Duffy’s WFPB Journey — July 2016

Pineapple[Note from Jane: This is the latest in a series by Duffy, who went whole food, plant-based late in 2013 with the goal of losing over 200+ pounds. To see previous posts, click Duffy Chronicles.]

Dear Duffy Readers,

As we have just surpassed the midpoint of 2016, I am reminded that its time for an update on my Word of Wisdom journey. Here are a few things of note:

  • I graduated! I earned by Ed.D. in Leading and Learning with an emphasis in Neuroeducation in May 2016 from the University of Portland so I’m now “Dr. Duffy.”
  • I have continued to participate in the Lifestyle Transformation food addiction recovery program and found that there is great benefit in addressing how I have learned to protect myself and how I mismanage my emotions by turning to food.
  • I reached about 94 pounds lost before I took a page from my friend Jessica’s blog and “threw away the scale.” Actually, I recognized that the number on the scale was partially driving an unhealthy relationship with food so I asked a friend to keep it at her home for 3 months this summer while I attend to how my body feels when I eat certain foods.
  • I’ve recently found that processed foods and fast food do not satisfy—emotionally or physically—and frequently contain a chemical-laden, oily and unpleasant taste. I consider this to be a blessing of the Word of Wisdom as my tastes are changing toward a preference for whole, natural foods.

  • As I’m growing my first-ever garden in a raised bed in a community garden plot, I just love the fact that the Lord blessed the fruit of plants both above ground and in the ground to be good for our food! (see D&C 89:16)
  • I recently read a quote which said that “Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you ate.” I’ve been enjoying semi-regular exercise for the past couple of months and have witnessed a shift in my mindset to appreciate what my body can do, surely a blessing of the Word of Wisdom (see D&C 89:20).

Thank you for sharing in my journey! Next update: end of 2016.

Love & Blessings,




  1. Duffy shows courage in facing challenges such as food addiction and obsessing about weight. I continue to be inspired by her dedication to her goal and to overcoming challenges as they arise. There is a lot more happening here than just weight loss!

  2. I wondered what happened to you and am glad to hear you are still on the path to wellness. Congratulations for completing such a huge goal as finishing a doctorate degree. I’m impressed with both successes.

  3. Duffy, I too congratulate you on having earned a doctorate as well as having advanced significantly toward wellness! May the Lord continue to bless you abundantly!

  4. Duffy – What an amazing accomplishment! You are so impressive. And it’s an exciting new adventure to plant and grow your own food. Keep up the great work!

  5. I was hooked by your story! Could you please tell me where I can learn more about neuroeducation? What it is and how do I learn more about it? I am extremely interested in the field of neuro-science and I am trying to decide what to study in college. Thank you for sharing your story with me.

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