Three month’s time is all it took. At age 55 and morbidly obese and unhappy with how I looked and felt, I couldn’t be happier about where I am now. It’s been easy.
I’m no where close to ending my weight loss journey, but it’s nice to have this level of visible success in a short time. It’s even better to get back lab results that show a 57% drop in my LDL Cholesterol, a normalization of blood sugars and blood pressure.
No doctor told me to remove meat, cheese and eggs from my diet. My body literally refused it all. So I educated myself and have made sure that I still eat foods that my body needs each day. Dr. Neal Barnard of The Physician’s Committee For Responsible Medicine, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyne of The Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Michael Greger and his Daily Dozen as well as the documentaries Forks Over Knives and What The Health have had great influence.
The combination of Lipedema, Lymphedema and Dercum’s Disease keeps my body misshaped and lumpy. So I am not seeking the perfect body. I just want to coexist with the body I have and tread upon it as little as possible.
It’s amazing that not one of my doctors ever suggested directly to me that a plant-based diet is the way to go. Yet, when they saw the results they each have said to me that this way of eating is how everyone should be eating.
I think perhaps that eating meat, cheese and eggs is so engrained in many of us from childhood onward as the center of our nutritional universe. Maybe the doctors are afraid to be so open about their views about plant-based eating.
Take a good look at the side by side photos. There is considerable physical and mental misery of being that larger woman on the right where animal products contributed terribly to inflammation in my body as well as added pounds. Having Primary lipedema and lymphedema as well as Dercum’s Disease and Fibromyalgia, the last thing I needed was all that inflammation and the increased risks associated with being morbidly obese.
So I’m putting it out there. Don’t be afraid to explore how to have a balanced diet without animal products. Doctors are wonderful but sometimes people need to take charge of their health. My labs and the photo shared here, shows that indeed it is healthier to eat a specific kind of plant-based diet.
Your doctor may not lead, but don’t let that hold you back on trying. Get your labs done every few months to make sure your body is handling it ok and get some input from your doctor how such changes could impact how your medications work with your body. You may find you need less of them.
If you are in St. Louis, MO July 14th, 2018 consider attending this summit. What caught my attention is that the doctors presenting are top experts in what has saved me life.