Living Whole Food, Plant-Based: Day 341
Hard to believe it’s been almost a year! The time has flown by. I’ve done a lot in that time, and managed to stick to a whole food, plant based diet. No exceptions. Early on I remember debating how long I would go before I’d allow myself to cheat. Then I'd daydream about what I would eat when I *did* cheat. I finally landed on one year’s time… never did decide what I would eat though. Well, one year is approaching and I **will not be cheating**. I feel *too good*, and I’ve come too far to even think about going back to old eating habits. Plus, and more importantly, I don’t feel the *need* to cheat anymore. I’m perfectly content with the way I eat, and it’s done amazing things for my health, and my life.
A Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet, and My Health
You can’t argue with results. To date, I’m down almost 80 pounds, and I feel better than I’ve felt in at least 15 years. I never took a single metformin pill, and my fasting blood sugar this morning was 76. That’s down from 246 a year ago. I don’t even check it regularly anymore, stopped doing that months ago with my doctor’s approval. Based on my A1C numbers, he said it was no longer necessary. As a matter of fact, I’m off all pills altogether, and it feels great!
I’m no longer taking any pills! I had to say it again because it’s hard to believe. I was taking pills for blood pressure, for heartburn, for gout, for headaches… there were a lot of pills! I’d been taking blood pressure meds on a daily basis since January of 2007… that’s 10 years! And just a few months after switching to a whole food, plant-based diet, my blood pressure is good. I remember seeing a doctor in 2009 and mentioning that if I could lose some weight maybe I could get off my blood pressure meds. Her response to me was that I would never get off of them, and I’d have high blood pressure the rest of my life. Ha! Guess not! I was told the same thing by the dietician at the diabetes clinic. She said I’d have to take diabetes meds for the rest of my life, and at increasing dosages.
WFPB Changed My Life
It feels like every aspect of my life has improved. I feel great, I’m more confident, I feel like I’m able to think more clearly, I look a lot better, and I’ve got energy (I used to come home from work, have just enough energy to shower, then I’d lay in bed all afternoon! How sad is that!?). My life isn’t centered around food anymore like it used to be. Obviously, I still require food to live, but food used to be the most important part of my life, and it just isn’t anymore. That took some time to get used to, but it was well-worth the effort. Don’t get me wrong, I still find pleasure in eating, but more so on a utilitarian level now, not on the food addiction level of the past. It feels like my life used to revolve around food, and that’s no longer the case. When I think about all the garbage I used to eat, it’s nauseating. Decentralizing food as the focal point of my life has been liberating!
Spreading the Word
To me, it’s the natural progression of my efforts. I’ve managed to change my life by orders of magnitude, and I feel like it’s my duty to expound upon the virtues of a whole food, plant based diet. We’ve all been living in the dark, and we can drastically change our health and physical condition through better food choices.
It’s very hard for people to see beyond what they know, and what they have been conditioned for a lifetime to believe is healthy and good. The amount of misinformation that abounds regarding nutrition is damn near criminal. The waters have been intentionally muddied by monied interests whose goal is to sow doubt in order to maintain the status quo, and, thus, the bottom line. There are astounding nutritional facts, known to science in some cases for decades, that still elude the public at large due to willful deceit, and food industry propaganda. I’ve witnessed, first-hand, the healing effects of food and the positive impact a whole food, plant-based diet can have. And it happens fast. A few days is all it took for most of my diabetes symptoms to start fading. After 3 weeks, the effects were unmistakably positive. You don’t have to take my word for it. Try a whole food, plant-based diet for 3 weeks and see how much better you feel.