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24 May David’s Story: From Meat-Aholic to Plant-Strong!

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I have always been the most unhealthy eater that I know.  It used to be nothing for me to take a steak, wrap it in bacon, and slather it with BBQ sauce.  I was a MEAT-AHOLIC. My wife even tried to make a few vegetarian dishes that I whole-heartedly and proudly refused to eat.  But then my health started to deteriorate.  I would be out of breath after climbing a flight of stairs, I couldn’t keep up hiking in the woods with my 68 year old grandfather..  It was bad… And I was 25.
I started “dieting” in October of 2012.  I was on one of those “low carb, high fat” junk fad diets.  I was losing weight, but I wasn’t gaining health.  I knew that a diet with no bread supplemented with junk food surely wasn’t a good long term diet solution.  And then around Christmas I watched the documentary “Forks over Knives” and it changed my entire perspective.  The very next day and every day since I have been plant strong!  Since Christmas I have seen a exponentially greater difference in the way I feel!  I had been exercising regularly and was taking spin classes, and I found that my heart wasn’t struggling as hard to overcome all the sludge that must have been in my veins.  And the weight MELTED off.  I started at 209 lbs. and I am now hovering at around 165 lbs.
The first book I purchased after ditching meat was The Engine 2 Diet.  And while I couldn’t follow the 28 day program verbatim due to financial reasons, I took the principles to heart.  I also found great resources in the Engine 2 Extra site for building a list of meals I could eat and prepare quickly with my busy schedule.  I’d like to thank Rip SO MUCH for creating the book and this program.  I am working my way through the new book, “My Beef with Meat” and loving it!  I’ve even managed to successfully convert some of my friends over to plant strong eaters.  Sometimes I feel like I’m presenting the Gospel of Good Health!  The Engine 2 Program has given me the health and vitality that I SHOULD have had all along in my 20 something years.  And I can now look forward to good health for the rest of my life!
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  • Nikki

    And his wife that tried to get him to eat the vegetarian dish…has lost 15-20 lbs!

  • Leah

    Congratulations! This is wonderful! And so neat that your friends and colleagues are also interested and changing their minds towards health. You’re a great ambassador!

  • just me

    Good for you!