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

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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.

Went vegan almost ten years ago after watching What The Health and it was the best decision I’ve ever made! I do it for the animals for the planet and for my health!

I rid myself of health anxiety 7 years ago and changed my perception to risk of non communicable diseases. I am 100% plant based and 90% whole foods plant based. My family eats and lives like this too. Its truly empowering.

My husband, children and I all went WFPB immediately after reading The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity. I then dove into more research for months on end and had to figure out how to cook again. My hot flashes disappeared! My plantar fasciitis disappeared! My husband’s high blood pressure was reversed! While listening to plant-based podcasts, I ended up learning about the horrors of animal agriculture for the animals, and the environment. As a result, 7 months after going plant-based I became and ethical vegan and animal rights activist. I’ve now have a curated-content podcast, Plant Based Briefing, where I narrate articles, with permission, on all things plant-based and vegan related in 10 minutes per day.

All my life ive been overweight. Heart disease and high cholesterol seems to plague the majority of family members. Switching to a WFPB diet has made it possible for me to maintain a 100 lb weight loss for over 6 years. Also, I’ve lowered my A1c from 6.2 to 5.4 and my cholesterol from 289 to 190.
An added plus is my grocery bill. I can buy staples like rice and beans in bulk and some variety of greens and fruit are almost always on sale at my local grocery store.
People see my before snd after pictures and always say it doesn’t look like the same person.

I was already vegan and I started suffering from hormonal hot flushes and night sweats.
Dr Neal Barnard did a study on hot flushes and concluded that most women experience relief from these symptoms by eating wholefood plant based no or little oil or refined sugars with in 4 months.
This motivated me to try it. Within 4 weeks I no longer suffered from hot flushes and night sweats.
I also dropped 18lb in 3 months by eating this way and I have to have my wedding dress taken in by 5 inches.
Ooo and I have more energy too.
It’s a win win.

I was diagnosed with endometriosis, I had severely painful periods. I was vegetarian but when I turned vegan, my pains dramatically reduced! I was so relieved, to have controllable pain, instead of 2 days in bed every month! I had my life back! There was no way I’d ever go back to consuming dairy again!

I am a cancer survivor and also suffered with several chronic conditions for many years: severe asthma, endometriosis, and undiagnosed chronic pain and fatigue.

Since switching to a whole food plant-based diet, I have fully regained my health and lost 80 pounds. I am off all medications, and am enjoying the best health I have experienced in my entire life!

My journey healing my autoimmune disease, chronic hives, and severe menstrual cramps started with changing what I ate. All the specialists and doctor visits no one once suggested I go plant-based. I took matters into my own hands and started a journey to reconnect back to nature to heal my mind body and spirit. Little did I know this was the catalyst that would transform my entire life and allow me to live the life I’ve always wanted financially, spiritually, physically and live each moment with meaning and fulfillment. I am now a R.N. Health coach, speaker, and author teaching the community how to use food as medicine!
Live a life that will outlive YOU!

��� January, 1st 2022 marks 5 years �being VEGAN� for me!

This wasn’t an easy decision at first. My friend Keya Maria who educated me about the meat & dairy industry since about 2014/2015 truly opened my eyes. I remember thinking there is no way I will ever give up my meat and cheese ! Every meal I had involved either meat or cheese. I always felt sluggish though and sick. Many stomach issues and gallbladder problems and not even to mention I was on 5 meds for all kinds of issues. Cholesterol, blood pressure, thyroid, anxiety, acid reflux you name it I had it.

Then in December 2016 for Christmas we went back to Germany �� I stuffed myself with every possible sausage at the Christmas markets I could and I felt so sick, I finally told myself I needed to make a change. By then Jamie had also set me up with an instagram account early 2016 and Oh my gosh everytime I logged on I would see these horrible videos and pictures of slaughter houses. I was shocked to see how disconnected I was where my meat actually came from! I kept looking away. I told her on New Year’s Eve 2016 in my parents living room I’m going vegan tomorrow 1 January 2017! Jamie said “ok mom” it was her typical “ yeah ok mom you will never last” well …. I did ❤️

I feel much healthier and happier and it has significantly improved my anxiety, mental and overall health. I’m down to taking only one pill � now for my thyroid no other meds.

It was for sure a big learning curve with what i could eat but over the past five years there are so many options when it comes to vegan products. I am trying to eat 90% Whole Food Plant Based but still eat out at vegan restaurants and have my “burger or sandwich”. I also signed up for Forks over Knives meal plan that provides me with easy to make recipes a week and options to meal prep which come in handy with my busy schedule for sure.

I personally became a #vegan because I simply couldn’t in good conscience be involved in anything any longer that caused or contributed to animal suffering. I love animals and not just my dog so I don’t want them to suffer. Vegans have vastly reduced rates of cancer and heart disease and diabetes and erectile dysfunction… � yup it’s true � watch the documentary the “Game Changers”, “What the Health” which can be found on Netflix and Dr Gregers Book “How not to die” all of these are eye opening! All based on science � �

Animal agriculture isn’t just destroying billions (!)and billions of animals a year and causing unspeakable suffering for billions and billions of innocent creatures, it is also ruining our climate and destroying our rain forests and killing us and our oceans.

My skin always used to look gray and dull my hair always had no shine to it and now I feel like a spring chicken again ! There are so many starter websites now for becoming vegan and some even offer advice from nutritionists for FREE! Yes FREE! It hasn’t been an easy journey at first but now I will never go back eating any animals until the day I die . ��� ������� #veganversary

I feel better than I did in my 40’s!!! Im no longer pre diabetic.

PS: I am also very proud of my daughter Jamie for being so compassionate � and creating her own vegan Honey company Humble Honee ♥️ And standing up for what she believes in❣️She has lost over 20 lbs since going vegan

When I was in my mid-twenties, I became a vegetarian Macrobiotic, which was essentially a vegan diet. I ate whole foods, with some oil, salt and rice/maple syrup sweeteners. I could taste more subtle flavors in food and began to menstruate naturally again after being diagnosed with polycystic ovarian disease. After learning more about animal rights, I became an ethical vegan merging my diet and spiritual beliefs. Now I practice vegan spirituality to align my body, mind, and spirit with my ethics of compassion for all living beings.

I’m 65 and I find that I still have a lot of energy. I do vigorous hiking and I still love competitive sports.


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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