I Saved My Life With Food

"Inspirational Vegetarian Story" I Saved My Life With Food

By Deb Freeman

I watched the DVD Forks Over Knives with my husband.  Previously I was reading books on eliminating inflammation and pain in my body.  I have had pain for years and struggled with obesity.  My husband went from not taking any medication or getting sick to having 9 stents put in because of seriously clogged arteries and was put on four different medications.  The doctors could not figure out what kept clogging his arteries.

The Forks Over Knives DVD inspired me to read the book The China Study.  The more I learned, the angrier I got at our government wondering how this information could be held from the people and how much big money controls our lives.  I wanted to learn more because I realized it was up to me to take care of myself.  So, I signed up for and took the Whole Food Plant Based Nutrition course at e-Cornell.  I learned the bigger picture.was

Three weeks into the plant based diet my husband had to have some blood tests done.  His Drs. office called him because they were concerned that his blood pressure was so low.  They wanted to know what he was doing differently.  He told them he was not eating meat or dairy products and was mostly eating fruits and vegetables and other non-processed foods.  They cut his blood pressure medicine in half.

I was starting to feel better but was still having some inflammation issues.  I also knew I had to take the next step and cut out sugar like that found in my Chai teas and the special chocolates my husband would bring home to me.  Within two weeks my inflammation had finally disappeared and I could hardly believe how much better I could move.  Spring was upon us and I was gardening like never before.  I was getting up and down in the gardens with ease.  I decided to plant a three times larger vegetable garden.  Who knew we would be going into a drought but I just felt so good gardening again, pulling weeds etc. without the pain and feeling the next day like I got hit by a truck that I was not too distraught that not all of my plantings were going to produce.

I continue to read books, watch DVD's and learn as much as I can about the plant based diet and our health.  I can read between the lines when the study's come out either for or against any type of food that is out there.  Taking the course and reading The China Study really helped me feel good about the direction I am going.  I share my enthusiasm with anyone who will listen to me.  I am hoping to go out and offer classes on eating a plant based diet.  I know a lot of people want to eat healthier but don't know how, or where to start.

A year from now I hope to be at my goal weight and if possible, get off the only medication I am on (thyroid) and have hopes that my husband will be able to get off his medications and maybe have the stents removed as he would not need them anymore.  We need to be examples for those who may want to follow.

PS. If every one of us inspired ONE person to go meatless imagine the difference we could make in ten years time. I am going to collect inspirational vegetarian/vegan stories to share with everyone. If you think your story will inspire others, please share with me by sending it to info@veglov.com. I will post your stories on this www.veglov.com blog. I believe everyone has his/her own story, I think it must be great when we can share our stories and inspire others. Let’s make the world a better place. ~ Xiao Kang.

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