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Just over three years ago, my hubby was diagnosed with prostate cancer. We wanted to learn all we could about it, so we went to our local library and took out every book on the subject, and one of the many was How Not to Die. We quickly learned that whole-food, plant-based was a great tool in fighting this.
My hubby was all in for the change. It was a HUGE change for us, as we ate the standard American diet (SAD) all our lives. We changed overnight, 100% all in. Cancer is a great motivator and was our focus. In four months, his PSA went from 9.5 to 2.4 and his doctor was amazed. But more than that happened. After just a few weeks, I noticed my pants were getting loose. It didn't hit me that we would lose weight, because we were never hungry and ate our full, always staying with the WFPB way. Our focus was the cancer. It became apparent this was improving our health in many ways. My hubby lost 55 pounds and now has a normal BMI. Both of us went from high cholesterol to low, also reduced our glucose, and, for me, reduced my high blood pressure so much I was able to get off the meds. I am not sure how much weight I lost because I would never weigh myself at my heaviest. I know for sure I lost 107 pounds but it could be 140. We both have so much energy and we both work out daily. Also, my frequent headaches disappeared, as well as my achy knees. No more heartburn or constipation. I feel like a new woman. It's amazing. I can hardly believe this is me. And by the way, when we changed, my hubby was 70 and I was 60. It's never too late! We both say that it took cancer to get us to good health. Hubby is doing awesome and his cancer is stalled, staying as a low grade and has had no medical intervention. I sincerely want to thank Dr. Greger for his life-saving book, that gave us a new lease on life. We are forever grateful.
I was raised on the SAD diet and by the time I was approaching 40, I hit my highest weight at 240. I can still remember that day and it’s when I’d had enough. I started to research nutrition and your site was the first I came across. It changed my life.
My diet evolved over time and now I pretty much follow the McDougall diet. I have two young children and I want to be around for them as long as I can while not being a burden either. I lost my Mom at 43 and my Dad at 65 and I don’t want my kids to experience what I did. I also want to set a good example for them.
Now, at nearly 49 years old, I feel and look better than I have at any point in my life. I’m incredibly protective of my diet and maintain a pristine environment at home, just like Chef AJ and Doug Lisle say. I eat a high-carb, moderate-protein, ultra-low-fat diet. It’s so simple and it’s inexpensive, too. People think I’m around 35, when I’m nearly 50. I can hike and bike for miles on end, run football routes with my 9 year old son and play basketball with him and his friends.
Back when I was at my heaviest, my doctor wanted to put me on a statin. Nope, not doing that. I’ll fix it myself. Not once were dietary changes ever mentioned. She calls my lipid profile and blood work “remarkable.” With the ridiculous health care industry in this country, it’s amazing to me that our leaders don’t push more for dietary change. I don’t want to be that 60 year old walking around with a bag of pills. Learning about nutrition, calorie density, and plant-based diets is by far the single greatest self improvement I’ve ever done. And I thank you and all of your colleagues for the information to help me succeed. Hopefully, I can influence the people around me, too!