His story is one that I hear over and over again. At 69 years old, he was diagnosed with cancer. The more research he did on his own, the more he realized he had to take "drastic" steps in changing his diet. He eliminated meat and dairy products...completely....and ate a strictly plant-based diet along with whatever other medical treatment his doctors prescribed. Mike truly believes that because he got rid of the foods that probably started the whole "cancer process", (the same foods that "feed" cancer cells), he was able to shrink his tumors significantly, had them removed surgically, and any other remaining cancer cells were "starved", resulting in their "death".
Mike states that if he had not switched his ways of eating, he doesn't know if he would be here today. He also attributes his running successes to feeding his body what it needs to perform optimally. By eating a plant based diet, Mike believes his body is "running" at peak performance. He states, "Training is important, but when you get to be my age, you're not going to train at all unless your body holds up. I simply cannot overemphasize the importance of the plant based diet to my performance."
This is the kind of story we all should have. It's not about living to be 110....it's about living life to the fullest no matter how old you are. Earlier I had stated Mike had to "drastically" change his diet....changing your diet really isn't "drastic" at all....having to suffer the ravages of cancer or having your chest split in half to have bypass surgery, in my mind, is DRASTIC......eating vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole-grains doesn't sound drastic at all!! Not to mention, any person that really takes on this way of eating and eliminates meat, dairy and processed "food", will tell you they can't believe how much better they feel. I hear it all the time...."I wish I knew about this sooner...I wish I changed my eating habits 15 years ago"......
But the beauty of this is, it doesn't matter that you didn't know this earlier.....what matter is you are changing your diet NOW...you can reap the benefits NOW.....look at Mike....he changed his diet completely around from the way he was brought up....just like so many of us....meat, poultry, dairy, fast foods, etc. He was 69 years old when he made the change and at 91 years old, he never felt better!
On a personal note, I started running two years ago when I signed up for the Freihofer's Run for Women. They offered a program called 'Couch to 5K' for women that never ran...that was me. I NEVER ran a day in my life. I signed up and never looked back. This is my third year participating in this program....I graduated to the intermediate running group....running with a group keeps me motivated and pushes me to do more than I "think" I can.... you would be surprised what your body can do...but you need to feed it what it needs.
When I think I can't run another step, I am going to think about Mike, 91 years old, running half marathons, (a little over 13 miles). My goal is to be running straight through my 90's and loving every minute of it!!