Living on Plants and Loving It

I’ve been a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, translator, and university administrator in Texas, Massachusetts, and Mexico. On July 9, I added great-grandmother to that resume. I have lived in Cancún, Mexico, since June, 2017. I’m always glad to hear from you!

After decades of eating meals planned around a main course of meat, I gave it up in July, 2019. My son, who had recently switched to plant-based eating, told me how his health had improved and hinted that I might feel better if I stopped eating meat. I thought I was doing pretty well for a grandmother of seven, but I had resigned myself to living with an annoying cough, aches and pains in my back and legs, decreasing energy and daily blood pressure medicine for the rest of my life.

On July 9, 2020, I added great-grandmother to my resume!

I decided to give it a shot. I immediately felt positive effects and found it surprisingly easy, even fun, to change my habits and explore new ways of enjoying food. Plant-based living describes lifetime habits rather than a temporary diet; it refers to things that I do rather than something that I am. It helps me focus and gives me the freedom to get back on track if I get off. I’m feeling so good, I don’t mind what you call me. I just want to share my experiences and hope you’ll do the same.

~ Mary Ann Lesh