GETTING HEALTHY WITH MAMASEZZ I couldn't do this without you

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BRATTLEBORO — Since I announced two weeks ago I was going to start the MamaSezz Four-Week Challenge (I initially called it the 30-Day Challenge; my bad), I have received a lot of encouragement from readers of and contributors to the Reformer.

Your thanks and your support are greatly appreciated. In addition, Meg Donahue and Lisa Lorimer, the founders of MamaSezz, have been incredible.

I have quickly learned that they are not just selling a product, but are sincerely concerned about the health and well-being of their customers.

I hope I don't disappoint those folks, but it's been my own experience that I don't stick to these sort of life-style changes for long. Nonetheless, these past two weeks have been a little easier than I expected.

Much of that is due to having ready-to-eat, plant-based meals that only need a little heating and the 25 pages of suggested meal recipes that comes along with the Four-Week Challenge. Those meals have been incredibly filling and the smoothie recipes are just the thing I need when I get a craving for something sweet.

One thing I have done is flip the menu, though. I have a hearty breakfast of one of the dinner meals or a hot cereal with fruit, chia seeds and flax. then I snack all day on things such as apples, carrots and hummus.

When I get home, I blend up a smoothie and because the Four-Week Challenge is flexitarian, I don't feel guilty if I finish off dinner with three or four pieces of bacon or a couple of ounces of cheese wrapped in some deli ham.

In addition to the aforementioned folks who have congratulated and supported me, I couldn't do this without my family. My wife, Becky, and our boy, Gus, are both excited about having new, delicious food in the house and the change they have seen in me.

I have been more energetic and, as a result, have found more emotional and physical resources to spend time with a 5-year-old child and to do things around the house.

As Lorimer said to me earlier this week when I stopped in for a food pick-up, "You look better, clearer."

I feel clearer, but it would be disingenuous for me to insist that the changes are solely due to being more aware of my nutritional needs.

Yes, I am sure a switch to consuming mostly plant-based foods has a lot to do with it, but, as I have noted previously, I have struggled with depression most of my life, and it's hard to determine whether an uptick in my mood and in my energy level are due to dietary changes or is just the top end of one of my cycles.

Time will tell, I guess.

And next week I will submit myself to my first official weight check since I started this diet. I feel as if I have been losing weight, but feelings and reality are two different things.

If you would like to learn more about MamaSezz and its Four-Week Challenge, visit mamasezz.com or find MamaSezz on Facebook.

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 160. Follow him on Twitter @audette.reformer.

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