FORKS OVER KNIVES
Fluffy to Fit at 49
In February my Dad encouraged my husband and I to watch “Forks Over Knives. Before it was over we were convinced of the benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet. Since that night our lives have changed completely. We haven’t had meat, dairy, eggs, or oil since — and the results have been amazing! The “Engine 2 Diet” by Rip Esselstyn, and Dr. Fuhrman’s “Eat to Live” helped us with the basics as we got started.
All my life I had been very healthy and fit, but something happened in my late 40s. None of the diets or exercise I had used in the past to control my weight were working. I had gained a lot of weight, and was developing health problems. I assumed it all had something to do with menopause and was becoming very depressed and desperate. I was even considering a trip to the doctor to find out what was “wrong” with me and get the appropriate medication. After just a few weeks on a plant-based diet I realized that along with losing weight, my health problems were clearing up! Here are a few of the changes I’ve noticed:
My body recovers much more quickly after exercise;
My resting heart rate has gone from the 100s to the 60s;
Allergies are GONE (no more Allegra);
Sleeping through the night
I’ve lost 20 lbs! (That’s a lot on my 5’2” frame!)
My cardio has been INSANE — I’m running and biking like I did 20 years ago. I did two hours of cardio yesterday just because it felt so good!
I wrote a letter to the editor of a wonderful new magazine “Vegan Health and Fitness” (http://www.veganhealthandfitnessmag.com/) and she invited me to submit photos for their model search! So at 49 years old, I went from unhealthy and overweight to burgeoning fitness model.
One of the most satisfying things has been seeing our kids eating more and more healthy foods. They’ve developed a taste for fruits and vegetables and even enjoy things like lentil soup! How great to be able to pass this information to them while they are young and know they will be healthier because of it for the rest of their lives!