|Dr. Nelson with her husband in 2010|
on the Standard American Diet aka SAD
For several months, I eliminated meat as the only real dietary change. It was a noble but misdirected effort at becoming healthier. I still ate out a lot, and continued to consume dairy, eggs, fish, and alcohol. Although I lost a few pounds, I can't say I really felt any different. My husband, who agreed to make the change with me actually gained about 10 pounds during this time period.
Fast forward to February 2012 and my husband and I happened to watch a documentary entitled "Forks over Knives." The film follows a few different individuals as they adopt a plant based lifestyle. It showcased health transformation including diabetes remission, improved cholesterol levels, and reversal of heart disease. It featured several physicians and researchers. It made sense, but it seemed a little extreme to me. My husband began doing a little research and decided he would give it a try for himself. I had just made a batch of homemade yogurt, and felt obligated to eat it before I gave serious consideration to joining him. After about a week, I decided to join him and support him as he had supported me several months earlier when I decided to give up meat. I have never looked back or reconsidered that decision.
I have continued to educate myself on plant based eating, and feel that this is the best diet for me and most, if not all, humans. It is a diet that leads to improved health, through decreased rates of cancer and cardiovascular disease, and providing the body with the tools to best be able to heal itself whenever possible. It has been a journey, and the foods I eat today look much different than the foods I ate when first starting out a few years ago. I continue to learn, my diet an lifestyle continues to morph. My cholesterol is down more than 60 points, my markers of inflammation have gone from high to low normal, my weight is down more than 60 pounds, and I enjoy a much more active lifestyle including running and backpacking. I no longer rely upon caffeine to get me going, and I feel better and more energetic than I ever have before. I share this with you to help you understand, and hopefully inspire you.
|Dr. Nelson and her husband in 2014|
after nearly 3 years on a plant based diet
and after running an 8K