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Meg Wolff

One-legged, two-time survivor, healthy cook

Meg Wolff, a two-time cancer survivor and healthy food expert/promoter, lives in Maine. She’d like people to better understand how important a role healthy food plays in our lives. A longtime junk food junkie, Meg learned about this the hard way, and tries to make it easier for others to get this all-important message. <br /> <br /> When Meg was 33, with an infant daughter and 4-year-old son, bone cancer required her leg to be amputated. She picked herself up, moved on with life, and then … wham! Seven years later, she was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. After a mastectomy, chemo and radiation, doctors told her the cancer would be back within a year. <br /> <br /> Meg had run out of other choices when she fortuitously learned that a plant-based diet might help her. Rather than follow her doctors’ advice to “make her peace with God,” Meg replaced everything unhealthy in her diet with whole grains, beans and vegetables. And … she started seeing fast improvements. As each month passed, she got healthier and stronger. Now 52, Meg continues to eat healthy, and has been cancer-free for nearly 12 years. <br /> <br /> Meg’s first book "Becoming Whole" is the book she wishes had existed when she was going through her cancer fights. It tells her compelling story, explains the science behind a plant-based diet, and includes meal plans, recipes and tons of resources. <br /> <br /> Meg’s first cookbook, "A Life in Balance: Healthy Recipes from Maine," will be published this fall by Down East Books. A variety of friends (famous and not-so famous) contributed to the book, including Olympic gold medalist and fellow Mainer Joan Benoit Samuelson, author/life coach Kathy Freston, Physicians for Responsible Medicine President Dr. Neal Barnard and NBA great John Salley. <br /> <br /> Meg is now focusing on a second cookbook about easy 30-minute (or quicker!) healthy meals. Her website (<a href="http://www.megwolff.com/" target="_hplink">megwolff.com</a>) is full of helpful information, as is her blog (<a href="http://www.becomingwhole2.com" target="_hplink">becomingwhole2.com</a>). Meg lectures around the country, offers healthy lifestyle counseling and still teaches cooking classes. This summer, for example, Meg is doing a series of classes for Cole-Haan.