In 2009 I found myself dealing with some major stress issues in my life. Although I was in pretty good shape, my accident in 2009 led to neck fusion, followed by chronic pain. Shortly after neck fusion, I had to have a cyst removed from my lower spine. I found I was unable to exercise and was in horrible pain.
I gained about 30 pounds in just a few months. In 2010, my father died suddenly, leaving my sister and me to take care of my mother who had dementia. Exercise and diet were the last things on my mind. I would attempt to get back into the routine again, but it was never long term.
In 2013 I lost my sister-in-law to cancer. It was not long after that my own mother died followed by two of my closest Aunts. Constant grieving led to more stress, and short-term attempts at losing weight.
In 2015 I attempted to put my life back together by returning to my always successful nutrition plan I had used for several years. I was hit with another loss. My brother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and was gone within five months. MFR or myofascial release helped me through the stress of losing family members but did not help me with my other issues.
In 2016 my doctor informed me that I was on the very edge of being diabetic, and had high cholesterol even though I was taking Lipitor for my cholesterol. My cholesterol was 210 on medications. My A1c was 6.8 and my fasting blood sugar was 108.
I was worried that I was going down the same road as my father and my two aunts that died from Diabetes, heart disease and liver disease.
I was now up to 183! The highest I had been in years! Although in the past, I had lost weight under my other nutrition program, my cholesterol numbers and blood sugar did not improve that much.
My neighbor, who was diabetic told me about a nutrition plan his doctor suggested. He had lost 40 pounds and in just one month had reversed all of his medical conditions. Although I had nothing against anyone eating meat, I personally, had no problem giving up the foods that I would have to give up to reverse my conditions and lose weight. It went against everything I had read about eating high protein, low carb diets, but I knew it would not hurt to try for 30 days. It worked for him, why wouldn’t it work for me?
Just two weeks before my next blood work test I decided to try the nutrition plan based on eating only whole foods that are plant-based. In just two weeks I had lost 7 pounds, my A1c dropped from 6.8 down to 5.8. My cholesterol dropped as well! My doctor asked what I was doing, and I told him I was eating only complex carbs. He cautioned against that and said he worried I would not get enough nutrients. I assured him that I was getting all the protein, good fat, and vitamins I needed.
I decided for the next 90 days, which was my next doctor’s visit, I would commit to my new plan 100%. On July 5th, I returned to my doctor’s office 25 pounds lighter, my A1c was now down to 5.5! My cholesterol had reached an all-time low! I was so thrilled to see such amazing results! And these were results from giving up all animal products. My husband, who was pre-diabetic, on high cholesterol and had high blood pressure and a serious meat and potatoes guy, asked for my help a month later.
The results were amazing! He lost 25 pounds, his total cholesterol was down to 70! His LDL was 20, and his triglycerides were around 35. His A1c was now down to 5.2! And, the doctor decreased his blood pressure meds as well. Again our doctor was not believing our results were from eating carbs. He had suggested for years that I eat fewer carbs and exercise more. I worked out 5-6 days a week before starting the program, so that was not the reason my blood work was not good before the WFPB diet.
My improvement in my lab work was coming from my change of diet.
Since changing to a WFPB diet, I have more energy than I have ever had. I feel great. I am not deficient in any vitamins or minerals. I have lost an additional 10 pounds, and plan to lose another 20.
And an added bonus, my arthritic joint pain decreased as well!
Our doctor admitted that he has never seen medication do what this diet has done for us in such a short time.
What I tell my clients who are not willing to try giving up their animal protein is that even some modification in their diet can show improvements. Everything in moderation. As a coach, I help you understand what you need to do to reach your goals within your own personal guidelines.
We set goals that can help you reduce and improve lab work without giving up some of the foods you like such as chicken or eggs. I design a custom program for everyone.
The only exception is.. we will not support a high protein diet of any kind, as there is too much information that shows how damaging the high protein low carb diets can be. The ketogenic diet (often termed keto) is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that shares many similarities with the Atkins and low-carb diets. High protein diets increase the chances of osteoporosis, and kidney stones as well as cholesterol levels.
Studies have shown that animal protein increases some forms of cancer. (Dr. Campbell, MD, “The China Study”, “Forks over Knives”) Dr. Esselstyn’s book “How to Reverse and Prevent Heart Disease” has how saturated fats and oils can cause damage to the arteries and increase the risk of heart failure.
High protein diets do not provide all the nutrients you need to support all body functions. As far as essential amino acids go, soy and black beans have all the essential amino acids you need to support your immune system and your cellular repair.
I support a healthy whole food nutrition plan that you can modify for your lifestyle and your needs. I believe we can reach our optimal health without fad diets, extreme weight loss programs that are nutrient deficient. Why starve yourself to lose weight? It’s not necessary.
Why avoid eating foods you enjoy like pasta, and potatoes to improve your blood sugar or lose weight? You don’t need to.
We can help by designing a nutrition program that will improve your lab results, assist in losing weight, provide more energy, and help you feel young again.. without giving up foods that you enjoy. I encourage adding exercise to your nutrition program even if you are only able to do a few things in the beginning. Exercise and healthy eating habits are essential to living a more vibrant life.
One of my biggest motivators in my own personal life is that I remain as independent as my great grand uncle was. He exercised every day of the week doing his crunches, toe touches etc. He walked 2 miles each day unless the weather was too cold or it was raining badly. He ate healthy, eating a little meat, but mostly fruits, vegetables, grains and some dairy, but not much. He made his own meals. He baked his own bread as well. He never smoked, and if he gained one pound on the scale, he did not have his small bowl of low-fat ice cream for dessert that evening. At age 92 he was still driving and worked for a company as their treasurer. He outlived two wives and after that, he lived alone until he passed at age 94.
My goal as the owner of Proactive Wellness Concepts is to have the same goals for you as I have for myself.
Our nutrition, fitness or myofascial release programs are not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it.