After a lifetime farming, growing, harvesting and eating meat and milk, a health scare persuaded the author James Wilson and his wife Barbie to adopt a whole-food plant-based lifestyle (WFPB) and they have never looked back.
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Losing the Silver Spoon - an autobiography
Born into a life of privilege, James Wilson was always too
free-thinking to be kept down on the farm, content to follow his ancestors’ footsteps. Slowly but determinedly he pulled away from tradition and set off on his own sometimes rocky and precarious path.
Ten years at elite boarding schools didn’t snuff out his dreams of adventure, which subsequently found him travelling across the Sahara desert and down the length of Africa in a little Mini, and later uplifting his wife and four children to work as a farm adviser on a cattle farm in Malaysia.
Back home again, he turned the farming over to his long-suffering wife Barbie and embarked on a career as an inventor and entrepreneur with some successful – and occasional disastrous – results. Eventually the family farm was sold, and Barbie and James have carved out a new active life in the Marlborough Sounds.
James's ride through life has been a rollercoaster, but he has few regrets and the proverbial silver spoon is now but a faint memory.