About Me

Michelle ML Trent

I am the daughter of farmers.  As a little girl, I have memories of going to the butcher shop with my family and coming home with ice chests full of every cut of meat imaginable.  Evening dinners in our home consisted of meat, potato, vegetable, salad, and a glass of milk.  We felt confident we were eating a balanced diet and knew that every meal should contain all of those food groups. 

Although I ate well as a child at home, in college and through my twenties and most of my thirties I admit I ate (what I would now call) junk.  I always had snacks in my pantry at home and ate out frequently with friends.  My favorite foods were pizza, hamburgers, steaks, and creamy soups.  I loved baked goods.  I couldn’t get out of Wegmans without a box of their chocolate chip cookies in my basket. 

I still ate what I thought was a balanced diet of lean meats, vegetables, potatoes, cereals, fruits, and dairy every day.  I also ate a salad most days for lunch.  So, what if I ate out on occasion and had pizza, or a hamburger, or steak?  Doesn’t everyone?  I looked at what a lot of people my age were eating and I believed I was eating healthier.  There’s this old adage “everything in moderation.”  We all believe this is true, right?  A little bit won’t hurt you?


Beginning at age 30 I developed issues with chronic pain and sought out medical help as well as alternative therapies.  I had chronic low back pain, painful arthritic joints, and migraines.  Also my energy level was low and later in my thirties I had difficulty concentrating at work, especially in the afternoons. 

How could I be experiencing all of these aches and pains at such a young age?!  I felt like an old lady and was tired all of the time.  I tried different drugs prescribed by my doctor, also acupuncture, herbs, physical therapy, etc.  Some of the things I tried didn’t work at all.  Other things had a temporary effect.  None of the things I tried had the most profound effect on my health as a change in my diet did.

We all have heard “you are what you eat.”  I didn’t fully understand this statement until several weeks on a plant-based diet.  The “moderation” in my former diet was killing me.

 

So, it has become my life’s mission to share what I have learned about the impact of food on individuals’ health and well-being.  I have spent years educating myself on the scientific research on the connection between food and its impact on pain, inflammation, auto-immune diseases, aging, etc.  Food especially has an impact on the leading killers of Americans: the chronic diseases of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. 

I’ve taken a personal journey of challenging what I believed was a well-balanced, healthy way of eating, unlearning it, and literally transforming my taste for food.


Now that I am in my 40s, I am tangible proof of the benefits of a plant-based diet.  So what results did I experience?  I no longer suffer from chronic pain in any form.  No back pain, no joint pain, no more migraines!  My skin is clearer, my hair is shinier, my brain is back to multi-tasking, and I’m as quick-witted as I was at age 24.  Also, I went from 132 lbs. size 8 to 115 lbs. size 4.  (I’m 5’5” tall.)  I never intended on losing weight when I switched to a plant-based eating plan.  It just happened to be a side effect!  All the extra fat I was carrying in my belly, my thighs, and my butt that I thought was a natural part of women’s aging – GONE!  No more flab!  I lost this extra fat through diet; I did not increase my exercising one bit!


So, how did I get to where I am today?  A good friend of mine recommended Dr. Joel Fuhrman and his book “Eat To Live.”  I read it and embarked on a journey of diet transition that took me about two years.  Dr. Fuhrman recommends various books and one of them is “The China Study.”  It wasn’t until I read this detailed book about scientific studies linking diet to disease that I had my “Ah Ha!” moment. 

In the back of The China Study book Campbell cites a certificate program through Cornell University called Plant-based Nutrition.  I completed Cornell's certificate program in September 2011.  This program along with the movie Forks Over Knives gave visibility and credibility to the term “Plant-based Nutrition.” 

I highly recommend that everyone read both The China Study and Eat To Live.  These books will change your life and the way you look at your relationship with food.

In January 2012 I completed Dr. Fuhrman’s program to become a Certified Nutritional Educational Trainer.

I also am a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer.  This enables me to combine my nutrition knowledge with newly gained fitness expertise to offer complete wellness coaching to my clients.

 

It is my hope that this entire website and blog will enable you to better understand my qualifications and give support to the food choice recommendations that I make.  Please know that I am appropriately credentialed by leading reputable organizations that are backed by years of scientific evidence to support the claim that a plant-based diet is the key to optimum human wellness.


Thanks for joining me on this journey of discovering the benefits of a plant-powered life!