Sunday, August 12, 2018
The Transformation Begins
My lifestyle transformation began three summers ago when I first watched the film "Forks Over Knives" (FOK) and learned about the power of plants. I can't remember how I happened upon the documentary, but I do remember the profound impact the film's message had on me. Shocked and dismayed by the power of the information, I immediately wondered why no one had ever shared this with me. Why hadn't my doctors told me about this? Why wasn't this being shared on the news? in magazines? Why wasn't Oprah talking about this? Yes, I know I'm dating myself, but Oprah knows things and surely she was wise to this.
But what really hit me was what Dr. John McDougall said in the film about men with metastatic prostate cancer who had "gone through spontaneous remission" after making the change to a whole food plant-based diet. My dad had died just months before on November 21, 2015, from prostate cancer that had metastasized to his bones. Could he have warded off the disease that took his life with a dietary change? I immediately felt regret and then came the anger. Why the hell was this life-saving information being held hostage by big pharma and the food industry? So many lives could be improved and even saved with this simple, yet powerful message of, "it's the food," if only the message could be spread and heard. Well, I had heard it, now what was I going to do about it? I knew somewhere deep within that I wanted to share this transformative information but I knew that first I desperately needed to heal my own broken and battered body with what I had just learned. And so I completely transformed my diet, lost all of my excess weight, reversed my diseases, and lived happily ever after...not exactly.
I've never been one to take the easy route and this time was no different. My journey to repair my body has been full of twists and turns, detours, and complete roadside breakdowns. Since that first fateful viewing of FOK in the summer of 2016, I have continued to educate myself about eating a whole food plant-based diet. I've watched countless videos from Dr. McDougall, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Michael Greger, Chef AJ, Jane and Ann Esselstyn, and the list goes on and on. I've read their books and visited their websites. I've recently attended a health summit and am currently attending a FOK class. I am immersing myself in all things WFPB and, you know what, with all of this knowledge comes power. I am living proof that that power is transformative. Since April 2018 I have been plant-powered passionately living and reaping the rewards of not just dabbling in this dietary change but of living it passionately 100 percent of the time. Down 45 pounds, I have been taken off insulin and blood pressure medication, I am full of energy, and I am exercising. I am living life passionately and feeling the power that comes with eating plants at every meal!