My Healthy Path

by Diana Labrum, CHt on December 5th, 2017

I have been on a healthy path since going to Pritikin in 2006. At that time I lost about 40 pounds and have kept it off. My weight still was not what I wanted it to be and my eating had slipped a bit. In May 2017 I watched the documentary Forks Over Knives and it really hit home. My birthday is May 13 and Mothers Day this year was May 14th. I started my new plan on May 15 which is a whole food plant based diet, no oil or sugar. 

After watching that documentary my husband and I watched "What the Health", "Cowspiracy", "Vegucated", "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead", "Earthlings" and "Peacable Kingdom". My husband joined me on this way of life mid-June. 

I have read books by Dr. Colin Campbell, "The China Study", Dr. Joel Fuhrman, "Eat to Live", "Super Immunity", "The End of Dieting" and "The End of Diabetes", Dr. Michael Greger, "How Not to Die", Dr. John McDougall, "The Starch Solution", Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" and Rip Esselstyn, "The Engine 2 Diet", and "Plant Strong".

Though it sounds tough to go on such a strict eating plan it has been incredibly easy. We love the food and can eat as much of it as we want. We are never hungry and never feel the need to stray. Since May I have not eaten any animal products. The only straying at all is with oil. I use no added oil but when eating out we do the best we can but know that most restaurants use some oil. We try to keep that to a minimum.

Since starting I have lost 40 pounds. My husband has lost 20. He now weighs 152 and is 5'10" so he doesn't want to lose any more. The best part for him is in the first month his cholesterol went down 60 points. We both have much more energy and feel and look years younger. I highly recommend this way of life. If you are not willing to give up animal products entirely cutting down to several times a week is beneficial. I will write more about what I eat later.




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