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05 Oct Michelle’s Story

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Tears are streaming down my face as I write this.  I guess I hadn’t realized how worried I have been.  My mom is 63 years young, and is vibrant, beautiful and engaging, and most people think we’re sisters when we go out together.

In August 2010 she had her blood work done, and her total cholesterol was 315!  LDL was 208.  By November 2011, after making a few efforts of her own, her total was down to 306, but the LDL was up to 213.  I didn’t find out about these numbers until a few months ago.  I’m sure she didn’t tell me because she knew I’d have a conniption fit, which is exactly what I did.
Almost by accident (or, was it?!) I came across FOK in my Netflix queue.  As a former personal trainer & weight loss coach, my interest was piqued, and I watched in amazement.  That led me to buy The China Study, and I started reading it outloud to my mom.  Next I watched Food, Inc., all of which sealed my decision that I didn’t want to eat animals anymore.  I got your E2 Diet (Kindle for my iPhone, by the way) and I offered to cook for her if she’d really try it and stick with it for a month.  We both started exactly one week ago, Day 1 was Monday.
She had her blood tested again this morning.  I’ve been very worried that in only one week, there wouldn’t be enough of a difference in her numbers, and she would discount the efficacy of a PSWFD (Plant Strong Whole Foods Diet!), and wouldn’t stick with it.
The doctor’s office just called, and guess what?!?!?!
Her total cholesterol is 265!!!  Her LDL is down to 173.4!!!!!  Almost 40 points EACH in just ONE WEEK!!!!  In just ONE week!!!!  I am SO thrilled and happy and relieved!  I can’t wait to get her tested again after the full month!!  I can’t even believe it!  Oh yeah, and this was the doctor who told her she would not be able to make more than a 5% reduction in her cholesterol on diet/exercise alone.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!  You have, probably undoubtedly, saved her life.  I can’t stop crying.  Thank you so much!  I am over the moon.  And we BOTH were worried about getting enough protein, but we feel great!  And satisfied!
Thank you so much.  You have a huge advocate here, and I know a TON of people!  They are ALL going to hear about the E2 PSWFD, whether they want to or not! 🙂
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  • Jennifer Matthews Bucheli
    Posted at 08:19h, 05 October

    Amazing! Keep up the great work!

  • Barb
    Posted at 08:22h, 05 October

    Oh sweetie – congratulations!! I’m SO excited for you. Great job, now keep it up. You both will see huge changes. Now she just needs to prove her doctor SO wrong!. As an aside, regarding the protein – you may find this of interest being a personal trainer. I have been strength training over the summer (not even real heavy) and am building some real nice muscle – chest, arms, legs. I’m almost 60. No protein shakes, just straight up whole food making sure I get my protein through beans, lentils, tofu, etc. Keep going!!!!

  • Marlene Yzaguirre
    Posted at 09:03h, 05 October

    So excited for this new path for your Mom and for you too! Hugs in Jesus!

  • Chandra Raphael RN
    Posted at 09:11h, 05 October

    Love it, and that’s why I’m sticking to it not as a diet but a way of life!

  • mauranj
    Posted at 10:20h, 05 October

    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!! It is always so wonderful to hear stories like this, it keeps us all going Plant Strong.

  • Terri Bashaw
    Posted at 11:17h, 05 October

    same thing happened to my sister in law – went in three weeks after starting the plant strong diet and dropped in chloestrol and blood sugar readings both. Her doctor was very happy and so was she!

  • Terri
    Posted at 15:43h, 05 October

    I love this story! Your excitement is so evident through your words! My cholesterol is 311 and I’m on the plan also! Stay tuned! I will have to check back in when I get my blood tested again too!

  • Kirsten
    Posted at 20:19h, 05 October

    This is such awesome news for you and your mom…so glad she is open to your suggestions! Keep up the great work =)

  • Michelle
    Posted at 20:57h, 05 October

    Starting my entire family on plant based whole food diet after watching FOK. We went our first week with two meals that had meat, we opted not to through food out but to use up as we were down to going shopping anyways. It amazed me that my family is willing to change and it helps with the literature as we are a family of athletes. I have three boys and my husband and I are tow retired basketball pros whom need to get back on track, to say the least. Next week, we start the 28 challenge! Wish us luck!

  • Ginger
    Posted at 13:12h, 06 October


  • Shontae
    Posted at 18:29h, 06 October

    Congratulations to both you and your mother and thank you so much for sharing your stories!

  • Linda Zaworski
    Posted at 21:03h, 06 October

    So happy to hear your story and Congratulations!!!!!!

  • Guest
    Posted at 04:30h, 07 October

    Impressive! I understand your joy and excitement. Thanks for
    sharing your story. It motivates me to keep trying to convince my own mum to
    adopt a plant-based diet.

  • Dr Bok Choy
    Posted at 04:33h, 07 October

    Impressive! I understand your joy and excitement. Thanks for
    sharing your story. It motivates me to keep trying to convince my own mum to
    adopt a plant-based diet.

  • Rebekah
    Posted at 12:08h, 07 October

    That’s wonderful! This is what I want for my husband and father. My mother started soon after I did but our men, while believe more veggies is important, neither want to give up anything. I’m hoping our examples lead them that way.

  • Michael George
    Posted at 22:54h, 14 May

    Nice story. So it seems that this book really helped you and your mom a lot. Many books are being published nowadays, so im sure many not only you are being helped by a Physician’s book like that

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