#62: She’s One Part Plant. Our Chat is One Hundred Parts Awesome! with Jessica Murnane

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This guest is my sister from another mister, a woman with another catchy business name that has the word plant in it, a wearer of the coolest hats ever, literally and also figuratively because she wears super stylish hats on her head but also wears the hat of podcast host, second podcast host (she has 2 podcasts), cookbook author, mom, wife, stage 4 endometriosis thriver, and proudly: my friend. You know I’m talking about Jessica Murnane. If you don’t already know Jessica’s work, or vegan, gluten free chocolate chip cookies, you’re probs about to fall in love with her – and them. I should probably tell you actual biography stuff — Jessica is the founder of One Part Plant, a movement dedicated to helping peeps not party in their plants…that’s my thing, but eat one plant-based meal a day. Equally as cool. She’s the host of the One Part Podcast, The Cookbook Deal Podcast and she’s the author of the must-have plant-cookbook, called – you guessed it, One Part Plant.


This episode is sponsored by my bff’s Amazing Grass who just became even MORE amazing by launching some new amazing ELIXIRS. (If you’re wondering, the true definition is “a magical or medicinal potion.”) Amazing grass’ 3 new organic medicinal potions (which come in packets or tubs as per their usual) are crafted to support your beauty, your brain and your belly. I’m a personally humungo fan of their brain elixir which has my beloved matcha in it plus my also beloved MACA among a bunchA other carefully chosen ingredients which work together to keep your focus IN CHECK.
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SPARKNOTES:

Just like moi, Jessica was diagnosed with IBS! But unlike moi, she did not have it.

She later found out that has stage 4 endometriosis which = a reproductive disorder when the tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus and can grow onto other parts of the body. Gross. And painful. 1/10 woman have it, and it takes an average of 10 years and 8 doctors for a woman to be diagnosed with endo!

(Symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, painful sex, peeing all the time, not able to hold urine, heavy period, blood clots, digestive issues, INFERTILITY…)

Many women who have endometriosis have NO IDEA, btw.

So, what led Jessica to the plants?

Her friend realized just how REAL her health problem was for her. She literally said to Jessica – “Chronic pain can become your personality.” OY.

So her friend sent her a link about how plant-based diets could help with endo (this was 7 years ago when plant-based wasn’t as much of a “thing”).

At the time, Jessica was eating candy, not cooking, Lean Cuisine, etc. but fast forward 7 years, and she did not get a hysterectomy and wrote a plant-based cookbook!

During her journey into plant-based life, candy was the last to go. And for the first two weeks, she ate corn tortillas with salsa for lunch every day – and it made her feel WAY better.

So, how did she go from celebrating making salsa to creating a COOKBOOK?(A truly amazing cookbook, at that. Not just saying it!) → Well, her recipes are simple. Like me, she doesn’t want to take the time to make complicated recipes.

Her favorite recipe from her book right this second? Chocolate chip cookies and the lasagna!

I love how Jessica’s in-laws were previously skeptical about Jessica feeding him all plant-based – but now they are the biggest advocates of this approach! I also love how she doesn’t FORBID unhealthy food, she just tells her son Sid “it’s not bad food, just something we don’t eat.”

Her favorite plant to eat: A green apple (like me)!!!

Her most used kitchen tool: Her blender.

Her favorite plant-party restaurant: Botanica in LA and Huriyaly in Charleston

A book besides her own that has inspired her in some way: Clean Food by Terry Walters who I spoke to in this podcast interview! and make her tempeh nuggets in this video!

GET YOUR ONE PART PLANT ON!

Jessica’s Website | Her Cookbook | One Part Podcast | The Cookbook Deal Podcast | Know Your Endo

 

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