self-described perfectionist, Williams says the hardest thing was feeling like she could not control her own health. However, she saw plant-based eating as a way to take her well-being back into her own hands. “It was something I could process my energy toward,” Williams says. “I think back, and it is amazing how far I have come and what I have learned since 2008.” Williams describes the period as “a definite transformation for my family.” She has taken advantage of the vegan fine-dining opportunities at East, as well as a range of other For people who are resources, including a local CSA (community- voted Bestvegetarian Food unsure of where to supported agriculture) through Progressive Gardens. by encore magazine Even though her husband, Steve, has been a start with plant- Lovey’s vegetarian for many years, it was through Williams based eating, he that DeBiasi learned about vegan eating and encourages them Celebrating 10 Years decided to adopt it into her lifestyle, although like many people, it was not without a bit of Your LOCALto seek resources hesitation. and put forth Health Food Store “Actually, I love meat,” DeBiasi says, “so it really the effort and Café was for health.” and time Organic Produce and Groceries• Supplements Catering• Salad, Soup, Hot & Juice barsCafeDeBiasi, who works out regularly, had recently into learn- Health &Beauty Aids learned from her doctor that her cholesterol levels Wheat & Gluten-Free foods she decided to try plant-based eating, and purchased food preparation specials Country Life Supplements 25% offoff%2520off%New Chapter SupplementsAcure Skincareing new were elevated. Before taking prescription medication, a copy of “Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook,” by techniques. 910-509-0331 Del Sroufe, as a guide. Landfall Shopping Center • 1319 Military Cutoff Road DeBiasi reaps the benefits of plant-based eating www.loveysmarket.com without following a vegan diet 100 percent of the time. Her travels limit her vegan cation after only ten weeks of plant-based eating. THE 29TH ANNUAL- diet to about 80 percent, and she has lowered her cholesterol 30 points without medi “I travel on average every other week,” she says. “What I tend to do if I can’t eat vegan is still stick to clean eating.” To her, this means choosing fish instead of red or white meat, and always avoiding dairy. Like DeBiasi, Chef Lawson agrees that any amount of plant-based eating is June 8th beneficial when incorporated into the diet. 11am-4pm “You’re giving yourself the potential for a happier, healthier life when you think Order by May 24th about what you’re eating, rather than just consuming,” Lawson says. for Discount Price For people who are unsure of where to start with plant-based eating, he encour- Order Deadline June 6th ages them to seek resources and put forth the effort and time into learning new food Free delivery 15+ lobsters preparation techniques. Harbor Island “After a period of time, it becomes easy,” he says. Block Party Lawson points out that one of the key elements of accepting and succeeding with Visit our website to order online a new diet is finding foods that provide comfort, joy and satisfaction. Eating is, after cosepiscopal.ecdio.org all, about sustenance, happiness and pleasure. This is what inspired him to create his 910-473-1876 raw, vegan dishes for the spring 2013 menu at East. 71 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


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