I have had a very good education in nutrition and muscle health due to my profession as an herbalist, massage therapist and non-physician naturopath. At one time during my education, I tried a vegetarian diet in an attempt to have a healthier lifestyle and because I had guilt over how our world treats its farm animals. However, I did not last long because I lacked energy and felt that I would have to include grass-fed farm animals raised organically. As the years flew by, I noticed a steady rise in my blood pressure as I started past fifty years of age. I also started gaining unwanted weight.
Before fifty years old I could get any extra weight off just by stopping an ice cream and chocolate habit. But, after fifty, that was no longer the case. Doctors also started warning me that I better start on meds for my high blood pressure as it was getting into the dangerous zone. I absolutely detest taking any kind of drugs—over the counter or prescribed. So, I started googling about high blood pressure and found my way to the video on Netflix “Forks Over Knives”. I smirked about this as I considered it most likely to just be another new fad, but was desperate to bring my BP down without drugs. So, I thought, it can’t hurt to try it for a month just to see if I loose my energy again like I did on that vegetarian diet so many years ago. Well, viewing Forks Over Knives was last year, and I am still eating WFPB! I absolutely love it….I can eat all it want of the most flavorable food known to God and have all the energy a 69 year old could hope for! My BP went quickly down to normal in only one week. And, I lost 30 lbs without even thinking about it. My clothes just started to fall off of me.
Thanks to all those who help support this movement. God bless them one and all.
Here is my new body at 69 years young:
Kathy de Plaza, West Grove, Pennsylvania
A little over 3 years ago I weighed 300lbs, I was a type II diabetic, a drug addict, fast food addict, and suffering from severe depression. My addiction started in high school. Adderal made me feel superhuman. It was also a way for me to control my weight. I have always had issues with self-image and self confidence. It also allowed me to be able to stay up for days at a time without loss of concentration or energy and I loved that feeling. But after college the drug had destroyed my metabolism and I started to gain weight. The heavier I got the more I started to isolate.
After a while I just stopped caring and became addicted to fast food. By this time, my life revolved solely around when was I getting more adderal, getting more adderal, and eating fast food, while the entire time being severely depressed and angry at everyone and everything else. My relationships with my family were strained and I never socialized with my friends. I was barely working and running out of money. I knew that I was heading towards the day when I would be living on the street. I finally picked up the phone and called my father for help. Two weeks later I checked into rehab.
My first day in rehab I was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic. After rehab I moved to California into a sober-living house. I took it upon myself to reverse my type II diabetes by implementing a plant based nutrition plan into my recovery program of medication and therapy. What I didn't realize was that plant based nutrition would become the backbone of my entire recovery. Within 6 months I reversed my type 2 diabetes and today I am over 3 ½ years sober and weigh 165lbs. Amazingly, my waist size has gone from 47" to 31". I realized that plant based nutrition has an amazing power in regards to addiction recovery.
I became a certified holistic lifestyle coach and developed a program using nutrition as a tool for addiction recovery and relapse prevention. I now run groups at sober-living houses and Intensive Out-Patient Therapy centers in LA. I recently had the honor of speaking at Rip Esselstyn's Engine 2 plant based health immersion in Arizona and have been invited back as a speaker for 2016. I have also had the honor of being a guest on the Rich Roll podcast, Running To Mental Health podcast, The food Heals Podcast, Break The Stigma Podcast, soon to be a guest on Lean Green DAD podcast, and have been featured on Forks Over Knives. People always ask me about what Ive lost and I enjoy telling them about the 130lbs, the diseases (type2 diabetes, high blood pressure, depression), and the 7 medications.
But what I enjoy more than all of that is what I have gained. Early morning runs on the lake with my dad, a real relationship with my Dad and the rest of my family, my self worth and self-confidence, my purpose in life, the ability to help others, most importantly, my twin brother Bobby. He has moved in to my place in LA to started his own plant strong journey. In 2 months he has lost 40lbs, been taken off of his type 2 meds in a week, and dropped his blood pressure from 140/100 to 120/80 in 3 weeks. Today, I can honestly say that I am the happiest I have ever been and the healthiest I have ever been in my life. Plant based nutrition didn't just save my life, it gave me the ability to create an entirely new one. It's one that I look forward to living every single day.