Back to Success Stories

Charles d

Conditions Improved

Arthritis, Cancer
When did you switch to the vegan/plant-based diet?

Similar Stories

Thirty six years ago, I would have died. I was only 44 years old and had just been diagnosed with severe heart disease, high blood pressure, Thyroid Cancer, pre diabetes and I was almost 55 lbs. overweight. I was an aerobic instructor teaching 25 classes of aerobics per week. I thought I was eating a healthy diet of chicken, cheese, yogurt and ice cream. Luckily for me, my then new neighbor told me about Dr. John McDougall and I read his book. I could not believe that his patients were all getting over cancer, heart disease, diabetes and all chronic diseases. I jumped right in and never went back for more radiation and now I have perfect health. I just had to change to a starch based, whole food plant exclusive diet without oil. Now, at 80 I have great health and energy and still teach aerobics.

I went 100% plant-based in 2015 due to witnessing my parents’ declining health due to heart disease, diabetes and dementia. I am the eldest of 8 and the only one of my siblings who takes no meds or has any medical issues of any kind. I have more energy than even my youngest sister.

Vegan 8 years. Living it with my family of three!

I was inspired by my neighbors who suggested I give up dairy for a couple of weeks when I told them about severe arthritic pain and heart palpitations. (Much of my diet consisted of milk – for Slim Fast shakes, cottage cheese, yogurt, cheese, etc.) After complete miraculous relief after 2 weeks, I was totally convinced and started my move to a WFPB diet. I took off 45 pounds and have never felt so good! Watched lots of documentaries along the way to better inform and convince myself that this was absolutely the right path. But it was not until I witnessed the horrific images of senseless animal torture that were embedded into my brain, never to be erased, that I knew I was moving forward to a better, brighter future, never to look back.

I will share only one of the many benefits a WFPB diet gave me. For over 15 years I strenuously trained in those chi kung and tai chi exercises without ever being able to settle and build up, harness and circulate my mind/energy/chi throughout my body in a natural, easy and smooth way. All this started to change when I adopted a WFPB lifestyle almost 4 years ago 🙂 I can now teach what I learned, finally…

I’ve been vegan for 11 years and WFPB for about 5 years of that. I am certified in plant-based nutrition from eCornell, and am trained in vegan cooking and desserts from Rouxbe cooking school. My family is also vegan (husband and two kids).

Following a wfpb oil free diet has changed my life for the better. I’m confident this is the optimal diet for health and longevity.

About 3 years ago I picked up a book from the Costco book stand. It was Dr. Greger’s How Not to Die. It was such an easy read that I read it real quick then I started making the recipes. I was pre diabetic at the time and obese, but little by little I started implementing Dr. Greger’s recipes and reading more and more health books, like Chef AJ’s The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss and many others. Soon I lost ten pounds and have kept them off but I am still struggling to lose weight because I have a hard time sticking to the plan on the weekend. I am a work in progress but I truly love taking better care of myself and eating healthy, wholesome food. I am no longer pre diabetic and my blood pressure has gone down. My Triglycerides went down too. I am very happy about that!

I stopped eating animal products more than ten years ago and am following a fully plant-based diet and am thriving! I’ve maintained a thirty-five pound weight loss and my doctor says my blood pressure is fantastic! The best part of my plant-based lifestyle is I feel really good every day! I’ve eliminated virtually all of the aches and pains that began in my forties, I stay well and don’t catch many cold and flu bugs that circulate and don’t need to take medications. I am positive that plant-based eating has benefited me beyond my physical health. I am more optimistic than I was when younger have less anxiety in general. I look forward to the coming years and the possibilities life holds. I have big plans for things I want to do and accomplish. Choosing to become plant-based is one of the best and most important decisions I’ve ever made for myself.

I watched my parents with deformed hands from arthritis. My dad is suffering from DM II, as did so many of his family members. I looked my hands, finger joints hurt and my knees crepitus. My feet were burning and toe nails curl. I’m only my fifties and I was feeling old and depressed. I used to have constipation, frequency of every 3 to 7 days with lots of bloating. I transitioned to Whole Foods plant based diet over 10 years. Was stuck eating fish for a while because my husband’s doctor keep telling him he needs fish for his cholesterol. Felt much better now. I have more energy, I sleep better, joints no longer crepitus nor inflamed, regular bowel movements daily, anxiety went away, and my feet are no longer burning. I can go running once again �

I lost over 100 pounds at age 60 and eliminated all health problems by eating Whole Food Plant Based and following Chef AJ who helped me learn to make healthy delicious for free on YouTube.

Diagnosis with type 1 diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, autoimmune disorder.
Whole Foods plant base has managed this and weight loss as well! No animal products!

I was tired of being tired, so i switched to a plant based an diet & i feel great!

went whole food plant based in Sept 2017 when my right side of my right hand swelled up – last for several days, thought this to be arthritis – it hurt and I didn’t like it. Checked what causes inflamation in the body took me to Dr. Neal Barnard and he said don’t eat meat, diary or oil that was my beginning and everyday I’m stronger in my wfpb world


Inspire change, one story at a time. Share now!

Lives Impacted: 3,301

A Plant-Based Lifestyle has helped with:

Anxiety : 1,048 Arthritis : 749 Autoimmune disease : 499 Blood Pressure : 1,082 Cancer : 236 Cardiovascular Disease : 423 Cholesterol &/or Triglycerides : 1,296 Depression : 918 Digestive Health : 1,767 Energy Levels : 1,914 HGB A1C : 360 Pre-Diabetes : 405 Prescriptions : 519 Sexual Performance : 457 Skin Health Issues : 1,057 Sleep : 1,140 Type-2 diabetes : 203 Weight-loss : 1,826 Women's Health Issues : 587