Six months ago my husband saw the doctor. It was a regular check-up. The doc schedules them every six months to manage his medications and what not.
Six months ago, our doctor gave my husband quite a speech about his health. And my husband heard him. Loud and clear.
I’m not exactly sure what he said, but I’m pretty sure it was something along the lines of, “you have to do something now or you are going to die.” Yeah, I know. So he came home with a new determination to get healthy. He had a fire in his belly to change like I’ve never seen before.
So we did.
After losing weight during the week of the 7 fast, we determined to eat cleaner, less processed foods. But we still gained some of the weight back that was lost during the fast. And honestly, I felt like we took some steps backwards. Resorting to old habits and food. I felt stuck. Like, what do we do now?
In October, we watched the documentary Forks Over Knives on Netflix, and it completely rocked our world. We decided before the movie was even finished, to completely change how we look at food and our health and went all in with a low fat, whole foods, plant based diet.
That meant minimal processed foods, minimal added fats, and no animal products of any kind.
I would come to describe it as “vegan on steroids”. Because it was vegan, but with a much healthier approach. Because trust me, there’s plenty of junk food that qualifies as vegan. (Yeah, I’m talking to you, Oreo’s and tortilla chips.)
The goal was to do more than just lose weight. But to change our health, and our lives, for the better. For good.
And to get my husband off medication for high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Because those are all curable diseases. And the cure is so simple it’s crazy. Are you ready to have your mind B. L. O. W. N.?
Eat plants. Move more.
What? That’s it? That’s crazy! I could never do that. I love cheese. I love yogurt. I have to have meat. What’s life without bacon? That’s not living!
Au contraire, mon ami. It’s not crazy at all. And it most certainly is living. Living and feeling better than I ever did after eating a Whataburger with cheese and grilled onions.
So that’s what we did.
And after five months of not eating a single animal product, I can honestly say that I don’t really miss it. What I do miss is the convenience. I can’t just run through Chick-Fil-A and grab me a #1 with a DDP and polynesian sauce when the moment strikes. Nope, now I have to plan ahead a little. And maybe chop a few veggies. But, hey, you know what, here’s a thought…running through CFA and grabbing me a #1 with a DDP and polynesian sauce is what got us in that mess in the first place, now isn’t it? Think about that.
So anyway, on with the real reason I sat down to write tonight.
I’m so incredibly proud to say that yesterday, my husband shocked his doctor’s face off. He went in almost fifty pounds lighter (seventy since August), and his blood work was so good that the doc took him off all his medications!!!
Good riddance, blood pressure medicine.
Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!
So to all those naysayers out there who say we have gone plain ape crazy in this house, I just have one thing to say:
PLANTS!! FOR THE WIN!
I can honestly say, we no longer Live to Eat.
Nope, now we Eat to Live.
And that’s saying something right there.
p.s. In case you’re trying to tally that up, that’s a total combined weight loss of about 120 pounds between us since August. 100 since going plant strong. Now go…chew on that.
p.p.s His blood pressure was something ridiculous like 115/74, his blood sugar was 96 and his total cholesterol was around 160. Can I get an Amen?