Over this past weekend, I came across a physician in Michigan that had to change her diet completely around to save her own health, and is now saving the lives of her patients with nutrition. The physician's name is Mary Clifton, MD, who not only has her own private practice, but conducts studies out of Michigan State University on a Whole Food Plant Based diet. She went to her own primary care physician for a regular check up, and when her lab work came back, she was shocked to say the least.
Mary's cholesterol was well above the "normal" 200 range and her blood sugar was very elevated. All the men in Mary's family either had bypass surgery in their 40's or they died before the age of 45. However, Mary thought she was eating a very healthy diet as compared to most Americans. She typically ate cereal with milk in the morning, yogurt or cheese for a mid-morning snack, lunch consisted of a huge salad topped with chicken breast, another yogurt for an afternoon snack, and for dinner some sort of meat, poultry or fish with a vegetable.
When Mary spoke with her physician about her diet, he agreed that she was eating "healthy" and would absolutely need to take a cholesterol-lowering drug to bring her cholesterol down, and maybe a "small dose" of another drug for her blood sugar. Mary really wasn't too excited about taking either drug because of the side effects, AND, she knew she would be taking them for life. At this point, Mary was in her late 30's.
So, she decided to go over as much information regarding diets as she could get her hands on. After spending many, many hours researching, she decided she AND her family would be eating a Whole Food Plant Based diet. Period. Mary became a "vegan" overnight. She ate absolutely no animal products at all...no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream, etc. NOTHING! Her family transitioned a little slower than she did, but she went cold turkey.
Mary will tell you very honestly, it was very hard for her to do this, BUT, she states, it was the MOST VALUABLE thing she ever did. In her opinion, you have to get your mind set on doing something like this....once you make your mind up to take a challenge such as this, half of the battle is won. She started buying all different kinds of vegetables, fruits, beans, whole-grains, nuts and seeds. She made all kinds of new and different recipes. What Mary realized was, like most Americans, we tend to eat the same 7-9 meals everyday, every week. She was feeding her family these new dishes and eventually, no one was eating animal products anymore, her children included!
Mary's lab numbers dropped dramatically, her weight dropped, her skin cleared up, her GI issues disappeared and her energy soared. Now, as her first approach to treating her own patients, Mary discusses their diet. She had an 82 year old woman say to her, "Are you asking me to try a vegan diet?" Mary said yes to her, and the woman responded, "OK, I will try it". It was as easy as that! The woman changed her diet completely, (at 82!!), and was able to stop her cholesterol medication completely and come off of half her blood pressure medications. This patient is 85 years old now and still going plant-strong.
The point I am trying to make is, if an 80 something year old person is willing to change their diet, ANYONE can do this if you make your mind up. Eating this way is a lifestyle change, it's not a diet that has a start date and an end date...it doesn't work that way. This is not only a "diet", (I hate that word), for weight loss, it is a diet that will GIVE you SUPERIOR HEALTH! Eating a WFPB diet will give your body ALL the ammunition it needs to "fight off" all the bad stuff, it will nourish your body with all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants it needs to repair the damage that has been done, and it will CURE so many chronic illnesses.....There is not a pill on the market that has that KIND OF POWER.
So, if you want superior health, no more excuses.....it's summertime and I want to barbeque, there are too many summer parties, weddings, and events I have to attend......there will ALWAYS be something to go to and there will always be upcoming holidays....that doesn't matter!!! If you want to change your HEALTH, the time is RIGHT NOW. By learning how to substitute animal products and processed foods with much healthier food choices, the results you will get in a matter of weeks will astound you!
What are YOU waiting for?